Meet Bolt and Keel, rescue cats turned adventure cats

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Photo: boltandkeel/Instagram 

When a rescue cat finds its forever home, it's usually a time of settling down, long cuddles on the couch, lazing in the sun and sniffing around the new abode.

Not so for Bolt and Keel, however, rescue cat brothers who embarked on a very unusual life after being adopted by adventure-loving humans Kayleen VanderRee and Danielle Gumbley.

These adorable felines are taking the concept of the outdoor cat to whole new levels.

They have more outdoor outfits than you, showing off their dinky attire on Instagram during their adventures hiking, mountain climbing, canoeing and skiing through British Columbia.

Cat raincoats are a thing? Oh yes they are. Cat-size life vests exist too.

 

Breaking stereotypes, one adventure at a time 😸 #boltandkeel

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Matching jackets on point🌿 @liveoutthere #boltandkeel

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You might wonder how these two cats came to live such an awesome and unconventional life.

When VanderRee and Gumbley discovered the two kittens behind a dumpster, they took them to the local animal shelter with the intention of surrendering them. They were due to leave for a two day hiking and camping trip the following day and finding the shelter closed, had no other option but to bring the kittens with them.

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And so began a life filled with adventure, the pair taking to life outdoors like ducks to water.

Bolt and Keel have nearly 100,000 followers, with cat lovers everywhere delighting in the beautiful animals shown in natural locations. 

 

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Even a spot of tobogganing isn't out of the question.

 

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His winter coat is nicer than yours.

 

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And of course the brothers are besties on the road, their mums imparting their top travel tips for followers with animals. 

 

Although we aren't experts, we've picked up a few road trip tricks with Bolt and Keel that may be useful while on our recent road trip with @hellobc • create a space that your cat is comfortable in. We packed a duffle bag with a sleeping bag. They ended up most of the time cuddling here. • Bring a small litter box. We tucked this securely behind the passenger seat on the floor • Making sure they have enough to drink on long travel days can be a challenge. Male cats are known to get dehydrated. We started bringing a little syringe (from our first aid kit) and will hand feed them water once in a while • On hot days, we ensure that we park in the shade if we need to stop (and only leave for a few minutes). It can extremely hot in vehicles and you can only just crack a window with cats. Be mindful of this! • We wouldn't have been able to do this trip if my car didn't have Air Conditioning. Comfort is key! Any other questions? Feel free to ask away, we will do our best to answer. @hellobc @yourbcparks @travelnorthernbc @clippercanoes

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There's also a newly-released book of their adventures, a unique gift for animal lovers who share a love of the outdoors.

 

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