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Old 08-30-2016, 07:58 AM   #1
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More about cats in the RV

Greetings! I've just spent nearly an hour reading most of the "cat tales" in the Pets forum. Thanks for sharing your stories!

We have a 2 year old rescue kitty. Lucy is a Tortoiseshell short hair.
She is OK in the trailer once we arrive but not so happy in the truck. She just
wants to move all the time like she is trying to find a safe place. We just took
her on a 1 hour trial run to a state park for 2 nights. She was very nervous
in the truck with wild eyes and she mewed quietly every couple minutes. She is not normally a lap cat but my wife tried to hold her some and once managed to get her to lay down on the center console for 10-15 minutes but the rest of the time she was on the move.

Some of the previous discussions mentioned letting their cat ride in the
trailer. Not sure if we want to try that. She might burrow under the bed
blankets as she did at first arrival in the CG but I'm worried she might hurt
herself jumping around in the bouncy trailer.
Others mentioned keeping them in a cage in the truck. I guess we'll give that a try. We started with her in a cat carrier and she seemed to do a little better in that but she did cry some.

Still others mentioned kiddy benadryl. I'm going to ask our vet about that.
I think she might be more comfortable if she was sedated slightly. We need
to make this work as we're heading to Gulf State park for a week next month and hoping to spend a month somewhere in the south next winter.

Now the fact that she is a night player is another thing but we can live with
that I guess. She loves to chase her fuzzy ball at all hours of the night!
In a big 2 story house, that's fine. In a basic one room trailer not so much....
I'll attach a pic. We really love cats but didn't go looking for one as we were just ready to retire and hit the road! We were walking in the boonies and she jumped out of a soy bean field and started doing figure 8s around our ankles. What are ya gonna do?? We couldn't find anyone to take her so she adopted us!
Here are some pictures of her first camping trip. She was pretty wild eyed in the truck but adapted to the trailer right away. She was watching the deer out the door in the first 2.
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Old 08-30-2016, 09:14 AM   #2
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Wife and I have 2 cats that we travel with and like your cat, our cats don't like the the road trip but once we setup they are fine in the trailer. We have tried several different things, cage, blanket covers, etc. Nothing calms them down for the travel but once they went under the back seat of the truck and they finally found a place where they feel comfortable. They go under the seat and are quiet for most of the trip. We have traveled with them for a month at a time and the are adapting well. For long trips we have a water bowl, dry food and a small litter box for their comfort. We would not ever let them ride in the trailer.

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Old 08-30-2016, 09:28 AM   #3
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Maybe a blanket under the back seat for her to make a nest? She is a cute one, for sure!

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Old 08-31-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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We RV with Bella the Camping Kitty and she's usually fine on the drive. She stays in the cage in the truck; if it's a really long drive we'll stop and let her into the trailer to use the bathroom and have some water.

She's pretty relaxed when we're camping.

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We travel with 2 Munchkin cats and a Dachshund. The dog rides in his crate in the trailer. The 2 cats are in the pickup with us. The short-legged one, Napoleon, has found a spot under the driver's seat where he stays. The long-legged one, Zeus, can be restless and will meow quite a bit. When he finally settles down, he sleeps on the console. In the RV, they are fine. The first night, they can be restless, but, after the first night, they are just fine.

We recently traded in our Rockwood MiniLite for a Wildcat Maxx. We wanted more room and an RV where the cats can't get out or get into places, like by the water heater, if I forget to close a cupboard door.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:15 PM   #6
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Sometimes it just takes time for them to get used to it, both of our cats are not fans when we are moving, but have gotten much calmer over time. I don't like the lose inside, so they are either in a carrier (which they don't like) or I have a harness for them to wear with a short leash inside. They usually meow for about 15 minutes and then curl up and go to sleep.
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Our 2 felines travel in the trailer. The are rescue cats and are siblings. The male weighs about 20+ lbs the little girl is maybe 6 lbs. One crawls under a pillow on the bed the other has a little cubby hole in one of the end tables for travel. When we stop moving they come right out to greet us. A little advice for anyone not used to traveling with cats is, keep all storage doors, wardrobes and closet doors shut. They like to curl up in them for privacy. We lost one of ours one time when he got in a storage area, crawled through a small hole for electric wires in the very rear of it into the area under the frig and then through that into the area where the power cord is stored. We thought he had gotten out and got lost. He didn't make any sounds but the other cat kept going to the panel in front of the electric storage area. I had to unscrew the panel to check it out and then let him out. He came out like "what's all the fuss, I'm hungry". Being nocturnal cats are very active at night. Ours rip around, chase each other and generally get into mischief.
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I guess we are pretty lucky with our cat. When we moved to Arizona from Maryland, we brought our then 5 year cat (A one year old rescue cat when we got him) with us in the rental truck, he cried constantly for hours the first day of the trip, but then found a comfy place under the seat and was quiet. Often he would climb out from underneath the seat and lounge on the seat between my wife and I. We all travel between San Diego and Phoenix regularly and he is fine in whatever vehicle we choose. All we have to do is set up a spot with a blanket he knows well and he lounges there for most of the 6 hour trip. When we start our RV travels shortly, we will keep him in the cab of our truck as he has adjusted to riding in a vehicle and does quiet well.
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Thank you all for the hopeful posts!! We are going to take her to Gulf Shores. We'll stop mid way so each day will only be 5 hrs or so. We'll try the
blanket under the rear seat idea or put her in a cage in the back with a blanket covering much of it.

Also thanks for the thoughts about finding a wireway and getting behind something! Hadn't thought of that!! I have a couple I need to tape up just for that reason! We open the storage under one end of our U dinette and she goes in there for privacy but really- she is fine in the trailer. It's the truck ride that's a bit of a deal. We hope she'll get used to it as you say your cats have done.

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Cat tunnel.

When I had a cat she loved the one I bought.

Smear some catnip on the inside.

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