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post Feb 23 2007, 01:31 AM
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I just read the post about New England in June which mentioned RVing with cats about which I have some comments. We have RVed at one time or another with 4 small dogs; 3 dogs and 1 cat; 3 cats; and right now 2 cats. Although we really loved our dogs, we think it is easier to travel in an RV with cats. However, we are lucky that all of our cats have been good travelers. Many cats aren't, and that may be why you don't see more of them in RVs.

The pluses are you don't have to get up in the middle of the night or go out in the cold and rain to walk them. They can use a litter box all by themselves, although many people would not like to deal with that in an RV. Also you can leave cats in the RV while you are sight seeing. I know you can leave dogs also, but you have to come back every few hours to walk and/or feed them. Cats can stay by themselves all day, and will sleep most of the time. Also we have never known them to bark while we are gone.

Minuses are most cats cannot be leash trained so you can't take them on strolls with you like you can do with dogs, and it is usually not a good idea to let them sit outside with you especially if there are dogs around. If you have an RV that must be towed (trailer or 5th wheel) it might be a bit of trouble to move a cat from one vehicle to the other, and I certainly don't think it would be a good idea for them to ride in the RV alone. We have a motor home so that is not a problem for us.

When we are driving down the road one cat rides on my lap and the other sleeps back in the bedroom. (When we had our third cat he rode on the couch.) We don't even have to stop to walk or feed them. They can handle either of those tasks while we are driving--even at 60 mph. When we set up for the night we put a pad on the dash and that becomes their den.

Finally I have to confess that our pets are the reason we decided to get an RV. We wanted to travel, and we just couldn't think of leaving them behind. We would miss them too much. An RV seemed like the best solution, and now 7 years later we're still having fun!
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post Oct 21 2009, 11:06 AM
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I think what we should do is rent one out and test him out on it. I guess as mentioned some hate it fullstop but some can live with it and adapt, hope he's like this.
Maybe we should provide something larger than the typical basket one would use to take him to the vets. At least he would be able to curl up to sleep during our long journeys, again space is key.
Have watched some amusing youtube videos of cats in harnesses being walked. I just find the concept of controlling cats with scepticism. Cats will sit when you want them to walk and walk when you want them to sit. It's the people who hate cats and lengths they go to try and protect their gardens from cats which amuses me. Cats can get anywhere.
Anyways we will hire a motorhome, get him a harness and lease and see how it all goes. Will report back soon!
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post Oct 21 2009, 07:04 PM
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We have been fulltiming for 6 1/2 years. When we started out we had my old cat Mikey who was 17 yo at the time. He adapted to the harness and leash right away but didn't travel in the truck well. He mostly hid under the back seat on the floor. He was with us for 9 months and adapted to the lifestyle well. He died in Alamo Texas on Christmas day 2003. We then got the other cat Casey that didn't do well with Mikey so Mjs brother had him. He was about 7 or 8 and did pretty good on the traveling and he had been used to a harness and leash so it was no problem. He was the one that taught me about how far to go each day. After about 100 miles he would start wanting to know if we were there yet. The farther after 100 miles we went the more vocal he got. We lost him in to diabetes Gardner Maine in 2006 but I still don't travel much more than 150 miles a day anymore. Well, maybe 200 if I'm in a hurry. In May 2007 I went into a petsmart to just look at the kitties and we had talked about getting two if we got another cat. Of course the kitty gods were working overtime and there were two orange tabbies that were twin brothers and had to be adopted together that were about two years old. They have been the best cats for this lifestyle. When we travel they go into their carrier and are put in the back seat of the truck and sleep until we get where we are stopping. They both walk on a harness and a leash but I have learned not to take them both out at the same time as they will not go in the same direction. We have seen a lot of people with cats in our travels and it isn't that unusual to see one on a leash.

We are now off the road but this is what we fulltimed in.
2003 Ford F-350
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Bill and Bob guard cats.
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Texasrvers   Rving Cats   Feb 23 2007, 01:31 AM
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