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Texasrvers
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!
Cheryl Fuller
TexasRVer, we do have a cat, but he has never gone in the rv with us, as the dogs do. Frankly, it would probably be easier to get my 1200 lb. horse to go willingly in the motorhme. Smokie - the 35 lb. cat - detests being in a moving vehicle. When he has had to go to the vet, he has to be crated and then he wails, hisses, spits, and carries on, scratching at the crate the whole time. He is so worked up by the time we get there that they have had to give him a sedative injection thru the cage before they dare open the gate. If he were not sedated, he would not be able to settle down enough after the car ride to be treated nor would we get him back into his crate. He is not a young thing - almost 12 - and normally doesn't have much interest in anything but laying around, but open the car door and even look as if he is going to be put inside and he totally goes berzerk. Besides, he HATES the dogs and keeps his distance, which would be hard in a motorhome. I think he has the attitude that he was here long before they invaded his space and he would just as soon that they make their home elsewhere!!! How wonderful you can travel in peace with all of your furry friends....
abn
Of our seven cats, three love to go in the RV. The other four prefer to stay home. Of the three that like to go, one even took to a leash with no problem. The other two prefer to stay inside the rv and watch things thru the windshield. Unfortunately, we recently lost our best rv cat.
Texasrvers
Cheryl,

A 35 pound cat?!!! And I thought our 15 pounder was big. I can see how one that big would be difficult to manage if he didn't want to cooperate.

Our female cat is much smaller at 5 and 1/2 lbs. and is 14 years old. She is our little old lady. The big one is 9 years and still likes to play but the female won't have anything to do with him. She can still put him in his place though when he bothers her.



abn,

That is neat about your "leash" cat. We have only seen one other one that was walking on a leash. I know ours would not do very well. We lost a great cat 2 years ago. He was the companion to our female as they were raised together from kittens. The two male cats loved to rough house, but as I said above the little female just doesn't like to. It's very hard to lose one. You get so attached to them.
BigRigger06
We have a pot-bellied pig and a bird, and we also bought the RV for them to travel with us. The pig is a real challenge to get in and out of the bus. A 7 foot ramp had to be modifed a few times, added rubber slats so he could get a grip and he still has trouble going up. It's all worth it for the looks and conversation a pig starts. The pigs name is Frank Pignatra and he's almost 2 years old. Our bird is a Golden Capped Conure and is about 16 years old and my little sweetheart. It's definitely a lot of work and trouble to take your pets along, but we couldn't see any other solution if we were going to travel. Sometimes I wish we had just got a small dog like everyone else, but then we wouldn't be who we are. biggrin.gif We love our pets.
campinggirl1964
Texasrvers, I'm glad you picked up on this topic, because after it inadvertently came up in "New England in June" I started wondering why you don't see many cats while rving/camping. I have to be honest, I really do not like cats - at all - I'm not afraid of them like some people, I just do not like them (probably because when I was little my older brothers had a cat that often got fleas that seemed to particularly like me and my mother; and when I was in my early teens and got my first dog, a cat attacked it). We do have a 6 year old lhasa-apso/poodle - unfortunately, we've never taken him away with us because we like to do a lot of sightseeing when we travel and, because he's quite a barker, we wouldn't want to leave him in the rv for very long unattended (although he too, like others I've read in other threads, does enjoy "the weather channel" when he needs to be shut in a room at home!). Reading your posts has enlightened me as to why some cats just don't travel well - however, it looks like there might be more cats on the road than I thought, we just don't see them out and about - or hear them!

Eric&Rita - your pot-bellied pig looks adorable, and I imagine you gather quite a crowd when he is with you (BTW, I love the name!). We saw a man walking through a park a year or two ago with a beautiful bird on his shoulder (OK - I have to tell you - I am afraid of birds - I think they are beautiful, but I will keep my distance - again, a childhood memory from babysitting someones bird) (sounds like I have some childhood issues, doesn't it!!!!). I can't remember where we were - perhaps it was you we saw!
BigRigger06
CampingGirl1964,

Frank Pignatra because he has blue eyes. And I already saw Frank Swinatra and didn't like that name as much. We mostly call him Franky. I didn't mention the birds name in the last post, Hotrod, because she has a flame paint job. My nephew is terrified of the bird, we have never been able to break him of that, and as far as I know there was never a particular incident that would explain the fear of birds. He says it's because they can fly so he figures he couldn't get away from them if he wanted. She is a lovey-dovey bird and usually nice, but she can bite and does intentionally poop on people she doesn't like. We leave the TV or radio on while we are out so they are not completely bored. I didn't mean to hijack this tread away from cats, I don't hate cats, I just don't like their attitude.
Jackie & Tony
I think RVing with cats is a tricky one.
Our neighbors next to us at the moment have a beautiful well behaved cat - they take him out for walks each day on the leash and he just loves it. We also have fulltime Rving friends who have just had to take their cat to the Humane Society (one that DOES NOT put the animal down) because they tried everything with Hemingway, he was going crazy in the RV and wanted to claw his way out all the time, they have another cat that has adjusted perfectly to their lifestyle. So this is totally dependent on the cat's personality - that's for sure!

