Photos courtesy of Sabrina Ursin
Dogs are often considered the go-to candidates for animal hiking companions, but there are plenty of trailblazing kitties out there, too!
One such feline is Honey Bee, an adventurous kitty that not only boasts a penchant for hiking, but is also completely blind.
She currently resides in Seattle, but Honey Bee was born in the island country of Fiji. Her owner, Sabrina Ursin, met and fell in love with her while volunteering at a small low-cost clinic and rescue shelter called Animals Fiji.
Honey Bee roamed around outside all the time when she lived in Fiji, but since that wasn't really an option in the big city of Seattle, Sabrina and her husband Jonathan began to leash train her so she could experience the great outdoors again.
After starting out small with short walks around the neighborhood and city parks, the curious cat soon graduated to more challenging terrain and is now tackling mountains!
Because she can't see, one of Honey Bee's favorite aspects of hiking is being able to experience all the interesting sounds and smells around her. She especially loves listening to the sound of water, and since she's great at sensing the edges around her, she's able to get quite close to the water without falling in.
All of this extra sensory exploration means that Honey Bee's hiking trips can take a bit of time, but it's well worth it for her humans, who want nothing more than to enrich the life of this one-of-a-kind kitty.
When Honey Bee gets tired, she often hitches a ride on one of her human's backs or cuddles up in a special kitty sling.
Check out the video below to see Honey Bee and her humans hiking the Ira Spring Memorial Trail to Mason Lake, in the mountains outside of Seattle. This nearly 7-mile round trip is the longest and most ambitious hike Honey Bee has taken so far!
Continue below for more photos of this remarkable feline!
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