While some domestic cats are content to simply watch the world through the windows, some cats may easily take to a harness and enjoy exploring the great outdoors. Meet this fearless feline who accompany her human on outdoor adventures.
Suki, the newest four-legged star of Instagram, has 200,000 followers who love keeping up with her newest adventures along the Canadian countryside. And, frankly, no one is surprised by her large fan base. Suki’s good looks, her owner’s photography skills and the breathtaking scenery of Canada make a winning combination!
As most Bengal cat owners know, this breed is famed for their love of outdoor activities, exploring and positive attitude towards water. It seems that Suki is no different, judging by her fearless canoeing and forest scouting!
I took the opportunity to ask her owner, Martina Gutfreund, to tell us a little bit more about her beautiful Bengal Suki and their adventures.
Tell me a bit about yourself and your cat. Why did you choose this breed and Suki in particular?
My partner and I do a lot of hiking and camping together and after our last kitty passed away we decided to get a new kitten. This time around we really wanted to have a pet that we didn’t always have to leave behind on weekends when we go on our trips, I had read up quite a bit on Bengal cats and how they are very high in energy. We knew it could be a handful, but we had to be sure that our new kitty could keep up with our adventures!
What is Suki’s behavior like on a walk?
Suki really loves walking on narrow trails and boardwalks, but unfortunately, we always have to go really early before other people hit the hiking trails. Suki LOVES people, and she always has to say hello when she comes across someone on the trail, that means I just end up carrying her so that we can keep moving. That’s something we are still training her with, but she is still a kitten… we have hope! :)
What motivates you the most to go out on hikes with your cat?
Taking Suki on our adventures is SO much fun and she is really easy to travel with! I think people enjoy seeing a kitty break the stereotypes that are usually associated with cats, she is leash trained, loves car rides, goes camping, goes canoeing, loves water, goes hiking, and does just about everything that a dog can do. It’s amazing to see how many people want to take their cats on trips with them despite the funny looks and the odd rude comments. Kitties are capable of a lot more than they have been given credit for! :)
Do you have a favorite location? What makes it your favorite hike?
We usually travel around Alberta and sometimes in British Columbia. Our adventures mostly include short hikes, canoe rides, and lots of camping. Suki’s favorite hike ever was in Johnston Canyon in Banff, Alberta. Nearly the whole trail consists of boardwalks suspended on cliffs with a rushing river in the canyon below… pretty much her paradise. We are planning on taking her overseas to Europe in the spring if we can afford the trip by that time!
Any non-obvious must-haves we should be packing for the trail?
Probably the most essential thing I learned early on for her was that she will not drink water on the trail whatsoever. This can be really dangerous on longer hikes or hot days, so I always bring a can of wet food and a small bowl with us. Then I put in a small amount of food and around 2oz. of water mixed in… she drinks it right up! Not every cat will be the same, but it’s a good trick for those that won’t drink water.
How do you keep your adventurous cat entertained when you’re not on a hike?
When we are not on road trips, Suki needs to go on daily walks… otherwise she is way too high in energy and tends to play rough. Luckily we live right behind the forest so whenever she gets a little too rowdy I know it’s time for her walk. We started taking Suki outside 1 month after we took her home for the first time (she is 7 months old now), and she adapted so quickly.