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travelinchick007

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Camino(s) past & future
May-June (2020)
Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the Camino Frances in May/June 2020 and a crazy idea struck me. My kitty, Honey is 10 years old and never leaves my side. When I go somewhere for the weekend, I miss her terribly and my boyfriend says she walks around the house meowing looking for me.

So I'm already planning on doing the Camino next year but the idea stuck me, what if she came too? I've already looked up what I would need to take her as far as documentations, (passport, vet notes, tags, etc). I found a stroller I could get to see if she even likes it (before I leave, obviously). My question to you guys who have done the camino already, how hard do you think it would be to find accommodations for us? I'm sure the albergues won't allow us to stay there, but do you think I would have a hard time finding a place to sleep each night?

Again, I'm just toying with the idea, I haven't completely decided, but I think it would be really nice to have her do the camino with me. We have done dozens of road trips over the last 10 years so shes used to traveling and is leash trained, but the Camino will be completely new for her (and me).

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
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Isca-camigo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
It's difficult one, I would normally be against the idea but I saw somewhere (?) recently a photo of a young Italian man who had walked from Italy with his cat , the photo was taken near Ponferada 200km from Santiago, the cat was laid curled up in a round open shallow whicker basket on a blanket the edge of the basket was resting on his chest and was attached to him by a harness. I'm still going to advice caution just for the reason that you have not walked the Camino yet, I would suggest you see how you cope with it individually before not only putting an extra burden on yourself but also to help you gain some insight into the path and being able to relate that to a future Camino with Honey so you can make her journey smoother and possibly less fraught.

Buen Camino
 
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2017, 2018, 2019, Ingles 2018, Madrid (2019) Portuges (2020)
I’ve had many splendid companion cats over the years, but they all had one thing in common - they were territorial. They bonded primarily with the area they lived in and with their human staff secondly.

Please excuse what you may think is an unnecessarily rude reply, and feel free to ignore me. Someone more empathetic will be along shortly to confirm that it’s the greatest idea they’ve ever come across, it’s your right to do your camino your way, that cats(and dogs) are just fur-babies and really want to be ferried around in strollers etc etc.

Personally, I think it’s an utterly mad idea.
 

NorthernLight

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Le Puy to Santiago via the Frances 2012-2013. EPW2015
Aragonese & Frances 2016
Burgos to Muxia 2017
Every dog along the route will sit up and take notice.

Eating & sleeping just got harder.
Most hostals likely won't let you stay because of allergy issues for others. How will you eat? Restaurants likely won't let you in with it. Will you leave the cat tied up outside the restaurant or grocery store in an unfamiliar territory?

I'd say if you love your cat, leave it at home.
 

Sho

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francés, 2019
Yes, my cats meowed while I was away on the Camino. Now they're over it. I can't imagine trying to take a cat on the Camino. It seems cruel to the cat and to have a high likelihood of a lost cat in a foreign land.
 

Anamya

Keeping it simple
Camino(s) past & future
Frances (2015)
Portugues (2017)
Lebaniego (2019)
Cat lover here as well.

I'd go by myself first, to see how I cope with the camino and check what Honey would need. Then I'd plan a future camino with her. :)
In the meantime, in your first walk, call her online often and talk to her as frequently as you can, she will appreciate it.

(Also, you never know how she will react to the foreign fauna, so better check yourself first. In case of emergencies, it is challenging enough to find a doctor, who says a vet depending on which part of Spain you are.)
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Alright, alright thank you guys lol I won't bring her. It was just a crazy idea. But I can definitely see the reasoning behind each of your "no's".
Good decision I'd say. But just to understand what it is like to travel with animals on Camino you should read thread by a guy that walked with two donkeys (mother and son), two dogs and a cat. Don't remember the exact title but use the Search option or someone will chime in with the link.

Buen Camino!
 

MinaKamina

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Jacobspad 2017
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Here's pilgrim Marcelo with cat Osiris who walked the CF in May. They slept in a tent. It was their second Camino together, last year they walked the Via Francigena to Rome.

Instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/gato_nomada/?hl=nl

IMO not every cat is a happy traveller, and not every pilgrim is happy to carry both a cat plus a tent and catfood on top of everything else.

