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Old 12-15-2016, 08:08 PM   #31
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One 4th of July we were setting up our old Freelander and DW couldn't find the cat. I was outside the camper doing the jacks, and she could hear the cat crying someplace inside but couldn't find it. Opened every cabinet, pulled up all the seats but still couldn't find it. She sent me out to check all the compartments and when I came back she had narrowed down the sound to behind the dinette. With the slide still in there was about a 4 inch space between it and the wall, covered by a 'wood' trim piece.

Apparently the cat was on top of the slide and something scared it and it fell down the space, tumbling all the way down to the floor. If DW hadn't notice the cat was missing my next set up step would have been to run the slide out and the little guy would have been squished.

We tried to get it to climb a rope back to the top, rigged an 'elevator' that she wouldn't go in and finally, after an hour, I took the trim off and figured I'd bend the slide frame with a wonder bar. Luckily the frame was screwed to a chunk of particle board which I could easily remove to free the little varmint. The cat was good for month after that.

Now in our FR3 we still make sure to see the cat with our eyes before running the slides out.
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Old 12-16-2016, 01:00 AM   #32
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We've always had this rule: cats inside carriers before slides move. We may get other parts of our set up/breakdown checklist out of order, but not this.
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Old 12-16-2016, 02:43 AM   #33
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Royal lived traveling in the trailer. Always had him in hand while slides are being moved. After he passed we got a new kitten, Prince. Difference is that Prince is deaf so no calling helps. Training on a leash. Bought a large cage so he can sit outside with us. He can tell when we are getting ready to go somewhere. Loves to ride.
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Old 12-16-2016, 08:34 AM   #34
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Our cats really don't like to ride in vehicles. I'm thinking that they equate... ride in car = trip to vet! But, I did discover whilst living in the TT with two cats during a remodeling of our house a few years back... If I place one of those recycled poly door mats in front of the covered litter boxes, the amount of litter tracked through the TT was significantly reduced and contained more to the mat. Since then, we set up inside their home that way too.
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Old 12-16-2016, 10:48 PM   #35
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I learned from my sister's mistake with the cat. Her cat rode in the 5th wheel while traveling, not in a carrier. They were setting up camp at one point and she was opening the slide in the bedroom. The cat had gotten under the bed and was somehow caught with his head about to be squashed by the slide. He screamed, she screamed, my brother-in-law wanted to know why everyone was screaming and since opening that slide was my sister's job, she too, always made sure she could see the cat before she opened any slides. The lesson for me is that I never let my cat out of the carrier and into the TT until the slides are open. And he goes back in his carrier before the slides are closed.
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