Have you been wanting to spend a weekend camping in the great outdoors with your cat? The urge can be strong--making s’mores by a campfire and bundling up in a sleeping bag with your cat companion is always a purrfect time. But before you hop into the car and head to the campgrounds, there are a few things you need before you embark on your outdoor adventure.
1. An Adventure Kitty
First and foremost, you need to make sure your cat is up to the challenge. If you have one of those psycho cats that purrs one minute and attacks you the next, you’re going to want to think twice. The same applies if your cat is socially anxious. Often, cats have too much anxiety to handle a trip in a car and a new environment. But if you’ve got an adventure kitty on your hands, you’re going to have a delightful camping experience.
2. Harness and Leash
These two things are imperative to camping with your cat. While your cat may be extremely well trained, you never know when a dog will come sniffing near your campsite, or when something will spook him and send him up a tree. Also, make sure the harness is nice and snug. Too tight will be uncomfortable for him, and too loose could allow him to slip out (and climb aforementioned tree). You can find one at your local pet store, or here or here.
3. Disposable Litter Box
You actually may find that your cat prefers to use the leaves as a litter box, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. A disposable litter box can also ensure that there won’t be any accidents inside your tent in the middle of the night. There’s nothing like a big puddle of cat urine to wake you up at 2 a.m.
4. Food / Water
This is a no-brainer. But it’s always good to have a checklist before you head off to the campgrounds. It would be terrible if you arrived to the site, pitched your tent and realized you forgot cat food. Bring a small bag of food and a bottle of water (or two, depending on the length of your trip), and bowls for both.
5. Flea & Tick Protection
There are pills, spray, veterinarian-administered shots, collars, and gel treatment--there’s no reason as to why your cat should be unprotected from those vile insects. A fun camping trip can quickly turn miserable for your feline friend if he’s constantly scratching. And it’s important to keep your kitty safe while you’re exploring the outdoors!