Eric&Rita - I just love your pot bellied pig and bird, they're adorable. How you you manage with "potty time" with the piggy??
Texasrvers
I think it is interesting to talk about all kinds of Rving pets and hear about their adventures on the road. So campinggirl, I don't think you hijacked the topic. I'm just sorry you do not like cats. They can be great pets, but they definitely have a mind of their own. We jokingly say ours let us live in their house, but that may may be truer than we think. I'm convinced they just keep us around to be their "staff." I grew up with both cats and dogs, but my husband only had dogs as a child and didn't particularly like cats either. After we married our first pet was a cat because we were both working and living in an apartment, and a cat was just a better choice at that time. After a few weeks my husband decided cats weren't so bad after all, and now he really likes them. He was very attached to the one we lost 2 years ago.

Jackie, I think you are right. It is tricky to travel with cats, and as you pointed out, some just never adapt. However, I bet there are more cats traveling in RVs than we think. We just don't see them because they generally stay inside. On one trip we stayed next to a couple who had 7 cats. Luckily they had a huge motor home. We have also noticed cats sitting on dashboards and in windows. So they do seem to be out there. I'm surprised too to hear about more cats on leashes. We've only seen one, but it sounds like they are out there too.

Eric&Rita, your pig and bird are so cute. I think it is so great that you built a ramp so Franky could go with you. That shows a real commitment to wanting to have your pets with you. I'm sure we would have done the same thing. After all they are a member of the family.
BigRigger06
QUOTE(Jackie & Tony @ Feb 24 2007, 11:31 AM) *

Eric&Rita - I just love your pot bellied pig and bird, they're adorable. How you you manage with "potty time" with the piggy??


Frank will let us know when he has to go and will give us enough time to find a place to pull over and let him out for a potty break. When it's really bad outside, like raining or very cold, he is willing to use a litter box (an inflatible kiddie pool filled with sawdust litter), but only for #1. He will only do #2 outside. Pigs are very vocal when they are hungry or want to go outside. Otherwise he likes to lay around and sleep most of the time. We have another inflatible kiddie pool that we put about 200 colored plastic balls into and add some snacks and watch him root around hunting for every morsel.

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RLM
Folks> Since Iím the one who started this pet thread with my inadvertent mix up between a feline and a ferry boat, I have read with interest all the comments on pet travel and the various ones owned. Iím sending them to our friends who will be traveling with us and bringing their cat. I think they will enjoy reading all of the comments.

Personally, Iím a fish person. Unfortunately, I couldnít get the water to stay in the aquarium while we were moving. smile.gif

RLM
pianotuna
Ummmm RLM,

What about your fresh water tank? *veg* LOL!

It would cause you to bring a new level to the term "winterize" too!

QUOTE(RLM @ Feb 25 2007, 11:05 AM) *

Folks> Since Iím the one who started this pet thread with my inadvertent mix up between a feline and a ferry boat, I have read with interest all the comments on pet travel and the various ones owned. Iím sending them to our friends who will be traveling with us and bringing their cat. I think they will enjoy reading all of the comments.

Personally, Iím a fish person. Unfortunately, I couldnít get the water to stay in the aquarium while we were moving. smile.gif

RLM
Texasrvers
Wow, RLM, you sure did start something, but I think it has been fun to talk about our pets. I also noticed you wondered about the litter box staying in one place. Just so you wonít lose any sleep, we keep ours in the shower, and I put one of those non slip place mats under it so it stays put quite well actually. It is one of the ones that has a detachable hood over it. The hood has a handle on top so it is very easy to pick up and move when we need the shower. This has worked out best for us, but I have heard of several other places where litter boxes have been kept. I guess if you really want to take your pets with you, you find a way to work out all the problems whether itís a ramp for a pig or a litter box for a cat or even putting your fish in the fresh water tank! laugh.gif PS Tell your friends I hope their trip with their cat goes well.
Texasrvers
I know this is an old thread, but I just saw something that made me want to bring it up again. Have any of you seen the TV show about million dollar motor homes called Motor Mansions II on HGTV. All of the coaches are amazing, but there was one where one or two of the underneath bins had been converted into a cat condo. The cats could go back and forth through a passageway in one of the kitchen cabinets. It was really neat, but I'm sure it was also big $$$$$$. Just thought some of you might want to see what we had done to our coach. laugh.gif laugh.gif
sillypup
Texasrvers,

I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one that went and bought an RV for my pets,lol! First the car, then the house, and now an RV!!! Where is this going to end? laugh.gif

I'm a newbie, and I have 4 dogs that I plan to eventually travel with, and if that works out, the parrot may have a chance too....

