Standard Catting Kit:
- Small daypack
- Food pouch
- Water bottle
- Cordage to back-up harness
- Back-up leash
- Blinkie LEDs
- Food container
- Extra cordage
The standard harness is not enough. On climbs where Millie might fall and need to be caught/belayed, or slot canyons where she may need to be lowered down to a lower level, I double up the harness with extra cordage. The standard o-ring leash attachment point was plastic, that was replaced with cordage too (two loops). Everything is doubled up. When she was too tiny I had to adjust the harness as small as possible then crimp it and wrap the crimp with climbing tape to make it smaller. I keep a long leash that I can shorten when need-be, and can be easily attached or detached to her or me. On big climbs, I girth hitch the leash to her harness and attach it to mine with a locker.
A crucial piece of gear for any camp trip. Blinkie LEDs are attached to the harness at night. Two of them, in case she's in some brush and one falls off somehow. In the desert this lets her wander pretty far from the fire and I can still see where she's at and that she's safe. Makes night walks fun too. I keep them on throughout the night, if for any reason we have to exit the tent or truck quickly I can turn the light on and let her out and see her. If I had to escape quickly and just dropped her outside otherwise she could wander and I'd lose her immediately. Of all the camp trips only once did Millie have an accident during the night, I had to toss her outside right away. One other trip she was darting back and forth chasing something, digging under my sleeping pad. A mouse had somehow gotten inside the back of the truck, she caught it, I tossed her outside right away. So you never know what might happen to force a quick exit, the LEDs keep her safe.
Shade & a Safe Place:
A safe place from heat is necessary at times, especially in the desert. So I make room in my pack or unroll a half-bedroll for her to have a little shelter. She needs a place where she can feel safe if she needs to also. If I'm climbing, or if we're waiting somewhere that people roll through, or dogs may arise, she needs to have a place to retreat to. Sometimes she likes to just hide under my puffy jacket or in my pack. From the time she was a tiny kitty I'd call her to climb up on my shoulders. This has been helpful in a lot of places when she needs to feel safe, she'll climb up and hunker down there until people or dogs pass.
I carry a pouch with her own little water bottle (the lid becomes the water bowl), treats, and some food in it at all times.
Some slot canyons have stretches of water that you have to swim. I have a tiny kids boogie board to usher her across these spots. Haven't used it yet, but it will be tested one day.