The Cat Goes Camping

Discussion in 'Camping with Kids/Pets' started by Toedtoes, Sep 21, 2019.

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    Toedtoes Well-Known Member

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    This past week was The Cat's first camping trip. We took the FnR to the coast.

    Due to a flat tire, we spent the first night at Standish-Hickey state park campground. The Cat enjoyed camping in the redwoods. He took a long walk around the campground, then relaxed in his chair. The next morning he was up with the birds to drive to the ocean. IMG_20190916_110914.jpg IMG_20190916_203316.jpg IMG_20190916_112401_hdr.jpg
     
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    We made it to the coast! The Cat loved hanging around the campground. He made friends with the neighbors and hikers coming through. He ate a few bugs - yum! Played with the local frog. And did a bit of lizard hunting.

    He did NOT like the ocean. He said it was too big, too loud and too wide open. At camp, he used his 15ft nylon tether so he could go in and out of the FnR as he wished. He liked that a lot - although I suspect he thinks it should be longer (it shouldn't, it's just right). For walks he used a 5ft leash which is much nicer than the standard 4ft leashes that come with the harnesses. He wore his harness at all times and was attached to the tether before the door was opened.

    He slept on the pillow in front on the open window (screened) and enjoyed being able to see everything outside and smell the breezes.

    He happily slept until I got up at around 8 am. However, our first morning home, he is up at 5 am wanting breakfast again. He ate Sheba cat food - nice morsals in gravy and comes in smaller portions in a two pack. Worked great for camping as the portions were just right and no unsealed leftovers to deal with.

    All in all, a big success and he's ready for our next adventure.
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    neat - The Cat does indeed look that he is really enjoying the outing. i have seen several other camping cats here where we camp. They always look like they totally enjoy it - I would love to take ours - but the other half of our camping group is allergic - so no cat hair in the camper.....so my two will just have to settle for the sunroom at home and the occasional leashed walk.
     
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    He really did have fun. He'd go inside and nap on one of the beds or the couch for a while and then he'd come outside and check out the logs for bugs and such. Then he'd relax on the chair or just inside the camper door. He walked with the dogs around the campground.

    He did really want to go under the logs and into holes, but I wouldn't let him. Good thing considering the dogs and found this fella hanging out at the camper door one afternoon... who knows what was burrowing in those holes.
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    We have 1 who doesn't need a leash. She will ride like a dog, watch out the window for a while,then lay down and go to sleep.
     
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    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

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    Main thing is camping is CAT APPROVED now, us caretakers must make sure the fur babies are happy. Sounds like y'all had a good time , had an adventure and added some memories. Good Luck and keep on camping
     
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    I took my little cat Bliss once when she was much much younger. Had to crate her at night as she liked to use my canvas as a scratching post. She used a tether at camp but she sure as heck does not liked to be walked unless she makes the rules. I put her in a carrier and she did ok as long as I let her down to explore. When I got a second cat that had to be left behind it was easier to keep Bliss behind as well. Especially since she became incontinent.
     
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    In the SUV, the leash is a safety device. I want to be able to catch him if he tried to get out an open door. While driving, he just napped. I would never let him outside without the leash or tether.

    I was surprised how well he took to the leash. He comes when called, so I was able to get him moving my direction pretty easily. He did argue a bit when I told him he couldn't go in the bushes, but after a minute of the leash being taught, he saw it my way and came along.

    I wouldn't camp with two cats. The one works well. And as he's only a year old, he has a lot of camping to do.
     
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    Very much cat approved. Have many more places to share with him.
     
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    That is awesome. Glad y'all had a good trip. I would love to take a cat camping again but we have three now. Definitely need to start them young which we did not. Mine would tear up the canvas too. When we camped with cats growing up it was in a number of RVs my folks had so much easier to do cat camping.
     

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