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Old 06-01-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Campground host with 4 cats?

Hi everyone! My husband and I are currently full timers with one dog and four cats. We are considering campground host job. Normally our cats are indoor/ outdoor and two do ok on leashes. With this being a forest service campground, it really doesn't seem appropriate to let the kitties outside, but I believe they will go crazy as indoor only cats. I have ideas of an outdoor mesh tent room for the cats, like one you put over a table. Anyone have experience with any of this?
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There are alot of wild animals that would like a cat for a meal. You would need something heavier than a mesh tent to protect them. Coyotes especially like cats.
Somewhere I saw a set-up (pen) that attached to an outside port on the trailer so the cats would have an escape route back inside.
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That was the plan. Our trailer has a back hatch that I was thinking could dump into the tent. No coyotes here, just grizzly and wolves, lol!
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We have two male tabbies here at Big Hill Lake Kansas...lots of Oak trees, and the cats love it here. But as we found out soon enough- there are racoons that come here at night, plus two other strays who come to get scraps and just hang out.
I don't dare leave them out at night- so I built an off the ground wood hutch (big enough to hold two pet taxis) and then a wood door that raises up and down. When the door is down, I place a two by six board across the door - and some critter would have to be pretty strong to figure it out. I also have a flood light inside with them to keep them warm along with water and food.
I let them out to play while I am close by, and if I need to leave- I put them back up til I get back. We are volunteers for this park, and one of the tabbies has really good GPS built in, so I just dont' want to worry and keep a close eye on them. They know what I am doing and respect this adjustment. They are very happy. But figuring you are in Alaska, there would be owls and who knows what that would make a quick meal out of one. Just keep them in at night and keep an eye on them. I am even thinking about installing a 'baby monitor/intercom so I can hear anything happening.
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I love orange tabby cats! The kitties current roam in the day, they just meow at the door and I let them out. I like this, the cats like this. They are all very preditor savvy, and do well outside during the day (all cats inside at night!). I just thought as a host, loose kitties might be frowned apon. Also, dogs in the campground worry me. Does anyone have a regulation type of problem with your cats?
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I just thought as a host, loose kitties might be frowned apon. Also, dogs in the campground worry me. Does anyone have a regulation type of problem with your cats?
Brissy stays on her leash. I think it would be hard to enforce our leash law if she were wandering around loose. Not everyone wants a cat in their site.

I push the leash requirement as a host. Haven't had any real problems, but I try to be aware of where the dogs are when I take Bris for a walk.

Predators can be a problem just about anywhere you camp.

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Brissy stays on her leash. I think it would be hard to enforce our leash law if she were wandering around loose. Not everyone wants a cat in their site.

I push the leash requirement as a host. Haven't had any real problems, but I try to be aware of where the dogs are when I take Bris for a walk.

Predators can be a problem just about anywhere you camp.

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Thanks Steve! I was thinking the same thing, it's not fair that all campers pets should be on a leash but not mine. Also, my campground accepts reservations, so I have people checking on me, and I would hate to give the wrong impression! Have you ever tried a cat "play pen" at all?
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No coyotes here, just grizzly and wolves, lol!
No, you've got zillions of coyotes in Alaska ... Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game has lots of pages on them. According to current articles on their website, coyotes are considered to be one of the possible reasons for a decline in the AK Dall sheep population ...

I just had a discussion on this topic last week with a Humane Society official about local domestic cats disappearing - down here in the Lower 48, thirty miles outside of Detroit. I was told that even around here, lots of cats are lost to coyotes and eagles and sometimes owls.

But where you are, between coyotes, wolves, and predator birds, I think that domestic cats in relatively wild places would have a short lifespan. Maybe not in Anchorage, but in remote campgrounds? A cage might work, but if you got an inquisitive bear, most cages wouldn't last long. Seems to me that if you don't keep em' inside, you're gonna' lose 'em.
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Thanks Steve! I was thinking the same thing, it's not fair that all campers pets should be on a leash but not mine. Also, my campground accepts reservations, so I have people checking on me, and I would hate to give the wrong impression! Have you ever tried a cat "play pen" at all?
Mine does so well on the leash, I don't think a play pen would be better. We've seen enough wild critters nearby that she's almost never outside unless I am too. All cats are different, but this works for us. Four of her on a leash would be a handful, though.

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Thanks again Steve!


Airsdream: I will rephrase, in my time living and traveling in remote Alaska, I have yet to see a coyote. Bears, lynx, wolverine, moose, caribou, sheep, owls, foxes, rabbits, swans, whales, otters, eagles and wolves I have physically seen or seen scat of. I'm sure they're somewhere, but not common enough in the areas I spend time in that I see or hear them. I actually live very rural currently. But not to say predictors aren't interested in my cats! I worry most about owls, dogs, and the worst threat of all- people and their cars. Although a neighbors llama did get consumed by a griz last year, I have personally not had any bad bear experiences. See them all the time although!
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We were camping on the Blue Ridge a few years back. A couple camping near us had a dog and a cat. The cat escaped out the door and ran into the woods. They spent the evening and next morning looking for it. They never saw it again.
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Why do cat owners think it's OK to let their animals roam loose? Cats kill too, lots of song birds and small critters. We used to have bird feeders and we stopped feeding the birds because we were finding too many dead birds under the feeders from the neighbor hood cats. IMHO pets should be under the control of their owners at all times.
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Most times we have a problem with a dog running loose while at a campground it is either the campground owners dog or one of the employees. They also do not clean up after their dogs as the campers are required to do. Frustrating, jim
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