Take Your Cat Hiking!

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Taking your cat hiking is easier than you think!

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Army veteran Stephen Simmons should know. He’s taken his 2-year-old cat Burma on hundreds of backcountry adventures. Here are 3 tips for following in their pawprints.

1. Start ’em young.
Find a friendly, confident kitten; expose him to frequent travel.

2. Keep ’em safe.
Predators abound. Burma wears a radio transmitter collar while he hikes, sleeps in a carrier near Simmons at night, and explores camp on a 6-foot length of p-cord so Simmons can easily fish him out of whatever tangle of branches or tree he ends up in.

3. Be realistic.
“If you want to get from A to B, you’ll probably have to carry him a lot,” Simmons explains. “Save the wandering for camp.” Burma rides in a soft-sided carrier attached to the top of Simmons’s pack with carabiners .

Find the original article by Rachel Zurer on  Backpacker.com

http://www.backpacker.com/skills/three-things-you-need-to-know-to-take-your-cat-hiking/

 

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