There’s no question that indoor cats lead longer and healthier lives. I believe that the only way cats should ever go outside is on a harness and leash. Some of the cats at Best Friends animal sanctuary in Utah get to experience this safe way to enjoy the great outdoors in a spectacular setting. “The reality is a lot of these cats are going to spend the rest of their lives here,” says Michelle Warfle, a former aerospace engineer who is now the cat manager at Best Friends Animal Society. “So we need to enrich their life as much as possible. And getting them outside is just fun for them.” For more on cat hiking, and some wonderful photos, please read “Cat Hiking Is a Real Thing. A Real, Wonderful Thing That You Can Experience” on the Huffington Post, or visit the Best Friends website for more information on hiking with cats.

If you missed any of the stories featured on The Conscious Cat this week, here’s a recap: on Monday, we reported on a recent study that found that you may not be able to trust cat food labels, on Tuesday, we reviewed Peach Industries’ Kitty Lounger, on Wednesday, we provided tips on keeping your indoor cat happy, on Friday, we reviewed The Savage Kingdom by Simon David Eden, and we told you about a contest which gives you a chance to win cash prizes for your cat videos.

Today’s video of two cats who are best buddies for life is one of the sweetest things I’ve seen in a while. How many times did you go “awww” while you were watching it?

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Have a great weekend!

Photo via Best Friends website.

6 Comments on Mews and Nips: Cat Hiking? It’s a Real Thing!

  1. Bit late with my comment but basically I feel as the others do – I’dbe a nervous wreck taking any of our three cats for a walk, leash and harness or not. Denis O’Connor’s lovely book about Toby Jug – “Pawtracks in the Moonlight ” speaks of him taking Toby with him on walks – but firstly putting him in a rucksack and RIDING A HORSE to where they ended up… even more scary. Cats are such unpredictable creatures and could – and possibly would! – take off at the slightest unfamiliar noise – surely? Like the idea and the Sanctuary is obviously well equipped for such things but… not for me, and not for many people I think.

  2. I was lucky enough to take BOB for a walk while at Best Friends – he decided that he would rather snooze in my lap and the staff found us about an hour later – -best experience EVER!!!!!

  3. I would like it if my human took me hiking, but she is so paranoid and worried about my safety that it would have to be some sort of mostly-pretend urban nature area! Like a miniature golf course or something.

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