Bolt and Keel

Brothers and Adventure Cats


adventure cats

How to Take Better Photos of Your Cat

We don’t judge, we know you have more photos of your cat on your phone than anything else. But are they any good? If you dream of Instagram fame for your cat, here are a few simple tricks to capture your furry feline in all his or her glory.

1.Get low.

Lil Jon knows what he’s talking about. Okay, maybe Lil Jon has nothing to do with taking photos, but we do encourage you to get low, low, low.

Although the lake is better shown in this photo, it doesn’t tell the whole story of Bolt and Keel.
This low angle shows the content in both Keel and his human’s face.


2.Take lots (just remember to delete the bad ones)

What you don’t see on our Instagram feed is all the photos that have motion blur, are too dark, or the cats just aren’t cooperating. Cats are unpredictble and they won’t always sit and stay like a dog would. So we’ve started taking 20 photos for every one we post. That way we have lots to choose from!

Although Bolt looks cute, Keel is ruining his vibe in this shot. Let’s try again.
The lighting is right, Bolt is looking majestic, and Keel is looking off to the distance. Worth taking 20 shots for the right one.

3.Use a quick shutter speed for those action shots

Bolt and Keel are always on the move, okay lets rephrase that. Keel is always on the move. On a dark trail or when in need of an action shot, we up the shutter speed to make sure we don’t get motion blur.

A dark gloomy day and speedy cats means a lot of motion blur.
With a fast shutter speed, Bolt can be captured in all his fluffy glory.

4.Get their attention first

If you want your cats to be the next Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat, you have to make sure the photos are about them! Each photo tells a story and depending how you capture can depend on how it tells the story. Your cat’s fans want the story to be about your cat!

When looking away from the camera, the focus becomes what they are looking at. Which you can’t even see in the photo.
With a few clicking noises, Bolt and Keel looked over. Well kind of. But now when looking at the photo, you wonder what they are thinking and they become the focus of the image again.

Written by: Kayleen VanderRee

Kayleen is currently living her 8 year-old-self’s dream of following her cats around on adventures and taking their photos. You can check out more of Kayleen’s work and noncat related adventures here.

Adventure Cat Harness Review and Comparison

What harness is right for your cat? Something that they can’t wiggle out of and sturdy enough to withstand their outdoor adventures. We have tested and reviewed 7 harnesses for you! So… Which one has withstood the Bolt and Keel seal of approval?


Disclaimer: All opinions are our own. Almost all of these harnesses we paid for with our own money (expect for the Alcott one) and have created this review so you don’t have to waste your money too! Please note that some of these links are affiliate links, thanks for supporting Bolt and Keel and their adventures! Prices in USD.


1. PetSafe – Come With Me Kitty Harness


Find it here: Come With Me Kitty Harness

Cost: $12-28 Size: L

Cat used on: Bolt

Final Thoughts: This harness is extremely adjustable and great for when Bolt is walking and pulling against it. It includes a bungee leash, which is handy for an inconsistent walker. The small straps are great with Bolt’s fluffy fur and the attachment ring is nice and solid. We decided to not use this one on Keel as he is a master at wriggling out of things and needs something more secure.


2. Alcott Gear – Essentials Harness


Find it here: Alcott Essentials Harness

Cost: $19.99 Size: S

Cat used on: Bolt

Final Thoughts: We love the tough build of the Essentials harness, it’s mesh front, and its fully adjustable front and back straps. The downside to this harness is that it’s smallest size is a small, which is slightly loose on Bolt and is too big for Keel. Bolt’s leg tangled a few times on our hike, but he did not slip out.


3. RC Pets – Cirque Harness

Find it here: RC Pet Cirque Harness

Cost: $19.99 Size: S

Cat used on: Keel

Final Thoughts: This harness is extremely tough and keeps Keel secure. We love the adjustable velcro tabs and the thinner collar neck that doesn’t seem to bother him. When Keel pulled away, he somehow managed to get his foot through the neck hole, but overall seemed extremely secure. One concern is comfort when lying down, so we choose to take it off when in the car or tent. We decided not to use this harness on Bolt, as his fluff is too fluffy!


4. YUP! by Sporn – Non Pulling Harness

Find it here: YUP! Non Pulling Harness

Cost: $7.99 Size: XS

Cat used on: Bolt

Final thoughts: This harness seems to work great on Bolt, but not secure enough for wriggly Keel. If backing up or started, Bolt can slip out of the front loops of the legs. We like how affordable this harness is, the mesh front, the padded straps, and the adjustable top toggle.


5. Jump – Air Mesh Harness

Find a similar one here: RC Pet Products Harness

Cost: $18.00 Size: XS

Cat used on: Keel

Final thoughts: This harness worked great while Keel was mid-sized (a teenager), but he has since grown out of it. We decided to not get the bigger size of this one, as we prefer the neck loop to be more adjustable. Keel also seemed to be bothered by the strap behind his armpit, but this may be because it got too small. We like how this harness fit considering it is a dog harness and we like the look of it!


6. General Cat Harness


Find a similar one here: Adjustable Cat Harness

Cost: $6.73 Size: XS

Cat used on: Both

Final thoughts: As kittens these worked great, their full weight could be picked up with the two adjustable straps and the secure loop that the leash attaches to. We decided to go with something tougher and more comfortable once they outgrew these.


7. Kurgo – Go Tech Harness

Find it here: Kurgo Go-Tech Harness

Cost: $23.56 Size: XS

Final thoughts: We got these harnesses on sale online, but the cats couldn’t wear them as the front neck loop is non-adjustable and was too large. These are technically dog harnesses, and built tough! We wish these could have worked!

7 Steps For Your Adventure Cat in Training

Are you tired of your cat being a lazy, freeloading, hair shedding loaf? Follow these steps to turn your boring house cat into an adventurous “meowtain” lion.

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Over Christmas we went to visit family where there is a lot more snow! Not only was there a ton of white-stuff up the mountain, it happened to be snowing the day we went ‘snowpawing’. We went in search of a small cabin with our dog friend Luki and his humans. It didn’t take long for Keel to get in the groove, but Bolt preferred to stay in the human’s jacket, as his long hair was a magnet to the snow!

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Marble Meadows

Our very first adventure. We drove 5 hours, camped, canoed, hiked up a mountain, camped again and then made our way back.

Trip highlights: attempting to be a backpack burrito and peeing on our human’s sleeping bag when they slept.

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