How can cats possibly go along with you when you go hiking, biking, kayaking or even simply to the beach? We are used to dogs always accompanying us in our adventures, but we rarely if ever conceive of the notion that cats can do these things as well. And for many cats this is true. By nature, they do tend to like to stay in their own familiar territories and that means at home or in their neighborhoods if they are outdoor cats.
But, did you know that there is a whole community of people who do take their cats along on their activities and the cats enjoy it greatly.
In this episode of Raising Your Paws podcast, Hasara Lay, chief explorer, and creator of the Catexplorer website and podcast tells you how to know if your cat has the personality to adapt well to going on unusual adventures, what to do to prepare them, and what you need to make sure they are safe and happy while you are discovering the world together.
Do you think your cat would like going to these places with you? Photos from Catexplorer.co.
My cat Willie, used to regularly walk to the beach with me when I lived in Michigan City, Indiana and worked for the National Park Service.
This isn’t him at the beach – I didn’t think to take photos back then, (duh) but this one reminds me of our days on the sand.
In this episode, I also featured another true personal pet story from a listener of the podcast. This is a story many of us can relate to. The effects balancing numerous, necessary, yet stressful responsibilities all at once, can have on a person. Wendy Levine tells the story of taking in her elderly parents cat, Hemi, who they could no longer care of and how this tiny, 15 year old cat with a lot of medical issues, and a constant need for attention, pushed Wendy to her limits of patience and tolerance. Then how she came out on the other side of acceptance and love for this cat- having learned lessons she would have never expected from a feline. You’ll want to hear the story.
Full Show Notes for Raising Your Paws Podcast, Episode 68.
Title: Why Pups Are Snapped At By Older Dogs & How Cats Can Go Hiking And Biking.
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Has your puppy gotten snapped at by an adult dog? Or has your adult dog irritably jumped on a puppy for no apparent reason? In this episode, I’ll explain the action that may look to you, like unprovoked aggression but in reality is a normal and to be expected correction of the youngster’s behavior.
Then, there are cats who do along with their humans on all sorts of adventures, like hiking and boating. How is this possible? Hasara Lay, creator of the Catexplorer website and podcast explains how to determine if your cat has the right temperament to become a world explorer and how to start getting your cat ready to discover more of their world.
Plus, another true, personal pet story from listener, Wendy Levine. Hear the emotional story about a cat named Hemi, who turned out to be an unexpected teacher of patience and mindfulness for Wendy.
Additional Resources for the Show.
Source for the story about corrections from dogs – Why Does My Dog do that? By Sophie Collins.
Catexplorer.co – Everything you need to know about having your cat discover the world.