The Berkshire cat who loves climbing Snowdon along with his canine pal


A Berkshire rescue cat, with the help of his puppy mate and new owner, has swapped cozy lives around the house to climb to the top of Snowdon.

Katie Bowen first met Orion when he was rescued in June 2019, when he was just two days old.

The 31-year-old vet raised him and his sister by hand. Since the pair were found at such a young age, not much is known about their background or even race, reports PA.

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Unfortunately Katie only had room for one kitten and fell in love with “Mommy’s Boy” Orion, so she decided to adopt him.

After Katie and Lurcher Pongo adopted him, Orion only roamed around inside, but now the two-and-a-half-year-old cat has posed for a photo 1,085 meters on Snowdon.

She started training the kitten on a harness when it was nine weeks old.

Katie said, “I started harnessing him as a kitten and he didn’t blink.

“So I thought, ‘I’m taking Pongo on all of these adventures, why shouldn’t Orion be there?’

“I started by putting a harness on him at home so he could get used to it around the house, then I started putting on the leash.”

Orion loves his outdoor adventures

In September 2019, Orion stepped outside with his harness for the first time, went for a walk with Katie and Pongo, and loved every second of it.

But Katie from Berkshire announced that his climbing skills didn’t “have kittens” until October this year.

She said, “We had a hairy moment in Westonbirt in October 2021 when I made him climb a tree, but he went higher than I could reach and didn’t move.

“I spent about 20 minutes waiting for him to decide to come down. He was quite happy just to sit and watch everyone. I had kittens and thought he wasn’t coming back! “

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But then in September 2020 Orion climbed Snowdon. “Wherever we go, people are very excited. They always say, ‘Oh my god, that’s a cat,’ ”laughed Katie.

“I had to carry it up the Snowdon a bit, but we climbed it together anyway. He could explore something that was brilliant. “

She added, “Snowdon wasn’t his favorite expedition because it was a bit windy which is the main element he doesn’t like, so he partially hid in my cat carrier.”

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