Adventure Inn is a pet-friendly hotel. We have certain rooms reserved for people with well-behaved pets, not far from the front door where in the case of dogs, you can walk it across our quiet street to a field where your dog can relieve itself. For cats we put a cardboard box in the guests room with torn newspaper.

We ask everyone to take full responsibility for their pets. Any loss of income because of their pet or damage will be charged to the guest. We insist guests keep their pets off the furniture and make sure that it does not disturb other guests, including noise; growling, barking, whining, etc in the case of dogs and scratching furniture in the case of cats. For sanitary reasons, pets are not allowed in the restaurant/bar or pool area. We charge $10 per night per pet.

Also, just so you know, your pet will probably be completely dehydrated after the flight, so get it water as soon as possible. My dog drank for about two straight minutes!

Last week I had a guest check in with four cats, all in their cages, all very well cared for.

But I wonder if the owner stopped to ask himself if he was doing a disfavour to his cats, his neighbours and the local environment wherever he was going to live in Costa Rica.

I used to live in a semi-rural area of Santa Ana here in the Central Valley. Each day, it was great to hear the variety of birds singing away in the morning, watch little geckos scurrying up the walls in search of a tasty mosquito, be entertained with a beautiful butterfly fluttering past, even ponder over the occasional huge prehistoric flying bug that would find its way onto my patio. Then a neighbour moved in next door with a pair of cats who were allowed to roam the neighbourhood. In no time all it seemed most of wildlife had disappeared and it wasn’t the same. One of the simple reasons I wanted to live in Costa Rica was now taken away by these two darn cats. The unsuspecting wildlife in Costa Rica has not evolved to survive with these foreign intruders.

Also, for cat owners, realize that cats have a short life span in Costa Rica. You don’t see that many around. Many Ticos mistreat cats, thinking they can survive on mice alone. Also, poisonous scorpions, snakes and spiders that domestic cats are not used to can bring full meaning to the expression that curiosity killed the cat.

Don’t bring cats to Costa Rica, or if you do, be prepared to keep them inside.

10 thoughts on “Cats and Costa Rica Don’t Mix Well

  1. Soozie Laubach says:

    My cat is basically an indoor cat. I take him outside on a leash and harness. When I build my place in CR I will also build a huge habitat for the cat to keep bad things out and the cat in. I’m hoping this will be enough to keep him relatively safe.

  2. Maris says:

    Anyone that decides to have a pet needs to take full responsibility for that pet and keep it where it will not become someone else’s problem, or an issue with any part of the ecosystem, or food chain.
    My cats have always been strictly indoors. Hopefully, curiosities will never be the cause of their deaths. And, they will never be anyone’s problem but, mine and my family’s.

  3. Sofia Mandra says:

    I live here in Costa Rica and i would like to say that, not only do cats naturally live out side in the wild, but they live outside like any other animal. The food chain is a complicated thing, so it’s hard to understand that beautiful things will always help other beautiful things, sometimes at a very high cost. Butterflies are eaten as well as mosquitos. We only care about the butterflies though. Cats have lived outside for centuries and centuries, and it is a very new thing to keep them inside. Many people that are from the USA don’t understand this because it’s very rare to see. But cats and dogs living outside is a very very normal thing in most countries, and it’s only in a select few countries that it’s not.

    1. Eric says:

      True, cats are a natural animal but house cats are a human creation, and do not naturally live anywhere. When you travel with a house cat, the cat is imposed on the natural environment, sort of like pythons in the Everglades.

    2. Cheryl Butler-Adams says:

      Here in the US it’s not that we don’t have dogs living on farms or outside in general, but we bring them in at night and we have boundaries on our property IE fences etc. So our pets don’t roam around they walk around their own backyards. It doesn’t sound like that is what you are talking about.
      We bring our pets in at night because it gets cold, and we don’t know what other nocturnal creatures roam our backyards so we love our pets and thus just as we don’t leave grandma outside we don’t leave our pets either. More specifically dogs because there are inside cats and outside cats and outside cats go out in the AM and return in the PM as well.

  4. andrew fitzherbert says:

    Domestic Cats going Feral are a great problem in many countries. I live in Australia, a large continent divided into states, and every state has “Feral Cats”, which live on lizards, birds and small animals, usually rendering these small creatures extinct all over Australia. Across Europe, many cities have thousands of Cats that nobody owns, great mobs of these cats, they live off garbage-bins and scraps, with some help from kind citizens. You people in Belize are lucky to have Snakes and Scorpions to eat domestic cats who go feral. I like to own a Cat, but lots of Cats go feral.

  5. Gab says:

    I got a cat in CR and had her for only a few months until one morning I woke up and she was nowhere to be found. I have heard that cats get eaten by snakes and other animals.
    I will miss her!

  6. justin says:

    Feral cats are also one of the most invasive species on the planet! With a fauna-rich place like CR, feral cats would do some serious damage.

    1. Jo says:

      The truly feral cats living in the wild are not much of a concern. Costa Rica is a hard place for them to survive, so they will not last long. The problem is domestic cats, well fed and cared for when they are hurt, that hunt for the sake of hunting. They can cause a lot more damage. If you like cats, keep them indoors.

  7. How interesting is this new conecept of pet-friendly hotel. Normally these hotels were focused on Dogs… but how strange could be that someone travel with Cat? Lol.

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