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Old 04-11-2013, 09:46 PM   #1
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We have decided that taking our cat with us camping is he only humane thing to do. Several times we have left him home where he seems to enjoy the peace and quiet.
Our pet came to us via a neighbor, just after he purchased a dog for his children. The cat and dog did not get along at all and soon came to live with us.
He shares his 24 hour days between living with us when we are home and living outside when we are not. Except when we go off for the weekend, we leave him shut up with the run of the house.
He does use his litter box and eats only cat food from a bag. Also likes to sleep with us at night and will stay a sleep as long as we do.
We have never had him in a cat carrier and just recently, we purchased a straight jacket for him to use with a leash...we have put the jacket on him two times, both times he did not move....that maybe a good thing...working on getting it on him again tomorrow along with a leash..
He loves the camper and has actually spent the night several times by himself by accident.
Anyone have any great ideas to getting him ready to go camping, would be appreciated..
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Old 04-11-2013, 09:52 PM   #2
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No ideas, but a "have you thought of..." - since he's an inside/outside cat, have you thought of his wanting to be outside when camping and making a break for it? Will be come back when called? What happens if it's leaving time and he jets? (You don't need to answer- just getting you thinking.)

How does he do traveling? My big cat used to be really good at it as a kitten. Now he's a horrendous meowing mess when he's in the car. But he's a good 15 years old now, too.

I've read of some vets suggesting a small dose of children's benodryl to calm them down some.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:12 AM   #3
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We don't do anything special with our cat just put her in the truck and go. She is a little antsy at first but she calms down and acts like a dog looking out the windows. She loves camping. We put a harness on her and tie about 10 foot of rope to it but don't tie her up and just let her rome around and she thinks she tied up so it keeps her close.
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:39 AM   #4
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We have purchased a harness for him when he goes outside...he has not completely accepted the harness as yet..with that said, that is the only way I would let him go outside...Since this is our first camping cat, we do not know what to expect from him and I'm sure he does not know what to expect from us..With that said....When we are home, he will not use his litter box and likes to go out...When we leave him home alone, he will use his litter box...Since we have never taken him outside on his leash, we don't know what to expect when we finally do.
We will start today working him into his harness...by weeks end, we should have him on the leash as well...
Our first outing with him will be on the 24th up to Pigeon Forge, TN..maybe we can tell from that whether or not he wants to be a fellow camper with us.
Appreciate your suggestions..second opinions are always welcome..
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Old 04-12-2013, 05:55 AM   #5
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Once when we were camping the people next to us had 2 cats. They had this expandable mesh tube about 24"high and like 10' long it was round and they use to put the cats in that. They would run around in it and play all day long.
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:05 AM   #6
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Now that would be something I would love to see...not ever having see anything like that before..sure it would be very comfortable for either a cat or dog..might check into that...thanks
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Old 04-12-2013, 06:07 AM   #7
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Does anyone take there cat on trips?
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Our cat, Misty, has travelled over 30K. Some of it is very good and some bad. The current trip through Canada, New York, PA OH and IN has been the best as she sleeps on DW's lap and her favorite blanket in the backseat. We use a small dog harness on her during the day, so that we can grab her should she get out of the truck and to attach a leash around the CG. We have a portable kennel which we used once after dark.
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Sometime ours cats have been able to slip out their harness so it's a good idea to have a separate collar with idea tag. We also have ours microchipped just in case they get lost or stolen then ref-found. I believe all vets use the chip database. We also carry inoculation records.

Would not do the Benadryl, tried that and our cat had a terrible reaction. You can purchase a calming collar at most pet stores that seems robe very effective.

We are into our second week as first timers traveling with two cats. Both have gotten use to the harness. One will walk on the leash with no problem, the other doesn't like to get outside at all. He wants to stay in the truck, or in the camper, but not in between.
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If anyone see the cats in the mesh cages you have to take a video and post it. Note sure if I could stand to watch it, laughing enough just reading the post.
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