Like you, I wouldn't dream of leaving them at home, where I go, they go!


Mia
jmo
Great thread. Went back and read them all. Travel with a cat and two dogs (medium size). Doug the cat doesn't come out from bedroom until we park. I can't say he likes the moving part but he is very much himself when we land. Dogs definitely require more attention. All are very social. Fortunate they all have a good attitude. We come and go at home as well as when RVing. Ever heard expression when a single person complains about not "meeting" anyone? Get a dog. As with Pignatra...you always meet people walking a pet.
riggarob
biggrin.gif When we got our 1st coach, 3 years ago, we just left the door to it open, and eventually "Sweet Pea" (our 10 year old, at that time, cat) stuck her nose inside. She now travels w/ us every where. We're usually gone 6 months of the year. When we got the new, bigger coach, it took her (and our 2 1/2 year old grandson) a while to go inside, but now we can't keep them out ! However, she hates riding in a car !! So, Sweet Pea is now 13, and still traveling, but cries like a 12 year old who wants to out on a week nite when she has to ride in the car, instead of the MH. Dogs are out, because of all of the previously mentioned xtras you have to go thru.
J59T
We adopted a kitty from a family of feral cats at a RV park in North Texas and he has proved to be an excellent traveling companion. My husband was patient to train him to a leash. We can leave him in the RV while on day trips and can't imagine life without our kitty Sanger.
DXSMac
I have a cat, and kitty was 6 when I got my first RV. The first trip with kitty was traumatic. I think kitty thought I was going to dump him somewhere! My cat is normally aloof and "I'll let you pet me when I feel like it" kind of cat. Well, during the first trip, he kept trying to get on my lap while I was driving on a winding road through mountains! During the whole trip, he was cuddle cuddle cuddle (not normal for my cat!), and "Whatever I did wrong, I'll change.... etc."

I finally just told kitty that I wanted to have him with me, that's why the RV, so he wouldn't be alone in an empty house with a pet sitter that came by for five minutes a day. (But I did have an excellent pet sitter!)

Now, kitty knows the drill. He heads straight for the bed and buries himself. If I'm travelling mostly on freeway, I'll let him hang out in the bed. But if I'm going to travel a lot on any type of winding road, I'll crate him (so he won't poop and barf all over the place). There's been many times I let him hang out in the bed only to have to find a place with laundry facilities so that *I* could have clean sheets to sleep in, after kitty got carsick.

JJ
SEP
Hi all smile.gif I'm from the UK and we are doing a little (actually there's quite a lot needed!) research before we buy our first motorhome. We are thinking of one which is about 24' which I know on the whole motorhomes are much smaller than RVs so this was my main concern: the moggy.
We are planning a trip up to a year but will have to take the cat with us. He is a fabulously mischeivous British Blue with a face like he ran into a brick wall, but we love him dearly and couldn't leave him.
I don't think we'd risk letting him out of his basket while we are on the move, only when we have parked. But from reading the posts all your cats have been on leads and have responded well, as well as being inside for many hours while out sight seeing?
My other concern is the litter tray in this small space and how it's been dealt with.

Any tips, tricks and reassurances would be appreciated!

Texasrvers
SEP,

I'm glad to hear that you will not be leaving one of your family members behind when you travel. We have always enjoyed taking our pets with us. We have had both dogs and cats, but right now we are down to just one cat.

