Did you know that today is National Take Your Cat on an Adventure Day? As you might imagine, I think this is a great day. I think more kitties should get a chance to go out and see the world beyond their homes. I do and I have seen lots of fun and exciting things! But before you start planning your great adventure, there’s one big thing you need to think about: your human. Because you can’t go out on an adventure unless your human is prepared for it. If you want to be an adventure cat, you need to have an adventure human. So here are my suggestions for getting your human ready for adventure.
Seven Tips for Your Humans If You Are an Adventure Cat
- Know that humans have different adventure styles. Some humans are outdoorsy, and some aren’t. Take my human — she thinks roughing it is staying in a hotel that’s not near a Target or Whole Foods! So taking her on an outdoor adventure would not be a good idea. We fly places and have urban and indoor adventures. If your human thinks hiking or sailing is more her style, then you should probably do that instead. Whatever your human is most comfortable with is what you should do. If your human is unhappy on an adventure, you probably won’t have a great time either.
- Humans must be properly harness and leash trained. That means they need to find the most secure harness and walking vest for you, and give you lots of treats for wearing it, and for walking on a leash with it. It there is a sudden noise that startles you, you can pull yourself out of an ill-fitting harness so fast that you’ll get lost before you know what happened. My best harness is actually a really simple one, but my human has tested it by pulling me every which way with it and I really can’t get loose! I had to work with her a little to find the best harness and leash setup, but I got lots of treats for all my help.
- Consider your human your bodyguard. This is important human training. The world out there offers lots of fun, but there are also dangers — cars, mean dogs, coyotes and other wild predators. You human needs to be hyper aware to keep you safe from all of them. There are also plants that are not good for you to sniff or take a bite out of, and your human should know about what grows locally that you should steer clear of. Even insects can be dangerous — not all of them are edible, and some are poisonous! You human needs to know the dangerous ones in the area you are visiting.
- Speaking of insects, remember, there are fleas and ticks out there. You need to make sure your human examines you for these every time you return from an outdoor adventure. Even if that outdoors is just around your house. You should have flea and tick protection if you are going to be an adventure cat, but that doesn’t mean those nasty little critters won’t latch onto you — the flea and tick applications do wear off after a while.
- Gradually acclimate your human to adventures. She needs to master the harness and leash thing, and get used to being your bodyguard close to home before taking you any farther than that. She needs to understand your comfort zone, and when to judge that you’ve had enough for the day. This takes some practice.
- If your human is not very adventurous, and you aren’t either, you can still have adventures close to home. Binga enjoys just being on a harness and leash around the patio of our house, and I do too between my bigger adventures. Your human can even make adventures for you by putting together a catio, or creating a fun place for birds and other critters to visit right outside your favorite window so you can watch them from the comfort of your favorite perch.
- Remember that life is an adventure in itself! Tell your human not to be afraid to try something new and different with you — she may be surprised that both your boundaries are a lot bigger than you thought they were!