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Old 01-05-2015, 03:58 PM   #1
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Anyone travel and camp with cats?

Was wondering how many people travel and camp with their pet cat. We have a sociable cat and don't like leaving her home while we're gone. Any advice from people on this forum who do this?

Thanks in advance for your input.

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Did that. On one trip the cat walked around all nite, looking out the windowes making it somewhat dificult to sleep.

On another ocassion a Black One (Spot) got out and as you know, most cats dont come when called so Spot remained at the Navy Campground in Solomins Island, Maryland.
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Old 01-05-2015, 05:04 PM   #3
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Our cat is trained on a leash and we have taken him camping a few times now. He loves all the attention and has a good time even with some friends dogs. He has found his favorite place in the upper cabinet above the bed and the side table(has a great view).
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We use to take our 20lb Main Coon cat when we had our 36' three slide 5er. But after we got our Scamp we started leaving him at home.
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There are a few members here who have cats they travel with and many of them walk them around on leashes.
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Thanks folks. I'm glad to hear some have successful camps - a leash would be a good idea for sure. Rick and I plan to see if Chloe will take to one. Hope so - I've seen a pretty funny video of a cat on youtube who decided their legs don't work when a harness is snapped on.
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Every cat has its own personality.

We have friends who have a 22 pound long haired gray cat who responds well to a leash and has camped for years with them. It has its own folding chair and sits quietly around the campfire with the group. It is friendly and responds well to everyone, to the point of having celebrity status.

We once had a cat (Siamese)which was mean and stupid, hated even the people who fed it and tried to escape at every chance!
I sure wish we had taken it on a camping trip several hundred miles from home!
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We travel with 3 cats and have for years. They are 19 yrs old, 16 yrs old, and about 8. They are not leash/harness
trained. We purchased a collapsible cat tent off Amazon (ABO Gear Happy Habitat) and they love to spend time in it at campsites. We have a 13' Scamp and have taken them to Alaska, as well as many other thousands of miles.

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Just got back from FL with 3 cats who went with us.

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We once had a cat (Siamese)which was mean and stupid, hated even the people who fed it and tried to escape at every chance!
I sure wish we had taken it on a camping trip several hundred miles from home![/QUOTE]

Good one Floyd, I had one cat of many that would have fit that trip too.
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Old 01-10-2015, 07:43 AM   #11
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Mookie-wilson travels with us everywhere we go and has been from coast to coast here in Canada. We organize EggFestOntario every May and MW is always in attendance to supervise. We too have a collapsible canvas cage for him if there is too much activity around, otherwise he enjoys sitting outside meeting other campers on his lead. When he's had enough he heads to the boler door and loudly asks to go in for his nap! His god-parents live in Nova Scotia so this Ontario cat has to head that way now and then. In the car, he lies in the back seat and whines off and on because he doesn't much care for the car ride getting anywhere, but once there settles right in.
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As CindyL noted, we now travel with 3 cats. They are Munchkins (short legs), so they seem just right in the VT. They are not leash-trained and never go outside. They travel well in our VW Eurovan, sharing time between their pet carriers and free range roaming in the back. We have a van litter box and a trailer litter box, so we don't have to transfer one when we stop to camp. I only transfer their food and water. It is interesting sharing space with them in the trailer, but they settle down well. Our biggest concern is stopping too long for lunch when it's hot, so we keep lunch times short on the road. We also always run our trailer AC/vent in the warmer temps to keep the air cool in the trailer while we are off sightseeing. We just got back from 12 days to s. Florida and things went very well. If we do need a motel stop, we stay at LaQuinta Inns since they are one of the few chains that allows cats.
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Hearing some positive stories - thanks for sharing - Chloe may just get a harness and lead for a trial camp this summer - we will be super careful!!

I like the picture of Mookie-Wilson! What part of Nova Scotia do you visit?
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Hearing some positive stories - thanks for sharing - Chloe may just get a harness and lead for a trial camp this summer - we will be super careful!!

I like the picture of Mookie-Wilson! What part of Nova Scotia do you visit?
We have friends just outside of Halifax, in Kingston, near Sable River, in Truro and Tatamagouche. One of our favourite campgrounds is just outside of Tat.
Pauls favourite Coconut Cream Pie is in New Brunswick on the way down to NS, so we have travelled that way a lot. Unfortunately we don't go too far from home right now due to health issues but some of our eastern friends come to EggFest in Grafton in May so we still get to see them.

If there are dogs running around or a lot of machinery etc Mookie either goes in his pop-up cage or inside the trailer. We almost lost him in Quebec once when a loud crashing noise sent him into a tizzy and he was out of his harness and gone in seconds. Fortunately after an hour search we discovered him hidden (black cats can hide very nicely) under a pile of lumber. So yes, we are very careful when he is out on his harness. I usually get him out for a "stretch" when I get up early in the morning before anyone else is out and about, again being very careful and never far from the trailer.

We take a few peanuts in the shell if we are in the provincial parks, put him in his cage and spread the peanuts out for chipmunks or red squirrels a few feet away to keep him occupied but not close enough to scare the wild-life.

Happy camping and we hope Chloe enjoys the experience. Mookie was 4 when we rescued him, so we didn't get a chance to start him young which is the best way. By the way if Chloe doesn't like the car travel part, there is an herbal tincture that helps calm them down. Our previous cat hated the car part and used to drool and hyperventilate, so we went that route and combined with short trips for the first few, it worked.
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