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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.


Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

KB - October 25, 2012

He sure does look like an amazing kitty!!!!

Jodi - October 25, 2012

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.

Jane Boursaw - October 25, 2012

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.

Karen Friesecke - October 24, 2012

My cat used to follow me when I’d walk the dog around the neighbourhood, but Bug is the cat’s meow! Cool kitty!!

Remy - October 24, 2012

Don’t tell my kitties I ever said this, but Bug has to be just about the coolest cat around!

toni - October 24, 2012

Love this….wonder if my kitty would like to go on a hike?? lol

Jen - October 24, 2012

Bug is adorable! I love the look on Lilly’s face as she watches Bug.

Susan and Wrigs - October 24, 2012

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!

Candy - October 24, 2012

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.

Sam - October 24, 2012

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


Ingrid King - October 24, 2012

What a great story! That is one adventurous kitty!

Linda Martin - October 24, 2012

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

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