Camping Cats Explore the Great Outdoors in Viral Social Media Trend

Skye, a Siberian with over 2200 Instagram followers, conquers the "meowtains." (Instagram/Camping with Cats)

Skye, a Siberian with over 2200 Instagram followers, conquers the “meowtains.” (Instagram/Camping with Cats)

Think your pet cat just wants to cozy up on the couch?

Think again, say the founders of the popular Instagram account called Camping with Cats.

A spin off of Camping with Dogs, the feline version shows real cats and their owners as they hike mountain trails, playing in tents and even kayaking.

And because cat people are, well, cat people, every post is accompanied by its own unique poem.

“When we started the account, we wanted to make it different from other accounts that feature photos of cats, so we decided to write all of our captions as haikus,” Kara Davidson, who runs the account, said

Among the more than 220 posts existing so far, there are tabbys, Siberians, American shorthairs and more.

Videos of indoor cats being dragged outside on leashes have amassed literally thousands of views online. Cats aren’t dogs—so how much could they really enjoy being outside?

“People are always asking how cats don’t just run away in fear when you take them camping or hiking,” Davidson stated. “I think many people perceive cats as lazy or anxious creatures that would be too scared to go outside and enjoy themselves. In reality, most cats enjoy the outdoors just as much as dogs.”

According to Camping with Cats, felines are just as adventurous as dogs and are quite curious about trying new experiences.

Want to see if your cat enjoys to be outside?

According to the ASPCA, camping with cats (or dogs) may be an enjoyable experience for both human and animal– but only if the right gear is obtained and used and the animal isn’t put in a compromising or stressful situation.

Make sure your pet is wearing his or her collar all the time, don’t let them stray far from the campsite and thoroughly inspect your campground for any potentially hazardous leftovers.

Once you’ve stocked up on a few of the key pet camping essentials– like a durable leash and speciality first aid kit– you, Fluffy, Fido and any other-four-legged friends are ready to hit the trails.

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