Does Fluffy Really Want to Be an Adventure Cat?

Can imposing our desires for a cat to take on a role similar to that of a dog possibly be harmful to the animal?

We have to rely on what we know about the housecat’s development, socialization and territoriality to help inform whether or not this is a good idea,” said Mikel Delgado, a cat behavior researcher at University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine.

the idea of taking cats to different territories at different times” — whether it’s different spots within your neighborhood or out in the mountains — “is counterintuitive to what we know about cats,” said Dr. Delgado.