- Thomas Vles made the three-day journey to promote his business
- The cats, Mushi and Cheesy, drew curious stares from passers-by
- Thomas said the cats regularly ride on his bicycle and scooter
- Their enclosure had a litter box, playhouse and disco ball
Chris Kitching for MailOnline
06:06 EST, 13 May 2015
06:20 EST, 13 May 2015
A Dutch entrepreneur who cycled from Amsterdam to London drew curious stares every mile along the way thanks to his four-legged travel companions.
While it’s not unusual to hear tales about people travelling with their pet dogs, Thomas Vles went the unusual route and made the 300-mile journey with his two cats, Mushi and Cheesy.
The 10-month-old animals rode in a custom-built glass enclosure inside the box of Thomas’ cargo bike, allowing them to enjoy the scenery while delighting passers-by.
Thomas Vles made the 300-mile journey with his two cats, Mushi and Cheesy, who didn’t seem to mind
Thomas and the cats visited a number of tourist sites in London, including Palace of Westminster
Their journey included an overnight ride on a ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich
It took almost three days to complete the journey by bicycle, ferry and truck, and Thomas said the cats didn’t seem to mind their time on the Kittymobile, even in the rain.
The 30-year-old founder and CEO of a company called Poopy Cat told MailOnline Travel: ‘Mushi and Cheesy are used to travelling all their lives. They always travel with me on the bike and the scooter in Amsterdam.
‘They’re pretty used to new environments and new situations. They liked spending time in the Kittymobile.
‘It was the least stressful environment for them. Inside the cage they had a cat toilet and a modern playhouse.’
Thomas said the cats are used to new situations and ‘liked spending time in the Kittymobile’
Along the way Thomas, 30, and the cats were stopped by several curious passers-by
The founder of a company called Poopy Cat visited London to celebrate its launch in the UK
He said they drew a lot of interest as they passed people, especially once they arrived in the UK after taking a ferry from Hook of Holland to Harwich.
‘They would say “What is that thing?” when they saw the bike. Most people were really enthusiastic and when they got closer and saw the cats they would say “Oh, wow”.’
Thomas made the trek with Mushi and Cheesy, who are brother and sister, to promote the UK launch of his company, which sells disposable litter boxes and playhouses made from cardboard blocks.
Thomas Vles and the 10-month-old cats drew curious stares and smiles, and plenty of photographs
Thomas rides the Kittymobile across London’s Millennium Bridge after arriving from Amsterdam
Thomas sets off in Amsterdam in a two-minute video that showed his 300-mile journey
They were followed by a support team, including a veterinarian, in a truck.
Thomas cycled most of the way, but was forced to ride in the truck for part of the journey near Colchester.
He said: ‘In the beginning it was all fine but in some spots it was too hilly to ride the bike and too dangerous for the cats. The hills were too steep.’
The cats, who were protected from the rain, regularly ride on Thomas’ bicycle and scooter in Amsterdam
Mushi and Cheesy rode in a custom-built glass enclosure inside the box of Thomas’ cargo bike
Thomas and the cats were followed by a support team, including a veterinarian, along the way
The ride was a last-minute idea as Thomas and his staff brainstormed ways to promote their ‘poop-up’ store in London, where the cats visited Trafalgar Square, the Palace of Westminster and St Paul’s Cathedral.
He said: ‘What is more Dutch than bringing the cats to London in a bike?’
Thomas and the cats made the journey back to Amsterdam by truck.