APACA has more info about walking the Caminos with an animal, website: https://apaca.paradoxahumana.com/
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Aww .... you're from the US. Leave her at home. Don't put your cat through a transatlantic flight, and back.
@travelinchick007 has already decided (very wisely) not to bring her cat.
And here's something worth exploring along the way - our pets invariably mirror our own process right back to us. You can't deal with her separation anxiety about you, but you can work to release any separation anxiety going in the other direction, if it's there. It's a wonderful opportunity.
 

TatiLie

Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Portugues Variante Espiritual July 2019
Finisterre next!
I missed my cats terribly on the Camino. Fortunately, there were many friendly cats around to keep the withdraw symptoms at bay. In my daily report to my friends, I would list among many things (distance, temperature, weather, food) the number of cats seen, fluffed, and a picture.

I wouldn't take my cats (I don't even take them to the cattery when I travel, I have a petsitter) because they travel badly, they have their sleeping routine during daytime, they don't like changes, the heat would be too much for them, but also there are many dogs on the way, which I realised are less friendly than the Camino cats. Here's a picture of the friendliest cat in Combarro. Screen Shot 2019-08-20 at 08.28.07.png
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the Camino Frances in May/June 2020 and a crazy idea struck me. My kitty, Honey is 10 years old and never leaves my side. When I go somewhere for the weekend, I miss her terribly and my boyfriend says she walks around the house meowing looking for me.

So I'm already planning on doing the Camino next year but the idea stuck me, what if she came too? I've already looked up what I would need to take her as far as documentations, (passport, vet notes, tags, etc). I found a stroller I could get to see if she even likes it (before I leave, obviously). My question to you guys who have done the camino already, how hard do you think it would be to find accommodations for us? I'm sure the albergues won't allow us to stay there, but do you think I would have a hard time finding a place to sleep each night?

Again, I'm just toying with the idea, I haven't completely decided, but I think it would be really nice to have her do the camino with me. We have done dozens of road trips over the last 10 years so shes used to traveling and is leash trained, but the Camino will be completely new for her (and me).

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
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Welcome to the forum, Chicky. She's adorable...I wish you well.
Buen Camino!
 
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Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
It's difficult one, I would normally be against the idea but I saw somewhere (?) recently a photo of a young Italian man who had walked from Italy with his cat , the photo was taken near Ponferada 200km from Santiago, the cat was laid curled up in a round open shallow whicker basket on a blanket the edge of the basket was resting on his chest and was attached to him by a harness. I'm still going to advice caution just for the reason that you have not walked the Camino yet, I would suggest you see how you cope with it individually before not only putting an extra burden on yourself but also to help you gain some insight into the path and being able to relate that to a future Camino with Honey so you can make her journey smoother and possibly less fraught.

Buen Camino
I saw that photo, too! I was thinking, awww, another one of "man's best friend"!
 

Camino Chrissy

Take one step forward...then keep on walking.
Camino(s) past & future
Frances 2015;
Norte/Primitivo 2016;
Frances 2017;
Le Puy 2018;
Portuguese/FishermanTr. 2019
Good decision I'd say. But just to understand what it is like to travel with animals on Camino you should read thread by a guy that walked with two donkeys (mother and son), two dogs and a cat. Don't remember the exact title but use the Search option or someone will chime in with the link.

Buen Camino!
Loved his thread...wish he'd post again.
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
It's difficult one, I would normally be against the idea but I saw somewhere (?) recently a photo of a young Italian man who had walked from Italy with his cat , the photo was taken near Ponferada 200km from Santiago, the cat was laid curled up in a round open shallow whicker basket on a blanket the edge of the basket was resting on his chest and was attached to him by a harness. I'm still going to advice caution just for the reason that you have not walked the Camino yet, I would suggest you see how you cope with it individually before not only putting an extra burden on yourself but also to help you gain some insight into the path and being able to relate that to a future Camino with Honey so you can make her journey smoother and possibly less fraught.

Buen Camino
Here is said cat after arrival in Santiago. They came all the way from Rome. I saw some pretty tired and haggard looking dogs on the Camino and in SDC. As an animal lover and shelter volunteer, I would probably vote for leaving the animal home MOST OF THE TIME. However, this cat seemed to be an exception. They travelled mostly at night and early in the morning, the cat appeared to be happy, comfortable and very well cared for. The man’s love for the cat was very evident. Some cats are good travelers while others despise it. So it depends. Cats are easily spooked and can easily find themselves lost in a moment of fear. Maybe try a small Camino experience near home first and see how it goes. Wishing you (and the cat) well.
 

