Posted on September 14 2022
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Tips for Taking Your Adventurous Cat Camping
Cats might not be known for wanting to leave their homes often. Some cats prefer curling up in a warm spot and sleeping the day away.
However, if you have an adventurous feline who enjoys traveling, camping together is a great way to strengthen your bond, get some exercise, and experience new things. Not every cat will be up to the camping experience, but if yours is leash-trained and isn’t afraid of unfamiliar areas, they’ll probably enjoy everything camping offers.
Even if you think your adventurous cat would be up for a camping experience, don’t pack the tent just yet. There are some tips to keep in mind before you hit the road and set up a campsite with your feline friend. Let’s cover some suggestions you can use to make sure you both have an unforgettable and enjoyable experience.
Make Sure Your Cat Wants to Go
Again, not everyone has the kind of cat that wants to enjoy the great outdoors. Even if you think your cat is energetic and adventurous, it’s important to determine whether it would do well with a camping experience. After all, walking them around the block on a leash is different than a weekend away from home, living in a tent.
However, that’s a good place to start.
The more time you can spend outdoors with your cat, the better. It will get them used to the sights, sounds, and smells that aren’t typically found in the house. Take them out in the yard with a harness and leash as often as possible, and let them roam as far as you’re comfortable. You’ll start to pick up on things that might spook them, and you’ll get a better idea of how well they’ll do when completely surrounded by nature.
It’s also a good idea to spend some time in the car with your cat. Keep them crated or in a carrier for safety, but allow them to experience longer car rides to determine how calm they’ll be along the way. Unless you’re camping in your backyard, you’re going to have to do some driving to get to a campsite, and that can be half the battle for some cats.
Choose the Right Location
Not all campsites are created equally. Your cat might do well in your backyard, but choosing a camping environment that’s completely different could cause them to be anxious or uncomfortable. Choose a location that isn’t too noisy and doesn’t have anything that could trigger your cat.
It’s also essential to make sure they won’t disturb the natural environment. You might love your little fur ball, but the reality is that cats have contributed to the extinction of 63 species of birds, mammals, and reptiles. If your campsite is surrounded by wildlife, your cat might start to feel a little stir-crazy based on natural instinct alone.
Whether it’s just you and your feline companion or you’re camping with a large group, take your role of responsibility seriously by:
- Bringing extra supplies
- Having a plan for waste
- Putting fires out appropriately
- Cleaning up every night
- Cleaning up any spills before leaving the campsite
You’ll have to plan accordingly for any extra “messes” your cat might make, including bathroom waste or any food that might be spilled. They can’t clean up after themselves, but the rules of respectful camping still apply, and it’s up to you to make sure your site is clean and safe for your cat and your fellow campers.
Pack the Right Gear
Speaking of planning accordingly, camping often requires a lot of packing and creating lists to make sure you have all the necessary gear. When you’re bringing your cat along, that gear list will get even bigger.
While you don’t necessarily need to invest in a ton of adventure gear for your feline friend, having a few basics can make a big difference, including:
- A cat bed
- A strong harness and leash
- An adventure pack for hiking
- A sweater/jacket for your cat
Having food and water dishes, a litter box (or a designated place for them to go to the bathroom), and any medications they need should also be at the top of your list. Keep in mind that the more your cat is outside, especially in heavily-wooded areas, the greater its risk of being exposed to fleas, ticks, and other pests. Talk to your veterinarian before heading out to ensure your cat is on a strong flea and tick preventative. If you do see a tick on your cat while camping, be prepared with tweezers, rubbing alcohol, and antiseptic to safely remove it.
If you’re an avid camper and you think your cat would enjoy the experience, keep these tips in mind. Prioritizing their safety and well-being and enjoying some quality time together will make you camping buddies for many years to come.