How to Take Your Cat Camping Safely and Stress-Freely
Camping with cats is an increasingly popular pastime among pet lovers. Whether you’re a weekend warrior or a seasoned camper, it’s important to keep your cats safe and sound when you take them into the great outdoors. Here are some tips to help you take your feline friends camping safely and stress-freely.
Prepare Ahead of Time
First and foremost, it’s important to make sure that both you and your pet are properly prepared for a camping trip. While cats can generally be handled better in the outdoors than dogs, there are some things you should keep in mind. Have your cat vaccinated, since the great outdoors can expose them to illnesses and pests. Make sure to have a collar, tag or ID chip with your name and contact details in case they wander off and get lost. Get your pet checked by a veterinarian to make sure they are physically fit for the outdoors.
Choose the Right Campsite
When you’re ready to set off, choose a campsite that will be the most cat-friendly. Some things to look for include accessible natural features, like plenty of grass and trees. Avoid campsites in which you’ll be exposed to large numbers of other animals, such as cattle or horses, that could be a risk to your pet. As for sleeping arrangements, make sure you have a secure environment for your cat to sleep in at night, away from wild animals, insects, and other hazards.
Provide a Safe and Secure Environment
Make sure the campsite you choose is fully enclosed and that the boundaries are secure. Ideally, pick a completely treed-in area. Use pet-safe repellents for any potential pests, such as mosquitoes or ticks, to keep your pet from getting bitten. Be careful to avoid areas with potential hazards, like cactuses and other prickly plants, or a body of water not fit for cats.
Keep an Eye on Your Cat
Whenever you’re camping, you need to keep a close watch on your cat. Cats are naturally curious, so they may wander off or get into things they shouldn’t. But if you keep them close by, you’ll be able to quickly intervene, if necessary. Make sure your cat is wearing their tags and ID chip in case they do manage to wander off. When in doubt, keep your cat on a leash and only explore areas they can safely enter.
Bring Necessary Supplies
You don’t want to end up stranded without the things your cat needs, so make sure you pack all the necessary supplies. Prepare your cat for the trip by getting them plenty of food, kitty litter, treats, a bed, toys, and a crate, if necessary. Also, bring along some type of first-aid or emergency kit in case something unexpected happens. And don’t forget to pack a net to capture and release any fish or small animals your cat might catch.
Be Patient and Relaxed
As a seasoned camper and father of three cats, I’m fully aware of the importance of being patient and relaxed when camping with cats. Try to keep your cat’s stress-level in check and don’t rush them. Let them acclimatize to the new environment and take their time exploring. Give them plenty of attention and wonderful areas and activities to engage in. Some ideas include napping in the sun, playing fetch with a toy, or watching wildlife.
Start Small and Slow
Finally, it’s important to start off small when taking your cat camping. When starting off, plan shorter trips or day trips. Begin with trips close to home and work your way up to longer and more remote locations. With the right precautions and preparation, there’s no reason why you and your cat won’t have a fun and safe camping experience.
Take some time to watch this educational video by CampKulin’s cat-loving founder, Melissa, to get a better understanding on how to take your cats camping in a safe, stress-free way.
Whether you’re a seasoned camper, or just beginning, taking your cats camping can be a rewarding experience for both you and your pet. With proper preparation, you can ensure that your cat remains safe and comfortable while also getting to enjoy the great outdoors. Just remember to be patient, stay vigilant, and enjoy the adventure.