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Tips from Cat Parents Who Have Taken These Adorable Kitty Siblings to 15+ National Parks

One of our panelists at Meowfest's virtual festival are the cat parents of the dynamic feline duo, Birch and Luna. Birch and Luna are - let's just say - some pretty experienced travelers. From poking around their backyard to gallivanting around 5+ National Parks, these kitties are living the dream!

Their knack for exploring (and looking absolutely adorable while doing it) makes anyone a little jealous, not to mention provides some pretty sick photo ops for this fantastic pair.

Let's get some insight into their National Parks road trip to see just how these cat parents make cat travel pawsible! 

1) What would you say to people who don't think it's possible or a good idea to travel or explore the outdoors with your cat? 

These fur babies still have their wonderful wild instincts and they are wired to hunt and sprint and play! They need space to use those instincts—it helps them stay regulated so they don’t get too “mad” or too “sad”. Yes, I’m that cat mom. I assign emotional meaning to my cats’ behaviors I do believe it’s important to account for differences in temperament, because each kitty is bound to have their quirks and preferences. But in our experience, time, consistency, patience, positive associations in the training process, and…some more time…will help you find a rhythm of adventure that fits for you and your kitties!

2) How many parks did you take Birch and Luna to? 

We took them “near” about 18 national parks. We were careful to choose hikes outside of ntl park boundaries, unless it was a national forest that allowed leashed pets. Many ntl parks do not allow leashed pets on trails, but some allow leashed pets to be out in certain parking lots/viewpoints etc. We wanted to be respectful of that! We learned along the way that ntl forests, ntl monuments, and state parks usually have more flexible rules!

3) How would you describe the path of your road trip with the cats? And what were the coolest places you went on your travels?

In February of 2019, instead of putting down roots and a deposit on a home in Seattle, my husband and I both quit our jobs and left on an extended road trip…WITH our two ragdoll cats! From Seattle, we headed down the Pacific Coast, where sweet Luna managed to roll the window down along the 101 every time that we forgot to turn the safety lock on (see video below)! After our coastal adventures and an amazing stay at Birch and Luna’s favorite cat friendly hotel,The Marker (San Francisco), we moved inland towards the magic of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. But, it was the Chihuahuan Desert that won the fur babies’ hearts. Birch and Luna’s favorite hike of the trip was in White Sands National Monument, New Mexico—home of the world’s largest gypsum dune field. It was their first hike in sand dunes, and they could NOT get enough of it! We enjoyed visiting all the red rock parks in AZ and UT, where Birch and Luna found their second-favorite hike at Coral Pink Sand Dunes. We headed up to the Rockies in CO and WY for some snow hikes before making our way back home to Seattle after four weeks on the road! Birch and Luna grew a huge appetite for change and adventure on our trip, and they demand regular walks now that we’re home! So we frequent beautiful walking trails in the old growth forest and beachfront at Lincoln Park, just a few minutes from our apartment. 

Here are some adorable photos and videos from their trip!

Hanging out, catching the breeze!

Desert Kitty 🐈

White sands national park 🐾

Scoping out the nearest scratching post 👀

Hike to horseshoe bend 🌵

Birch at dusk ✨

Luna riding the sand dunes 🤙

Lots to do at the air bnb!

Hotel Marker in San Fran, 10/10 would recommend.

Chilling out in between hikes 😸

Coral pink sands state park is just magical. 

Making a stop at San Juan County Park. 

Holding on for dear life at Lincoln Park 😹

These two are just the best travel buddies any fur baby could have! What an amazing trip 😻

 

If you want to hear more about Birch and Luna's travel adventures, tune in tonight, July 10th at 6pm PST/9pm ET for our panel "Going Beyond the Great Indoors!" Hosted by our Co-Founder, Emily Miethner, where their cat parents will be panelists!

More info and tickets, here

 


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