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Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances 2019
Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the Camino Frances in May/June 2020 and a crazy idea struck me. My kitty, Honey is 10 years old and never leaves my side. When I go somewhere for the weekend, I miss her terribly and my boyfriend says she walks around the house meowing looking for me.

So I'm already planning on doing the Camino next year but the idea stuck me, what if she came too? I've already looked up what I would need to take her as far as documentations, (passport, vet notes, tags, etc). I found a stroller I could get to see if she even likes it (before I leave, obviously). My question to you guys who have done the camino already, how hard do you think it would be to find accommodations for us? I'm sure the albergues won't allow us to stay there, but do you think I would have a hard time finding a place to sleep each night?

Again, I'm just toying with the idea, I haven't completely decided, but I think it would be really nice to have her do the camino with me. We have done dozens of road trips over the last 10 years so shes used to traveling and is leash trained, but the Camino will be completely new for her (and me).

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
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I am a cat lover and cat owner. And I have recently walked the Camino. I can appreciate that it would painful to be separated from your pet while on the Way. But my instinct is to regard bringing your cat on your Camino as making this long walk much more difficult than necessary and risks the possibility of your cat being lost in unfamiliar territory through some kind of accident or unexpected incident (e.g., an aggressive dog or loud, frightening noise). In short, I would say, don’t bring your cat— just carry her in your heart with you on the Way until you are home again. Buen Camino.
 

kelleymac

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
March/April 2015, Late April 2016, Sept/Oct 2017, April 2019.
There was a peregrino last Spring, whom I met at the hostel in Castrojeriz. He traveled with a cat and a small dog (jack russel terrier). He was going by bike, and had a trailer-- He had found the cat on his travels when she was in a bad way as a small kitten. They were not allowed in the hostel, but he set up a tent on the veranda, and so used the kitchen and other facilities. -- When we started out in the morning, his cat had gone walk-about so he was waiting for her return. Here is a photo of the cat in the bike trailer just after they arrived at the hostel. She felt very safe with him, and liked her carrier (she had grown up in it).
 

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cycled from Pamplona Sep 2015;Frances, walked from St Jean May/June 2017. Plans to walk Porto 2020
I appreciate how much your cat means to you but I would have to vote NO. I strongly doubt that either you or the cat would enjoy the experience.
 

KinkyOne

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
Here is said cat after arrival in Santiago. They came all the way from Rome. I saw some pretty tired and haggard looking dogs on the Camino and in SDC. As an animal lover and shelter volunteer, I would probably vote for leaving the animal home MOST OF THE TIME. However, this cat seemed to be an exception. They travelled mostly at night and early in the morning, the cat appeared to be happy, comfortable and very well cared for. The man’s love for the cat was very evident. Some cats are good travelers while others despise it. So it depends. Cats are easily spooked and can easily find themselves lost in a moment of fear. Maybe try a small Camino experience near home first and see how it goes. Wishing you (and the cat) well.
Well, that's clearly a discimination. A cat got canine compostela! ;)
 
Camino(s) past & future
Walked CF September/October 2015
The thing that would worry me the most is that cats don’t generally like a disruption to their daily routine or to their familiar territory. They can become stressed easily. Not to mention the additional burden that it will put on you during what is already a challenging experience. In addition to that, I worry that caring for your cat while on pilgrimage might distract you from the inner journey that takes place while on pilgrimage, which requires quiet reflection, which might be made more difficult if you’re focusing your attention externally.
 

Thornley

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
Frances x 2 , Norte x 2 , Le Puy x 3 , Portuguese x 2,
Mont St Michel , Primitivo .
They travelled mostly at night and early in the morning, the cat appeared to be happy, comfortable and very well cared for.
How did the Canina " Betty "get the required stamps.
Was Betty issued with a Canina Credential ?

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
After walking 5 hours on the first day , you are now past Orrison , no cats allowed , you will then realise
*What was i thinking*

because she is totally crazy and would never do what was expected of her :D
She would not come home alive with that attitude
And in relation to the loo ....is she gender neutral?
 
