Originally Posted by SeaDog
Around here boondocking and a cat (or small dog) 50' away is easy pray for big birds. I really like cats if I had one camping I would keep it close. Yours seems to be very smart.
I agree fully. Typically he's closer than 50 feet but there is risk from birds, plague, rattle snakes, etc.. I worry most about rattle snakes, especially when he wants to poke his head into holes in the house-sized rocks in Valley of Fire State park (NV) and similar. He complains when I call him away from such places, but it's for his own good. Still there is risk and it's a matter of giving him huge pleasure at the expense of a potentially shorter life.
If the risks seem very high, he is on a leash and kept away from even low growing shrubs that might harbor a rattle snake.
At home we have 1.2 acres where we see coyotes and hawks and such so I keep him close. We avoid darker hours when coyotes are more likely be be out.
He's a trim 14 lbs and hopefully that would discourage hawks.