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Old 12-23-2012, 08:37 PM   #15
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Thanks, guys. I am still leary of this, but it is happening, so it sounds like it stands a chance of working. We picked up a water dish and had a tag with our name and contact info made tonight. We are going to cover the van surfaces with plastic. We bought a large dog crate earlier today; she howled in the smaller crate that we use to take other cats to the groomer but seemed to be OK in the larger one. I just don't want to end up holding her too much on the drive. I had surgery on my elbow a couple of weeks ago. I can't hold her comfortably for long, since she kept standing on my elbow to look out the window.

I think we will try to give her more driving time tomorrow and Xmas Day, so she gets used to it.

We have always talked about having a camping cat. I guess we will be having one or at least a half-sized one .


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Old 12-23-2012, 10:17 PM   #16
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If she becomes car sick or nervous the vetereinarians do carry products for such situations. Acepromazine is one and I think the other is Diazepam. Ask your vet for a few just in case. The cat is microchipped, has tags on it, and will be leashed so hopefully all is covered. A harness instead of a collar would be a better idea, because cats can slip out of their collars, but it would be almost impossible to escape a harness. Keep a leash on at all times and maybe hook the cat's leash to something in the van so she can not get far if she does get out the van door. Another option for travel would be a big enough kennel for bed, food, water and sand box all in one location. If kenneled in a big enough kennel she can roam a bit, and still be escape proof (hopefully).
Have a safe and happy trip.
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Old 12-23-2012, 10:27 PM   #17
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We bought a harness today that she seems not to be able to get out of, as well as a leash that we will hook to keep her from jumping out. Happily, as a low rider, she can't jump like full-sized cats.

I suspect she will enjoy the trip. She does not get along with any of our other cats. This gives her a chance to be away from them.

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Old 12-24-2012, 07:29 AM   #18
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Plus, she will get to sit on me everyday, which is her favorite thing!
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:26 AM   #19
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We travelled about 15,000 miles in a trip with one of our cats
_ the other one was killed by stray dogs while we were camped in San Antonio. They were crated most of that time, anchored between the seats of our pick-up so that they could look out the window and they were fine. Collars and harnesses when we were stopped worked well and while sometimes the bed was a little crowded, they were a lot happier on the road with us that they have been when we left them behind, even with a full=time caregiver. Enjoy the trip and the cat.
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Old 12-24-2012, 08:36 AM   #20
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We have had occasions to take a cat on a long trip, 3 separate times and a different cat each time. Each cat acclimated after 100 miles or so.
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The 100 mile mark that Mike mentioned is a good idea. Katie and Casey Cats always did yowl a bit for the first 20 minutes - after that they settled down and enjoyed the experience. What is not to like? Trapping the ones you like the most in an enclosed area?
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Old 12-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #22
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Our Camping Cat experience

We have a cat that became a camping cat at age 6 weeks. Jerry will be 7 in April and has traveled many times to other states. He is a fantastic traveler - loves to look out the windows while traveling, uses his litter box and will eat and drink while we are driving.

He has always worn a harness and is on a leash always when we travel - which works well.. but honestly, a cat can get out of anything. We always make sure we never get in front of him while in his harness. A cat will just stop- and back up and out he comes - harness on the ground and it's not a good thing to have to try get him/her back. Jerry has backed up out of several different harnesses - the one we have now seems to work but we still never get in front of him.

Having your cat along can be fun, but we never leave the car running when we aren't in it. If we want to eat, if it's too hot out and we can't leave the windows open a little for air for Jerry, then we go somewhere where we can eat in the car. We also use a small stroller for him - makes it easier for us to enjoy sight seeing.

My only concern for your trip is what will you do with your cat while you enjoy Disney, Universal etc? Leaving a pet in a trailer would be the best, but a few trips back to the trailer to check would be good.

Have a fun time and enjoy traveling with your cat.
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Ellie will stay in the trailer while we are gone. Likely, to be honest, she will probably be in the trailer all the time, even when we are in the screenhouse. She has never been an outdoor cat.

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Old 12-28-2012, 09:16 PM   #24
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Just thought I would update you. After a few miles of meowing and one accident, Ellie is loving camping. She watches out the windows while driving, although I wish she would settle down when she is on my lap and stop wiggling. She seems to know though when I have had enough and stays back with the suitcases for a while.
In the camper, she burrows under the blankets when we are gone, and comes out to keep us up at night . I had a huge panic the first time she was left alone in the camper; I called and she did not come out. One of the lumps in the covers moved though .

It is working out much better than I thought it would. In fact, we may have created a permanent situation.

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Wink Ellie

That's fantastic. We enjoy taking Jerry with us and it sounds like Ellie will be a perfect camping cat for you too.

Have fun on your trip.

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Good news! It is so nice not to leave our pets behind! Have a great trip.
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Cat litter on the floor is making me nuts though. We had to rearrange the camper on this trip to adjust for my recent elbow surgery. We have the front bed and bunk set up. We forgot that my vacuum is under the front bunk seat. And Ellie decided that since we left her alone all day yesterday while we were at Disney, she should be played with all night .

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Cat litter on the floor is making me nuts though. We had to rearrange the camper on this trip to adjust for my recent elbow surgery. We have the front bed and bunk set up. We forgot that my vacuum is under the front bunk seat. And Ellie decided that since we left her alone all day yesterday while we were at Disney, she should be played with all night .

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Does the box have a lid? That directs spill to one spot and then , under the litterbox opening, to catch sand when Ellie climbs out a carpet square near the box opening helps a lot - the you can take it outside to shake it out. No cure for the all night! I've been there!
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