Here’s our first cat backpacker, or rather backpacked cat.
In 2008, a French couple, Guillaume and Laetitia, left Miami for a hike. Their goal: Tierra del Fuego, on the tip of South America and 15,000 km from Miami. Their restrictions: they had to do it all on foot, and their budget was limited to one Euro per day each! Two months in, in Lousiana, they found a small gray kitten, which they promptly named Kitty. Kitty has become part of the trek, and is toted along in a backpack:
The pair (Laetitia bailed out in September) is now in Colombia, and you can follow the adventures of Guillaume and Kitty on the expedition website (note: you’ll have to be able to read French, but if you can’t there are many videos and photos). There is some dissent about this trek, centering on the advisability of toting a cat along instead of giving it a good home. And, if they’re only in Colombia after three years (the projected length of the entire hike), the enterprise may have hit a snag.
There are many more videos here, with lots showing Kitty.
And, of course, the journey has a Facebook site.