I'm assuming your new motorhome will have a shower. That's where we keep our cat's litter box. Look back at post #13 in this thread where I explain about our situation. Actually this whole thread has some good tips for traveling with pets, so if you haven't done so I'd recommend you read all the previous posts here. And please feel free to ask other questions if you need to. I'm sure one member or another will be able to help you.



dalsgal
We full time with 3 cats. The oldest one is deaf and had never had a collar on him. We put one on and a leash and he loves being hooked up outside in the fresh air. He was severely abused when we got him (broken hips, nose and probably ribs) and had also been attacked by dogs because he can't hear. Our other two we got when they were kittens and immediately put on leashes. They all love to go for walks. When we took over managing this campground we were required to move into a small house on the property. The two youngest had never even been inside a house before and they freaked out. They adjusted in a few days but still go out daily on their leashes and get hooked up so they can get fresh air.
telm59
QUOTE(DXSMac @ Sep 23 2007, 04:57 PM) *

I have a cat, and kitty was 6 when I got my first RV. The first trip with kitty was traumatic. I think kitty thought I was going to dump him somewhere! My cat is normally aloof and "I'll let you pet me when I feel like it" kind of cat. Well, during the first trip, he kept trying to get on my lap while I was driving on a winding road through mountains! During the whole trip, he was cuddle cuddle cuddle (not normal for my cat!), and "Whatever I did wrong, I'll change.... etc."

I finally just told kitty that I wanted to have him with me, that's why the RV, so he wouldn't be alone in an empty house with a pet sitter that came by for five minutes a day. (But I did have an excellent pet sitter!)

Now, kitty knows the drill. He heads straight for the bed and buries himself. If I'm travelling mostly on freeway, I'll let him hang out in the bed. But if I'm going to travel a lot on any type of winding road, I'll crate him (so he won't poop and barf all over the place). There's been many times I let him hang out in the bed only to have to find a place with laundry facilities so that *I* could have clean sheets to sleep in, after kitty got carsick.

JJ

my husband and i have 2 cats...one's a 'hider' and the other lies on the bed or couch....no matter how long the trip....once we've parked....they are as laid back as ever...both housecats...never try to get out...but love watching them when they smell campfires...their little noses are going a hundred miles a second....as i've said...once we've parked....they are as comfortable as possible....
Texasrvers
QUOTE(telm59 @ Oct 20 2009, 04:21 PM) *

my husband and i have 2 cats...one's a 'hider' and the other lies on the bed or couch....no matter how long the trip....once we've parked....they are as laid back as ever...both housecats...never try to get out...but love watching them when they smell campfires...their little noses are going a hundred miles a second....as i've said...once we've parked....they are as comfortable as possible....



You have described our cats to a T. The two we no longer have rode on the couch or bed in our motorhome. The one we still have is the hider until he hears the slides go out and then he is right at home.

Just a word of caution to anyone who travels with pets and whose RV has slides. Be sure you know where your pets are before moving the slide(s) in or out. We have never had a bad incident, but we were told about a cat getting caught behind a slide. To keep our cats from getting behind the slides when they are pulled in we stuff pool noodles in the cracks. They are light to carry; they mold to the opening; they store easily; and are inexpensive. Works great.
Gingerbred
QUOTE(SEP @ Oct 20 2009, 02:19 PM) *

Hi all smile.gif I'm from the UK and we are doing a little (actually there's quite a lot needed!) research before we buy our first motorhome. We are thinking of one which is about 24' which I know on the whole motorhomes are much smaller than RVs so this was my main concern: the moggy.
We are planning a trip up to a year but will have to take the cat with us. He is a fabulously mischeivous British Blue with a face like he ran into a brick wall, but we love him dearly and couldn't leave him.
I don't think we'd risk letting him out of his basket while we are on the move, only when we have parked. But from reading the posts all your cats have been on leads and have responded well, as well as being inside for many hours while out sight seeing?
My other concern is the litter tray in this small space and how it's been dealt with.

Any tips, tricks and reassurances would be appreciated!


Our cat rides in the van (tow vehicle) in her carry-case, with us. When we get where we're going we carry her to the TT (travel trailer) and let her out. She has her familiar litter pan and her dishes from home. She's an indoor cat so stays inside when we're camping. She doesn't mind being left alone for long periods of time. We're seldom gone from the TT for more than a few hours. All cats are different. Some hate traveling and will not adapt. Those should he left with a friend or boarded when you travel.
nicki
QUOTE(Eric&Rita @ Feb 23 2007, 08:52 PM) *

We have a pot-bellied pig and a bird, and we also bought the RV for them to travel with us. The pig is a real challenge to get in and out of the bus. A 7 foot ramp had to be modifed a few times, added rubber slats so he could get a grip and he still has trouble going up. It's all worth it for the looks and conversation a pig starts. The pigs name is Frank Pignatra and he's almost 2 years old. Our bird is a Golden Capped Conure and is about 16 years old and my little sweetheart. It's definitely a lot of work and trouble to take your pets along, but we couldn't see any other solution if we were going to travel. Sometimes I wish we had just got a small dog like everyone else, but then we wouldn't be who we are. biggrin.gif We love our pets.


