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Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest

Adventure Cats: Living Nine Lives to the Fullest

by Laura J. Moss


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Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about cats comes the ultimate—and unexpected—guide to taking your cat into the wild. Here are cats walking on a leash. Cats hiking on a leash. Cats tramping through snow. Cats camping. Cats kayaking, canoeing, even surfing—yes, cats who love water.

When animal writer and active hiker Laura Moss couldn’t find an online resource for hitting the trail with her cat, she created one. took off like wildfire, with attention from Wired, the Huffington Post, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed, and much more. Now, the book Adventure Cats—a collection of jaw-dropping photographs, inspiring stories of real-life cats, and all the how-to a cat owner needs—will take readers and their cats well beyond the backyard. Learn how to leash-train a cat. What to do if you encounter wildlife on the trail. Plus, winter safety tips, and how to bring a little bit of the outdoors to an indoor cat.

The stories themselves are catnip for animal lovers, from Nanakuli, the one-eyed cat who hangs ten; to Georgie, a four-year-old gray tabby who lives on a sailboat; to Quandary, who not only insists on hiking with her family but also teaches them a valuable lesson: When you follow your cat’s natural tendency to wander, you experience the outdoors at a slower, richer pace. This book will delight every cat person, regardless of whether their pet is inclined to adventure. (Take the quiz at the beginning of the book to find out!)


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780761193562
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company, Inc.
Publication date: 05/16/2017
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 703,734
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Laura J. Moss is the cofounder of—the first and only online resource for information on safely exploring the great outdoors with your feline friend—which, with an audience of 150,000 monthly visitors (and growing) and 63,000 Instagram followers, has become a sensation since it launched in October 2015, garnering attention from Wired, the Huffington Post, Good magazine, Outside magazine, BuzzFeed,Your Cat magazine, Mother Nature Network, MSN, Hello Giggles, Bustle, Distractify, AOL, CatChannel, iHeartCats, Petcha, the Guardian, and the Daily Mail. has partnered with Purina to co-host a cat-hiking media event in Central Park in connection with National Adventure with Your Cat Day (June 15). Laura, in addition to being a mom to three rescue animals, is also a journalist whose work has appeared on CNN, the Huffington Post, Forbes, Yahoo, and Best Friends magazine. She spent six years as a senior editor for the Mother Nature Network, the world’s most visited sustainable-living news site, where she primarily wrote about pets and animals—but mostly cats. She lives in Atlanta, GA.

Table of Contents


Introduction . . .  1
The Adventure Cats story• Why adventure with a cat?
Meet Eevee, Who Turned Her Rescuer into a Cat Person . . .  16
Meet Vladimir, the Cat Visiting All 59 U.S. National Parks . . .  22

Learn the Basics . . .  28
Leash training• Clicker training• Feline body language• Air and car travel with cats
Meet Bolt and Keel, Canadian Rescue Kitties . . .  58
Meet Floyd, “The Lion” . . .  64

Safety Fur-st . . . 70
Feline first aid• Packing tips• Getting purrpared for an adventure
Meet Shade and Simba, Best Friends and Adventure Buddies . . .  98
Meet Millie, the Ultimate “Crag Kitty” 104
Meet Yoshi, a Boy’s Best Friend . . .  110

From Backyard to Backwoods : Hiking and Camping with Cats . . .  114
Exploring the yard• Hitting the trail• Ensuring a happy campurr
Meet Quandary, the Kit ten Who Says “I Do” to Adventure . . . 120
Meet Kiva and Kleo, Two Camp Cats . . . 130

Cats on the High Seas : Surfing, Sailing, and Swimming . . . 138
Introducing your cat to water• Boating with paws on board
Meet Nanakuli, the One-Eyed Cat Who Hangs Ten . . . 146
Meet Georgie, the Ship ’s Cat Who Sails the World . . . 154

Pawprints in the Snow: Wild Winter Adventures . . . 160
Braving the elements• Safety tips for cold weather
Meet Jesper, the Nor way Kitty Who Skis . . .  164
Meet Ruger, AKA “The Snow King” . . .  174

Cats in the Neighborhood: Adventures Close to Home . . .  180
Exploring the concrete jungle• Getting creative: “Catios” and feline-friendly gardens
Meet Bela, the Brooklyn Adventurer . . .  186

Defying the Odds: Cats Who Overcame Disability to Explore the Great Outdoors . . . 200
Meet Stevie, the Cat Who Doesn’t Need Sight to Enjoy the Great Outdoors . . .  204
Meet Zhiro—She Can’t Jump, but She Can Climb . . . 208

Resources . . . 215
Acknowledgments . . . 217
About the Author . . . 218

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