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Do Cats Like Camping? (Or a Ridiculous Plan?)

If you are curious about camping with your cat you may be wondering if they even like it and how to do it if they do…

Do cats like camping?

Cats do not naturally like camping but there have been owners that have been successful with it. For it to work you need to have the correct setup, equipment, and patience. Some cats may respond better than others so you could be lucky to have a cat that will take to it without any problems.

So, now you know. But, do cats like tens? Could they live in a camper while you camp? How do you actually camp with your cat? keep reading for these answers, and much more…

Is it safe to take cats camping?

It is safe to take your cat camping if you take the correct precautions and provide them with the correct facilities. Be warned though, most cats will not take to it right away. It may need some training and effort on your part to make it work.

This may be the reason why you do not hear many people talk about cats camping. Either other have tried and failed, or they do not want to take on the headache it may offer.

Do cats like tents?

Cats tend to like tents whether they be in your back garden or a camping park. This may be because they are curious about them or it could be a great shelter for them in bad weather when they are outside.

The reality is if you create any shelter outdoors, whether that be a tent, make-shift house, shed, a local cat will either poke its nose in, sleep there, or at least check it out. This is part of their curiosity as well as their need to find shelter in bad or hot weather.

Can cats live in a camper?

How to keep cats in an RV

How to keep cats in an RV

Cats can live in a camper for a short period of time. However, it will need to accommodate their needs such as food, water, etc. And, the reality is if there is an opportunity to escape from the camper it will take that chance.

So, there will need to be some effort to not only keep it fed and watered, but control it from escaping.

Should you pack a litter box for camping?

You should pack a litter box for camping. This is because cats, especially indoor cats, will tend to prefer it. This may because they are just used to using it at home. If it is an outdoor cat it could be happy to go outdoors.

But, with that comes other issues, such as will it return to the camping location after it is done? Remember, it’s not the same as being at home.

How to Take Your Cats Camping in Your Own Tent:

When you are considering going camping with your cat, specifically using your own tent. You need to consider several things before you set off on your travels. To help you I have created a mini-guide to help you on your camping journey.

Is Your Cat Built for Camping?

One of the key things is establishing if your cat is built for camping. By that I mean, is your cat an inquisitive, natural explorer?

Does your cat like venturing out to new surroundings? Or is she getting distressed when you suggest an excursion out of the house?

If it is the latter, camping is definitely not for your cat. In reality, you have an indoor cat that you will only upset by taking her outdoors.

Another key indicator is how she responds to being held on a leash? Do you have to battle to get her into the leash? If yes, again, this is not the correct activity for her.

Is the campsite Cat Friendly?

Similar to a recent point I made, in my article about taking your cat across the country in your car, when heading to a campsite, you need to make sure that the camp accommodation is actually cat friendly.

In some cases, you may find that you are actually charged extra to take your cat onto the site, and the accommodation is not cat-friendly at all.

You may also come across reserved nature areas that do not allow dogs and cats at all, meaning that will not work for you.

Before you commit to a place, find out if there is a place where you can keep your cat dry if you have bad weather, such as rain. If you cannot find this, then I would advise you not to go there.

What Camping Carriers are needed for Camping?

For cats that are not happy with having a lead or harness, a carrier is an absolute must. There are several different types on the market.

When camping, I would strongly advise you to not go for the plastic style carriers. Instead, go for a soft-sided version. This type of carrier will allow your cat carrier to be folded down when you do not need it, to save your self precious space.

Also, I think you will find that these soft-sided cat carriers (click here to see my best one) are very comfortable for your cat.

What Litter Boxes are needed for camping?

Even if your cat does not usually use a litter tray when you are at home, you need to get one when you camping. The reason is, it is not always possible for your cat to just go out on the campsite and leave her mess there. This will annoy other campers and is not the best practice.

You may find that you will have to consider cleaning up the mess, after your cat has finished, using one of the plastic carriers used by dog owners. It is just the correct etiquette for a public campsite.

To make your life easier I highly recommend that you use a cat litter box, it will keep the camp area clean and tidy.

There are several different cat litter boxes on the market, including automatic litter boxes, that have self-cleaning features so that your cat’s mess is managed automatically.

What Dangerous Plants Can Make Your Cat Sick While Camping?

While you are camping there are several things to keep your eye on, to keep your cat safe. One of the first things is potentially dangerous plants and mushrooms. They may seem pretty and safe, but certain variations can negatively affect your cat. According to “My Pet”, the following plants are ones to avoid:

  • Lillies
  • Tiger Lilies
  • Easter Lillies
  • Tulips
  • Calia Lilies

What Predators Should Your Cat Avoid While Camping?

While you are camping several predators can harass or even attack your cat. The most dangerous are family dogs, that other camper may have with them and bears.

One thing to consider to avoid these dangers is keeping your cat on a leash to give you that peace of mind while you are camping.

You can purchase bear spray to repel them. This is really the last stage measure that hopefully, you will never need to use, however, it is worth having in case you need it.

Another thing to consider, with regards to bears, try and keep your food stored away safely. Ideally in certified food storage containers. The problem is bears get attracted to smells of food and even other common supplies like toothpaste and soap. Therefore, you need to keep these stored away to prevent them from detecting them.

Should you be Checking on the Weather while camping?

Before you set out on your journey always check on the weather. This may seem obvious, but you would be surprised how many people leave this down to chance and assume it will be fine.

If you detect that there may be extreme weather conditions, such as snow or blistering heat, then it is best to reschedule your trip.

If the weather is quite hot, and your cat does not have hair, hairless type, then you will need to apply sun protection to keep your cat safe.

How do you Keep Your Cat Hydrated when camping?

When you are on a hike with your cat, whilst camping, it is important to make sure she is hydrated. While this may sound obvious, the problem is most people assume that they can literally get their cat to guzzle up the free water from streams, lakes, and rivers.

If this is your plan, you will need to think again. By doing this, your cat is a candidate to pick up giardiasis or another related water-inflicted disease.

If you want to avoid this, the best way is to pack your own water. Not just for you, but for your fluffy loved one.

Is Cat Nutrition important while camping?

Along with keeping your cat hydrated, you need to make sure that you have a good food supply. This is even more important when you are involved in activities such as long walks.

Ideally, you will have some snacks to hand to keep your cat going during your camping walks. Also bear in mind that you will want to have more food than usual because you will be exerting more energy on the walk.

How do you Navigate with your Cat while camping?

One of the worst things that can happen is getting lost whilst you are out and about camping. The natural choice these days is an electrical device, such as your phone running Google maps or some other navigational system.

Believe it or not, I suggest you don’t. When you are out camping in the elements, technology can and will let you down. Imagine that there is a high chance that you will not have a data connection where you are.

For that reason, I suggest using a compass to navigate a physical map. This way, you will not be at the mercy of a data connection or lack of a power source.

In Conclusion

There are many considerations when taking your cat camping, hopefully, this information has helped make your life easier before you go on your next journey.

Lindsey Browlingdon