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travelinchick007

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
May-June (2020)
Thanks everyone for your feedback, I appreciate you guys leading me to Not make a decision that both Honey and I would hate me for later lol. I promise I'll leave her at home because that is ultimately what is best for her and I guess for me too. You guys are great and I am so looking forward to being on the camino next year and meeting some fellow peregrinos 💕.
 

ELHS220

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Francés - 2015
Francés - 2017
Norte (Oviedo Costa) - 2018
Finisterre/Muxía - 2018
Norte - (2019)
Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the Camino Frances in May/June 2020 and a crazy idea struck me. My kitty, Honey is 10 years old and never leaves my side. When I go somewhere for the weekend, I miss her terribly and my boyfriend says she walks around the house meowing looking for me.

So I'm already planning on doing the Camino next year but the idea stuck me, what if she came too? I've already looked up what I would need to take her as far as documentations, (passport, vet notes, tags, etc). I found a stroller I could get to see if she even likes it (before I leave, obviously). My question to you guys who have done the camino already, how hard do you think it would be to find accommodations for us? I'm sure the albergues won't allow us to stay there, but do you think I would have a hard time finding a place to sleep each night?

Again, I'm just toying with the idea, I haven't completely decided, but I think it would be really nice to have her do the camino with me. We have done dozens of road trips over the last 10 years so shes used to traveling and is leash trained, but the Camino will be completely new for her (and me).

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
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How did the Canina " Betty "get the required stamps.
Was Betty issued with a Canina Credential ?


After walking 5 hours on the first day , you are now past Orrison , no cats allowed , you will then realise
*What was i thinking*


She would not come home alive with that attitude
And in relation to the loo ....is she gender neutral?
There is an organization in SDC that issues these canine certificates. It is not connected with the Pilgrim Office. Evidently there is no feline version.
 

Rover

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Francis, Fall 2016
It's difficult one, I would normally be against the idea but I saw somewhere (?) recently a photo of a young Italian man who had walked from Italy with his cat , the photo was taken near Ponferada 200km from Santiago, the cat was laid curled up in a round open shallow whicker basket on a blanket the edge of the basket was resting on his chest and was attached to him by a harness. I'm still going to advice caution just for the reason that you have not walked the Camino yet, I would suggest you see how you cope with it individually before not only putting an extra burden on yourself but also to help you gain some insight into the path and being able to relate that to a future Camino with Honey so you can make her journey smoother and possibly less fraught.

Buen Camino
The Camino is no place for a cat. Leave it at home and FaceTime with it.
 

biarritzdon

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
CF11, CF12, CP13, CF14, CA15, S.Anton15, CF&CI15
Ditch Pig16, CF&CP17, CdN18, CM18, CF18, LePuy19
I remember seeing a guy with a cat draped around his neck on a Camino once and thinking how uncomfortable that must be in the heat of the day.
I took a cat on a canoe trip to Canada once. The cat spent every night in the bushes catching various vermin and bringing them back to the tent. Then the final day as we sat a the dock of the Hudson Bay Trading Post to take a ferry back to Timagami, the cat ran off to play with some other feral cats.
Good-bye Kittie. She missed the boat.
 

senora1

Member
Hey guys, I'm planning on doing the Camino Frances in May/June 2020 and a crazy idea struck me. My kitty, Honey is 10 years old and never leaves my side. When I go somewhere for the weekend, I miss her terribly and my boyfriend says she walks around the house meowing looking for me.

So I'm already planning on doing the Camino next year but the idea stuck me, what if she came too? I've already looked up what I would need to take her as far as documentations, (passport, vet notes, tags, etc). I found a stroller I could get to see if she even likes it (before I leave, obviously). My question to you guys who have done the camino already, how hard do you think it would be to find accommodations for us? I'm sure the albergues won't allow us to stay there, but do you think I would have a hard time finding a place to sleep each night?

Again, I'm just toying with the idea, I haven't completely decided, but I think it would be really nice to have her do the camino with me. We have done dozens of road trips over the last 10 years so shes used to traveling and is leash trained, but the Camino will be completely new for her (and me).

Thanks for any feedback including maybe something I'm not thinking of.
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Call me crazy but I like the idea. I am leaving September 1 to do the Camino by bike and plan to stay in little pensions and CR. Maybe use Booking.com to contact a few and see if Honey is allowed
 
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