Meet Honey Bee, a blind cat from Fiji with a beautiful spirit and a wonderful message of hope. Once upon a time Honey Bee lived at an animal shelter called Animals Fiji, but today she happily lives with her 2 loving humans and 4 other cats all the way in Seattle. After first adopting a blind cat, her owners likely didn’t know what to expect, but turns out Honey Bee is just like any other cat with eyes. Actually, Honey Bee is arguably WAY more incredible.
First and foremost, unlike most scaredy cats this brave cat LOVES to go hiking. On BoredPanda.com her owners write, “When we go hiking, we take her on our shoulders or with a leash. People say they love dogs because you can take them hiking, but Honey Bee loves hiking, too!”
Check out these awesome photos from Honey Bee’s hiking adventures.
Honey Bee hanging out on her leash, ready to do some exploring.
Scarf cat! This lucky kitty has a place to relax when longer journeys start to tire her out. When she is ready to get down and walk on her own again she begins to wiggle about.
On the way back down the mountain, Honey Bee has her own cozy pet sling her owners strap on so that she can more comfortably curl up and take a cat nap.
Those that pass by are always amazed to see a cat out hiking. Honey Bee doesn’t mind, she’s too busy listening to the sounds of the water, one of her favorite things to do when hiking.
Did you know cats have super-sonic hearing? Sort of like dogs can smell just about anything, cats can hear just about anything. Honey Bee’s owners don’t worry that she will fall in the water since she has a great sense of space, and always seems to know just where the edges and drop-offs are located.
When Honey Bee walks on her leash, the hiking pace is much slower. After all, how can you expect Honey Bee to move quickly with so many great smells and sounds to take in?!
Of course, she must take regular breaks to grab a drink of water and eat some chow.
Honey Bee’s owners write, “When you Bee-lieve in yourself, you can climb any mountain.”
On her Facebook page, Honey Bee encourages everyone to “get the most out of life and have lots of adventures.” Honey Bee’s Facebook has collected over 15,100 likes, and for good reason–seriously how cute is this kitty cat?! So cute in fact, Honey Bee was awarded Best in Show at the Purrfect Pals Average Joe Cat Show this year (2014).
Just meowing around the peaceful lake.
If you are as obsessed with Honey Bee as we are, her owners are soon launching a new website that will sell merchandise celebrating cats with special needs. As of now you can already purchase Honey Bee t-shirts made in the USA with high quality, soft, American Apparel brand tees. For every t-shirt that is sold, $1 will be donated to Animals Fiji, the pawsome shelter responsible for saving Honey Bee’s life.
Animals Fiji originated back in 2011 and with great need; at the time there was no other animal clinic outside of Suva, the Capital City. The organization began with only 1 Vet Nurse and a 1 full-time Volunteer technician. Today, Animals Fiji operates thanks to support from various volunteer groups and professionals wiling to donate their services and expertise. Find out how you can help support Animals Fiji by simply visiting their website.
Giving the shoreline a good sniffing.
Check out this video from Honey Bee’s hike to Mason Lake, located in the beautiful mountains just outside of Seattle.