This summer’s nature craze? Camping with cats!

It used to be that there were two kinds of people in the world: cat people and camping people. The first type valued being with their feline friends more than anything, while the second yearned for the freedom of nature. Naturally, the two types of people rarely overlapped, as having a cat and spending the summer in a tent were mutually exclusive.

Until now. This summer, we have seen the rise of a new type of person: camping-with-cats people. These cat lovers don’t let their fur friends interfere with their need to sleep under the stars, nor do they let their desire to go camping take them away from their beloved companions. Instead, they have done the unthinkable: they have taken their cats camping.

And apparently, it can work out pretty well. The hashtag #campingwithcats has leapt to prominence on Instagram this year, as people have documented their adventurous cats’ forays out into nature. These versatile felines aren’t your typical lazy housecats. They’re curious, rugged, and ready for excitement.

Here are a few of our favourite photos of these forest-friendly felines. They may make you look at cats in a whole new way.