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    Planning a through hike next year and wonder how often I will encounter cats inside hostels. Cat allergies are very common so I am surprised hostel owners would have cats inside of rooms/common areas they rent out. I encountered this this past weekend.

    How common is this? Fortunately (for me) I am not allergic to dogs so cats are my only concern.

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    don't stay at Kincora hostel

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    In all the hostels I stayed at on the AT, I can't remember seeing one cat; although it is likely I missed a few. I don't think it should be a big problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Wolf View Post
    don't stay at Kincora hostel

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    Loki stayed with me one night in the tree house.
    I love the smell of esbit in the morning!

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    Emotional support cats are a necessity to some.

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    I'm strongly allergic to cats, after an hour or two my throat starts swelling shut. I didn't have any problems at the southern hostels, even ones with cats. Generally, there's enough open doors, and fresh air that any dander doesn't really collect, plus you're sleeping on a bunk with your own bedding for the most part. I've had more cat related problems at B&Bs, where they tend to let their cats roam through the house and camp out in guest rooms. I've since learned to ask about cats when making reservations at such places.

    I was more annoyed at that those few hostels with surprise fricking roosters. For a city boy such as myself, I was not pleased to be woken up randomly from 1:00 a.m. onwards.

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    Just passed through Uncle Johnny's in Erwin, Tn last month and I saw there were a few allowed to roam ON the outside tables and heard one hiker had a cat try to get in his tent (not sure the validity on that one, I didn't see it), but there were a few around anyway.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ldsailor View Post
    In all the hostels I stayed at on the AT, I can't remember seeing one cat; although it is likely I missed a few. I don't think it should be a big problem.

    Unfortunately you'll usually smell them before you see them.
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    The only cat we encountered was Peaches at Standing Bear Farm. Best bunkmate ever

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogwood View Post
    Emotional support cats are a necessity to some.
    And food for others......

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