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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 a number of things before you set of on your travels. To help you I have created a mini guide to help you on your camping journey.

Is Your Cat Built for The Great Outdoors?

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 later, camping is definitely not for you 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 country in your car, when heading to a camp site, 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 allowed 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 in the event that you have bad weather, such as rain. If you cannot find this, then I would advise you not to go there.

Camping Carriers for Cats

For cats that are not happy with having a lead or harness, a carrier is an absolute must. There are a number of 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 are very comfortable for your cat.

Litter Boxes

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 camp site and leave her mess there. This will annoy other campers and is not 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 camp site.

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 a number of 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.

Dangerous Plants That Can Make Your Cat Sick

While you are camping there are a number of 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 there are certain variations that can negatively affect your cat. According to “My Pet”, the following plants are ones to avoid:

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

Predators for Your Cat to Avoid While Camping

While you are camping there are a number of predators that can harass or even attack your cat. The most dangerous are family dogs, that other campers may have with them and bears.

Some things to consider to avoid these dangers is keeping your cat on a leash to give you that piece of mind while you are camping.

You can purchase bear spray to repel them. This is really a 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 detecting them.

Checking on the Weather

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.

Keeping Your Cat Hydrated

When you are on 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. 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.

Cat Nutrition

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. 

Navigating your Cat

One if 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 power source.

In Conclusion

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

Lindsey Browlingdon

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