Backpacking is our idea of immersing ourselves in pure joy.
There’s something about traversing rocky steps, being surrounded by the tallest trees and enjoying a warm meal by the bonfire in the middle of the wilderness.
Just when we thought this couldn’t get any better, we found another way to enjoy backpacking: With cats.
Call us crazy or ridiculous but backpacking with cats has made our experience even more fruitful. If it’s your first time, then consider the following tips for a smooth journey.
Practice with a harness
Before anything else, ditch the collar. Cats are a lot more welcoming to leashes. If yours is not used to it yet, it’s best to warm them up first before heading up the mountains. Take the time to walk them in your backyard, around the neighborhood or at your local park. These little excursions will help make your cat feel a lot more natural wearing a harness and outside the house.
If you’re a big planner during your trips, you need to double your efforts once you have your cat with you. From reviewing the best routes to bringing waste plastic bags, plan carefully. The last thing you want is pissing off your cat and watching it sink its claws down your comfy sleeping bag. You could also attach a small dog carrier in your pack for the times you need to carry your feline companion over water crossings.
Know the rules
Not all backpacking trails may be open to the idea of taking a trip with your pet. That’s why it’s always best to dial that number first and ask what the rules are. Just be ready for a lot of confused silence at first.
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