Just wondering about the pig--my daughter is getting a miniature pig for Christmas and it never occurred to me to take him camping with us. We have somewhere to leave him when we do go camping, but just in case we decide to try to take him w/us, I was wondering--do you mention to the CG owner that you have a pig? If so, what are the reactions? Have you ever not been allowed at a CG because of your pig? Does he affect your ability to go out sightseeing? Just wondering...thanks!
SEP
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!
nedmtnman
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.
olivercamper
We have two cats that are leash trained and love to go camping! Leash training can be done with love and patience....our cats learned the only way they were going outside was on a leash and they love it!
WhyFly?
QUOTE(Eric&Rita @ Feb 23 2007, 10:52 PM) *

We have a pot-bellied pig and a bird, and we also bought the RV for them to travel with us. The pig is a real challenge to get in and out of the bus. A 7 foot ramp had to be modifed a few times, added rubber slats so he could get a grip and he still has trouble going up. It's all worth it for the looks and conversation a pig starts. The pigs name is Frank Pignatra and he's almost 2 years old. Our bird is a Golden Capped Conure and is about 16 years old and my little sweetheart. It's definitely a lot of work and trouble to take your pets along, but we couldn't see any other solution if we were going to travel. Sometimes I wish we had just got a small dog like everyone else, but then we wouldn't be who we are. biggrin.gif We love our pets.


Hi, we also have a pot bellied pig we'd like to take with us in our RV. Do you have trouble finding campgrounds that allow it? It seems many people are uneducated when it comes to pot-bellied pigs as pets and think that they are exotic or farm animals and don't allow them on the campgrounds. Meanwhile, they are clean, intelligent pets. We also got the 7 foot ramp and are in the midst of training. Can you advise of your camping experiences with your piggie? Thx!
Texasrvers
whyfly,

I sincerely hope you get a reply to your post, but I would like to point out that the topic is pretty old, and the member who talked about their pot bellied pig has not been active for a while so they may not see your post.

But welcome to the forum, and maybe someone will be able to help you.
TrailerParkBoys
[quote name='Texasrvers' date='Feb 23 2007, 02:31 AM' post='6198']
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!


I feel you are right about having a cat instead of a dog in an RV but I'm a dog lover and I would be lost without my dog, he follows me everywhere.
DXSMac
Well, since this topic has been revived, I have traveled with a cat since I started RV'ing. At first my cat did not like it. He would poop, piddle, or barf during the travel. He has gotten better, but if I'm on a winding road, he has problems.

My cat is now 15, and as of the last vet exam, he is now starting the slow descent into being CRF. Cats can still live one or a few years being CRF (renal failure). The vet said either he has to come to the vet once a week for fluids, or you sprinkle something called EPAKITIN on it's food. EPAKITIN supposedly slows down the CRF progression by causing the cat to not absorb something or whatever.....

I'm steeling myself for the eventual...... and being thankful for each day it's still alive and doing fine.
nedmtnman
QUOTE(DXSMac @ Jul 2 2013, 08:31 AM) *

Well, since this topic has been revived, I have traveled with a cat since I started RV'ing. At first my cat did not like it. He would poop, piddle, or barf during the travel. He has gotten better, but if I'm on a winding road, he has problems.

My cat is now 15, and as of the last vet exam, he is now starting the slow descent into being CRF. Cats can still live one or a few years being CRF (renal failure). The vet said either he has to come to the vet once a week for fluids, or you sprinkle something called EPAKITIN on it's food. EPAKITIN supposedly slows down the CRF progression by causing the cat to not absorb something or whatever.....

I'm steeling myself for the eventual...... and being thankful for each day it's still alive and doing fine.



When we started fulltiming 10 years ago I had my cat Mikey that was 16 at the time and we lost him to Renal Kidney Failure in the Rio Grande Valley. That was a tough loss but he went pretty quick once it started. I hope your kitty does a lot better. In 10 years we have only been catless for 9 months. After Mikey we got Mj's cat Casey back and he died in Maine from diabetes. We now have Bill and Bob who are 8 ( got them when they were 2 ) and travel great. The love the different places we go ( most of the time ).
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My cat is now 15,


JJ, I was so glad to hear that you still have your kitty. We still have our 15 year old also--soon to be 16. He gave us a scare about this time last year. He lost a lot of weight, but the vet never really found anything wrong. She said his stats weren't just good for a cat his age. they were good for any age cat. He lost about 3 1/2 pounds in 2 months before he leveled off, and he has not put it back on even though he eats well. The vet said she thinks he just lost muscle mass because of his age, and foruntately he has been fine since then.

A few years ago we "met" a cat in a shop in Albuquerque that lived to 21 years old. Hope both of ours will do that well.
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