It's totally possible, but the steps you need to follow to achieve it depend very much on your cat's readiness.
While some cats are pretty much "raw" and their outdoors drive, energy and curiosity are through the roof, some will need desensitization and positive reinforcement.
Most likely you adore your cat and have been spending countles hours with them already, but your bond isn’t where you want it to be? There are behaviors that look off or attitudes that you would like to stop and it frustrates you that you can never quite figure out why are they happening or how to stop them.
How the heck do all of your favorite cat parents make their bond and adventures look so perfect, polished, and most importantly...effortless?
Or perhaps you’re working on clicker training cats and learning all you can, slowly, on your own, but you still don’t feel satisfied with progress and don't totally understand how to keep improving.
Maybe you’ve already started adventuring with your cat, taking them on family trips? You LOVED the feeling of taking your cat with you and want to do it even more. You’ve seen other cat parents doing things that inspire you, but you don’t know how to how to help your cat really thrive and be comfortable outdoors.
Back in 2020 before I started going on adventures with Mia, I used to look at other adventure cat parents and think to myself, “HOW?! I need to learn how to do that.” but didn’t have any friends who were adventure cat parents yet and felt unsure of where to start. Then one day, I decided to just go ahead and give it a shot first slowly in my building and later on around my neiborhood and I’ve been taking Mia with me ever since.
In the beginning, most of my decisions were just me reading as much about dogs as I could and using my knowledge about cats and particularly about Mia... taking my best guess?
I read so many books and watched so many YouTube videos but something would always go wrong (Mia not following commands, or getting scared, or behaving weirdly at home...) I could never quite figure out why! (Psst...If you don’t understand the source of the problem, it’s kinda hard to figure out how to fix it.)
Nevertheless, I loved going on adventures with her and clicker training and continued to do it constantly and awkwardly. As I practiced, I learned by trial and error, and things slowly started getting better. To the point where my friends and some early Social Media followers started asking me... HOW!?