You might think the sight of a cat on a leash is a bit odd, but taking your kitty on walks is a great way to engage their natural exploratory instincts in a safe and controlled manner.

“Part of a cat’s true nature is their adventurous spirit – both indoors and out,” says Purina veterinarian Deb Greco. “Outdoor excursions and dynamic indoor experiences are not only fun, but can be a great way to enrich your cat’s life. Though we feel it’s a responsible choice for your cat to live indoors, leash training and venturing outdoors can be a great way to enrich your cat’s life. You feel great after spending time outdoors – imagine what a safe outdoor experience can do for your cat. National “Take Your Cat on an Adventure” Day is the perfect time to try leash walking your cat!”

But of course, not all kitties are fans of the great outdoors, so Adventure Cats has some fun tips on how to bring the adventure inside as well.

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Ready to take your cat on the purrfect adventure on the 15th? Check out all of the different ideas for how to purrticipate here and don’t forget to share pics and videos of your catventures by tagging them with #MyGreatCat and @ProPlanCat for a chance to win a year’s supply of Pro Plan cat food and be featured in the Adventure Cats photo gallery!

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Photos: Diane Bondareff/AP Images for Purina Pro Plan