Feline Camping Pre-Checklist: Your Guide To Going Outdoors With Cats

Going Outdoors With Cats

Cat camping sounds like an impossible bonding activity, considering how cats can be difficult companions when going outdoors. However, going camping with your feline friend doesn't have to be a daunting experience. With the right amount of preparation, you can ensure memorable outdoor moments not only with your cat but also with nature.

Knowing Your Cat’s Personality Type

For starters, you need to know the personality type of your cat. Not all cats have the knack for outdoor activities. But by determining its distinctive character, you ensure that your feline pal is up for camping adventures.

With that, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) has identified nine types of cat personalities, which come in three color groups: green, orange, and purple. Some of these purrrsonalities include a private investigator, a sidekick, and the leader of the band. For further details, you can check it out here and find out whether your cat is a home buddy or will enjoy the outdoors.

Your Checklist Before Going on a Cat Camping

Your Checklist Before Going on a Cat Camping

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Does your cat have a sense of adventure after knowing its personality? If it does, then it's important to prepare the things your furry companion needs. Remember, never go on a spontaneous trip with your cat or any pet, especially if it's your first time. It won't do any good for your beloved animal friend. For your guidance, here is a pre-cat camping checklist.

Choice Of Outdoor Activity You're Planning

Do you plan on sleeping with your cat in a tent or a trailer? Does your cat have to walk a short distance to the campsite? Well, you don't have to worry as those are not an issue for your kitty. But if you've been planning on a long hike or vacation, then it's much better to leave your feline friend behind. Cats can't be your best companions on long-distance trips. If possible, keep the camping a short activity.

Does It Welcome Cats?

A part of your preparation is knowing whether your camping destination allows pets or not. Doing research on the side would really do good. If you have concerns or questions, you can always call the agency that looks after your destined campgrounds. According to the National Park Service, there are many national parks that welcome pets as long as they are restrained on a leash. Failure to keep an eye on your pets may result in an impoundment, and you may be charged with reasonable fees.

Weather And Fur Check

Since camping is typically an outdoor activity, the weather is an important factor you should consider. It would be a bummer to go cat camping on a rainy day. It's not also ideal to take your cat out during extreme weather conditions.

Aside from the weather, you also need to check your cat's fur, particularly on a hot day. If your feline companion has a thin coat or is a hairless breed, then don't forget to bring sunscreen to protect your cat's skin.

Weather And Fur Check

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Things To Pack For The Cat

Let's get to the packing. What do you need to bring when going on a cat camping? Purring Pal has broken the necessary things into five categories: precautions, food and essentials, campsite necessities, trekking, and first aid list.


These include your cat’s up to date veterinary and vaccination records. Although going on a cat camping doesn't require any health certificates (considering it's not an out-of-the-country trip), getting your vet's assessment may be helpful to know that your cat is fit for the activity.

In addition to those documents, you also need to pack recent photos of your cat; they will come in handy when your animal companion gets lost. For a faster and more advanced way of tracking your pet, install a pet microchip or a GPS identification tag. Such devices can be synchronized to your gadgets, making it easier for you to guard your animal friend.

Food And Essentials

Of course, you can't get on the road without packing any food for your cat. For convenience, you can just bring the same food that your cat eats every day. Pack an adequate amount to make sure that your feline pal won't be hungry.

Aside from food, you should also bring water to keep your cat hydrated. Cat treats that you can give to your cat whenever it behaves well, a foldable litter box where the cat can relieve itself properly, litter and scoop to help you clean the litter box, and catnip in cases when your pet starts to go berserk and uncontrollable.

Campsite Necessities

To make the campsite more conducive for the cat, you have to pact its favorite cat bedding. It can take a while for the cat to rest if you purchase new bedding. You might as well settle for the old one rather than spending on something that your feline companion can't use yet.

If you plan on staying out with the cat for a number of days, you should also bring its grooming essentials. These include soap, shampoo, brush, and towel. To prevent your cat from getting bored, it's wise to bring its toys, too.

Trekking List

Trekking List

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Just because you go camping doesn't mean you have to stay in the tent all day long. No, that won't be a good idea. Since you're out, make the best out of the experience by trekking or walking around the campgrounds with your cat.

If it’s cold, make sure to keep yourselves warm inside the tent. But if the sun is out, make sure that your cat is safe while both of you are strolling, you have to pack a harness and leash, cat sweater, cat carrier or stroller, headlights, blankets, and poop bags just in case your cat needs to heed the call of nature.

First Aid Kit

Nothing beats being prepared, and there's nothing wrong to get ready for unforeseen injuries and/or other accidents while camping. With that, it is best that you know the basic first aid knowledge if the situation calls for it, and you have the proper items to treat your cat.

A first aid kit is a must, and it should contain a sterile saline solution, rubbing alcohol, bandages, adhesive tape, antiseptic lotion, gauze rolls, non-toxic disposable gloves, blunt-end scissors, tweezers, muzzle, rectal thermometer, and a pillowcase to name a few.

About the author


Hey there, I'm Lisa, founder and editor in chief here at Recreation Space. We found fitness through recreational activities. And we want to share it with you. We believe in empowering people with knowledge to make smarter, healthier choices in their lives.

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