Mogli began as an orphan on the streets of Morocco, but much less than one year later, the brave feline is giving new meaning to the phrase “adventure cat.”
The tiny kitten has gone through over a dozen countries with her father, 32-year-old Martin Klauka of Rosenheim, Germany, primarily in the tank bag of his Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin motorcycle. And her father still has a long list of remote locations he wants to see with her.
Klauka had no intention of adopting a kitten. His desire for a more itinerant existence appeared incompatible with animal ownership. But, when on a bike ride across Morocco with some pals in March of last year, Mogli tracked him down and wouldn’t let him go.
Klauka told The Dodo, “We were sitting on the streets of a tiny town when a little starving cat with a damaged tail approached us.” “I called to her, and she immediately came over, sat in my arms, and fell asleep. Locals who had seen her before informed me that her mother was hit by a car and that she would most likely die in the streets since she was too young and weak to care for herself.”
Klauka knew he couldn’t abandon the small black and white cat when he noticed her was too tired to even lift her head. Despite the fact that some people criticized him for petting a nasty flea-ridden street cat, Klauka carried her about for the rest of the evening, brought her into his hotel room for at least one night of shelter from the weather.
He realized that adopting an animal, especially one so young and weak, would be a huge responsibility – once he wasn’t sure he wanted. So he decided to make a decision in the morning.
“When I woke up, I was still unclear, but I had already fallen in love with that tiny rugrat, therefore I chose to put her on the motorcycle to see how she will handle it,” Klauka said. “‘It’s obviously not the appropriate location for a cat,’ I thought, but it was either that or death on the streets.”
Though she was first scared of the bike, the kitty began to relax after only a half hour on the road. Klauka has discovered his travel buddy for the future.
Klauka quit his job and set out on a road journey of epic proportions in late August. He traveled down the Mediterranean Sea to Iran and then into the United Arab Emirates with Mogli by his side, passing through ten countries and arriving in Dubai in December.
Klauka and Mogli immediately established a rhythm on the trip. Mogli keeps safely tucked away in Klauka’s backpack on the front of his bike while driving, occasionally poking her head out to take in the surroundings or meowing in displeasure if Klauka takes a rough dirt road instead of smooth tarmac.
Mogli has a specific routine of scouting for threats like automobiles and dogs and establishing a secure location whenever they arrive at a new campground, according to Klauka. Klauka has benefited from Mogli’s strong observing abilities, especially when the small cat loses sight of the tent and Mogli is able to guide him back to their base.
Klauka explained, “Normally she remains around the campground when I leave to go shopping or check out the area, but when it’s safe and there are no vehicles, dogs, or other cats about, she will join me.” “Most of the time, though, I’m following her.”
Taking a cat on a motorcycle for months has been surprising and full of new problems. Klauka has had to skip out on some less-than-cat-friendly activities and sites, dealt with difficult border crossings, and been booted out of more stores and hotels than he can remember. The couple has had to sleep in cold deserts when no one would let them inside because they couldn’t find a place to stay.
Despite the numerous sacrifices Klauka has made in the name of his closest buddy, it has all been worthwhile.
Klauka said, “I’m satisfied with where I’m at in my life and happy to have taken her,” and “happy to have gone through all of this.”
Klauka is working in Dubai now that the first part of their journey is accomplished, with plans to continue via Pakistan and India this summer. While he and Mogli are currently having a well-deserved rest, there will undoubtedly be many more adventures to come.