Instagram is full of awe-inspiring photos of travelers and influencers showing off stunning views from their journeys. However, as influencers copy other influencers, the photos can get repetitive and uninspiring. That, or maybe you’re just tired of seeing those picture-perfect models posing in every shot. If that’s the case, then this Instagram account is just for you!
Meet Gary, a 5-year-old rescue kitty that has one of the best social media accounts out there. He’s not just any floof-ball posing for cutesy photos, this cat is a true adventurer who loves hiking, paddling and meowntaineering. And after taking a peek at his gallery, you might feel a tingling sense of envy, as this feline has better vacations than most of us.
Bored Panda has reached out to Gary’s owner for an interview and he shared some exciting details about the kitty. “Gary really likes our adventures, and I work really hard to make sure he’s always happy and comfortable,” said James, Gary’s owner and social media manager. He revealed that Gary’s introduced to new activities slowly, so the cat has time to adjust to them on his own terms. “I’ve created a bit of a monster though because if I don’t take him out enough, he sits at the door and meows,” James explained.
“We only started adventuring with Gary recently,” James explained. “He showed a keen interest in going outside and even escaped once so we decided to harness train him after we moved,” he added. The choice was obvious, as not only could traffic outside be dangerous, but there are other hazards lurking outside. “There’s a lot of predators like bears, wolves, coyotes and birds of prey in our area and it’s unsafe to have free roaming cats,” the owner elaborated. He also said that getting Gary in a harness also protected small mammals and songbirds from ending up being the cat’s prey.
“It’s taken several months but Gary’s finally figured out the point of hiking trails and now whenever he sees one, will follow it,” the owner detailed the hikes with his kitty. Unfortunately, even though it makes walking with Gary easier, it also had an unforeseen downside – it’s now difficult to stop and take photos with the cat. As for what happens when the pet gets tired? James explains that Gary has a way to communicate that as well: “When he gets tired of walking, he’ll stop and meow at my feet so that I’ll pick him up and carry him – he likes to ride on my shoulders but we also have a backpack he will ride in as well”. Turns out, Gary likes to take occasional naps inside the backpack! Now that’s surely a luxurious way to travel.
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