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This week, meet Ruger from @yooper_adventure_cat, adopted kitty who loves exploring the Midwest with his cat mom Kim. In May of 2015, Kim was working at the Upper Peninsula Animal Welfare Shelter when a foster-parent of the shelter walked in with a crate full of a kitten litter ready for adoption. This was a routine scenario, but that day, in particular, was certainly not routine.
"I peered through the bars of the crate to see the little one, and of all the kittens piled together, there was one that immediately caught my attention. Maybe it was his wild eyes or his tiny "tuxedo" coat... whatever it was, I felt an instant connection," says Kim.
"There was a strong feeling in my heart that this kitten was meant to be mine."
Now an official "adventure cat," Ruger had always had a wild heart and confident spirit.
"After bringing him home, I named the little tyke 'Ruger' because he was a pistol of a kitten. His confidence never wavered, even when meeting our German Shepherd, Zoey, for the first time."
Ruger and Kim love to take hikes on the trails or walks along the lakes, and Kim has learned from Ruger to "take a step back from the stress of everyday life" and "explore just a little bit more."
Kim's biggest tips for first-time cat-guardians?
"Take the time to bond with your cat. Play together. Cuddle together. Explore together. You won't regret the relationship that is built from that foundation.
Ruger getting in some snuggles with his cat dad 😸
Enjoying the simple things in life 🍁
They love going on walks & exploring fun places in the Midwest together 🐾