Hiking With a Cat – Photo Essay

I learned an important lesson last Friday. Hiking with a cat is quite a bit different from hiking with a dog. It’s a lot slower process, and it shocks the heck out of people you encounter on the trails. Meet our friend BUG … the adventurous kitty from Wisconsin.

Bug has now hiked in 5 different states. She is a super social, unflappable kitty. At about 18 months old, she weighs just 6 pounds. I’ve blogged about her before, but I finally got to meet Bug in person. Bug hikes. She camps. She travels the country by car and plane. Bug is even learning to ride a paddle board, while wearing a tiny, homemade life vest.

She came to Colorado with her favorite person, Dr. Ken Lambrecht from Westside Family Pet Clinic in Madison, Wisconsin. He was in Colorado for a veterinary meeting, and he made time to visit me and Lilly in the canyon.

Lilly stayed in the car because even though she was feeling really well last week … I did NOT think she was up to a real hike of any distance. BUT, Lilly and Bug poked around together afterwards.

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Bug, the mighty predator

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Bug seeks a safe spot from dogs hiking by

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Bug considers a nap mid-hike

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Bug tries a little rock climbing

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Bug watches Lilly below

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Just a couple of girlfriends on a hike (notice Bug on the rocks above)

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Lilly watches Bug scale the rocks

I’m trying really hard to MAKE time to see friends. Since Ken and Bug were only in town for the weekend, I ditched work for a couple of hours to get outside with my puppy-girl and to meet this amazing kitty.


12 thoughts on “Hiking With a Cat – Photo Essay

  1. KB
    October 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    He sure does look like an amazing kitty!!!!
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  2. October 25, 2012 at 9:03 am

    I have a hard enough time hiking with the two dogs, never mind adding Bob the cat to the mix! 🙂

    Still I might try it if it was just me and the cat.
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  3. October 25, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Awww, love this! We used to walk with our cat Bill all the time. What a cutie Bug is. And love seeing Lilly out and about.
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  4. October 24, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    My cat used to follow me when I’d walk the dog around the neighbourhood, but Bug is the cat’s meow! Cool kitty!!
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  5. October 24, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Don’t tell my kitties I ever said this, but Bug has to be just about the coolest cat around!
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  6. October 24, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Love this….wonder if my kitty would like to go on a hike?? lol
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  7. Jen
    October 24, 2012 at 2:26 pm

    Bug is adorable! I love the look on Lilly’s face as she watches Bug.
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  8. October 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Bug is one cool kitty! I love that she calmly gets herself out of harms way when she encounters strange dogs on the trail. I once had a cat that liked to go camping with me, but she wasn’t a big fan of hiking. I’m glad you and Lilly had a chance to meet Bug and spend some time with her. I hope you’ll share some photos and videos of Bug on the paddle board in the future!
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  9. Candy
    October 24, 2012 at 7:53 am

    Amazing, I also never heard of a hiking off-leash cat. However, the most important part…these are great pictures of Lilly! She looks like her old-self.

  10. Sam
    October 24, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Wow! …and Bug isn’t on a leash? What an amazing kitty.

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  11. October 24, 2012 at 7:09 am

    What a great story! That is one adventurous kitty!
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  12. October 24, 2012 at 7:05 am

    Great story…never heard of a hiking cat! Makes me smile!
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