I found a great article on Adventure Cats and if any of you wanted to turn your cat into an adventure partner, it offered some excellent advice. Obviously, the first thing to do is honestly judge your cat’s personality. For instance, though Mr. M knows how to walk on a leash, he is not curious and to be honest, he is happiest when hiding in a box. Purrseidon, on the other paw, is very inquisitive, and she sees her harness as the ‘key’ to investigating the world.
The article has a lot of good information and if you do plan to train your cat for adventure, you should read the whole thing. But if you simply like the idea, these quotes are pertinent:
Learn to read [your cat’s] body language. Animals tell us a lot through their body language, and understanding what your cat is telling you is really important when taking them to new environments. –Martin Henrion
If you want to get from A to B, you’ll probably have to carry him a lot. Save the wandering for camp. –Stephen Simmons
I always recommend that pet parents carry their cat outdoors, rather than letting the cat walk outdoors on his own. The reason is to reduce the tendency for door-dashing when the leash is not on. A cat who is used to walking out of his own accord when the leash is on probably will try to do that at other times as well. -Dr. Kat Miller, Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Research