Our old Mama Kitty used to walk with me and Cliff on our 45-minute walk meandering through the pasture every day. I thought it was rather unusual, a cat walking with us. But it made me smile to think she was willing to do all that unnecessary walking just to hang out with us.As she got older, she gradually went less distance with us until finally she chose to take it easy and stay home. It was time to retire, I suppose.
Cliff can't go for walks now. It hurts his knees and hip. I've had to quit several times due to my replaced knee hurting, but I keep trying. Right now I don't have enough pain to worry about, but when I do, I stop going for a few days until it stops hurting, then try again. By shortening the distance we used to go, I'm managing a walk, although it's much shorter and slower than what I once did. But it gets me out in the beautiful outdoors and keeps me moving, and gives Gabe some outside time, too.This was taken just back of our house. I walk straight back into the tree-line right about the center of this picture, then down a gentle slope to where I once had my primitive little cabin in the woods.
Three days ago, Blue, the cat, decided to walk with me and Gabe. He had a blast! He'd veer off 25 feet away from us in the weeds, sneak back up and stalk us, then pounce on Gabe's back, scaring the wits out of him. He's joined us three days straight, so I guess we have another "walking cat". Maybe that isn't as unusual as I thought. In the next picture, Blue's color almost matches my shadow.
I shot a very brief video of us walking. I've never had good luck trying to take pictures and videos of cats. They don't believe in posing. The fact that I was walking didn't help.
Blue is a better walking companion that Gabe, because he takes care of himself. With Blue on leash. it's a chore keeping him in hand. I can't let him run loose, though. There are too many creatures that would entice him to chase them, and who knows where he'd end up.
If you can get outside even for a few minutes every day, it's good for what ails you. If you can't walk for any reason, then find a place to sit outside and enjoy your surroundings awhile. You'll be better for it.