Camping with your pets can be lots of fun, and some pets lend themselves to camping more than others. While I don’t believe cats are the best species to take camping, it is doable. There are a few suggestions, however.
Things I learned the hard way…
For one, cats generally don’t enjoy being in the car. If your cat is the exception, then by all means take them. Last time I took my Persian on a car ride she literally almost jumped out of the window. While I don’t think this is typical, it’s definitely not something that you want to be worried about when you’re going on vacation.
Next, I would suggest keeping your cat in a tent of some sort. If you don’t own a tent, you can always search for a place that offers an outdoor tent rental. Depending on which state you live in, there are a variety of different options. Since I usually travel all over the state, I usually just search for tent rentals in Texas; this usually will bring me several viable options, all at affordable rates. You definitely want a tent that’s going to be able to fit whoever you’re traveling with, as well as your cat (or cats). If you have an RV like these guys, your cats are in luck! I’ve only been on one RV trip with my Persian, but could tell she definitely enjoyed it quite a bit more than the tent!
Another tip is to remember that National Parks do not permit cats or dogs! I wasn’t aware of this and almost had a trip ruined. I ended up having to find a sitter at the last minute, so beware!
Obviously, you want to be sure you bring your kitty litter, as you don’t want your cat doing its business anywhere he/she pleases.
And lastly, when you’re planning on going out hiking, be sure to have your food/water tray and kitty litter box with you, as you’ll need to put your cat in your tent (or RV). You don’t want your favorite feline friend to run off and get eaten by a bear!
And remember, have fun!
These are all lessons I’ve learned from going camping with my best friend. You definitely don’t want to find out the hard way! Dogs can be a bit easier to go camping with, as they’re a bit less independent, and a bit more prone to stick by your side. However, with these tips in mind anyone can have fun on a cat camping trip!