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Old 12-23-2012, 12:06 AM   #1
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Campers who take cats - need advice

Kevin and I are leaving for FL (Disney and Universal) the day after Xmas. We have a cat who is sick and needs to take medicine for 10 days and may be wearing a cone. We are considering taking her along, instead of leaving her to the cat sitter who will be watching the rest.

What tips can you give us for taking a cat and especially one that has not traveled before?


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Old 12-23-2012, 07:00 AM   #2
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We had cats for years and most of them traveled ok. If I had a choice I would leave it home, especially if it was sick.

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I agree with Harvey, cats do not like to travel as much as dogs do and since you have a house sitter would probably enjoy staying home. If you do decide to take it, bring water and food from home, different water and food will upset your pet.
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If the cat ignores you when you call, then don't take it with you unless you are OK with moving on without it.

If you happen to see a black cat at the Navy Solomon Island Camp Ground in Maryland, let him know we moved on.
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Old 12-23-2012, 05:11 PM   #5
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We are planning to take the cat. What we need are suggestions to make it as successful as possible. We will not let her outside the camper. We bought a harness and leash to hook her up every time we go out, so she will not escape.

She is not sick. She just needs meds for an infected wound on her tail. Our cat sitter will not be able to give the meds to her.

BTW, she is a Munchkin, like a Corgie dog. They are dwarf cats; Ellie has very short front legs.

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Since she's never traveled before, a little Bach's Rescue Remedy in the medicine kit might be a good idea in case she gets nervous.

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I do hope she's microchipped, and that her registration is up-to-date, contacts-wise.

My experience with pets is that no matter how vigilant we are, they can be awfully quick to sense escape routes!

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My dog wears a Walmart-made tag that describes my rig, so that if she wanders when I'm traveling folks have at least a chance to identify the vehicle/trailer she's associated with.

Good luck!

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This really sounds like a recipe for disaster. Cats are not natural travelers. They like home and they like routine. If he scoots out through a partially open door, don't be surprised. The motion of the vehicle is tough on many cats. They have sharp senses, and the speed of stuff going past in the windows is hard on them. Some adapt over time, but this sounds like a one-off event.

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We travelled from So. Cal to Spokane Wa with two cats for years. The first day they were crated but from then on, they were allowed to roam the back seat area. They did not object to travelling at all. Litter, food and water was out for them. The only caution I would offer, for driving safety, be sure they are blocked from the gas/brake area.
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She is microchipped. She rode in the car with us today and was on my lap watching the things out the window. We have cats who pee in the car from the stress; she did not. We have had a cat who panted trumpeted in the back window and foamed at the mouth; she did not. No, she was not at ease as much as a couple of other cats we have traveled with before for miles, but she was purring a great deal of time.

We do have something for her water that is similar to your product, Francesca.

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My cat, Bobby, has travelled with me for the last 5 years. He is 18 years old......so he was a senior when he started. He starts the journey in his cat carrier but once we are down the road he has free range of my vehicle. He doesn't seem to mind. Sometimes he would stand on his hind legs and look out the passenger side window. Or he lays on the arm rest between the driver's seat and the passenger seat. If something upsets him, he goes into his carrier. I have never allowed him to come into the driver's area of the vehicle. We (Bobby and me) drive to Florida every winter.

He is a very well-behaved cat....comes when called and does not get on the furniture in my house. Because I drive an Escape with the back seat down there is room for his carrier, food, water and litter pan in the back.(which, btw, he uses) He does leave realms of cat hair everwhere.<_<
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She is microchipped. She rode in the car with us today and was on my lap watching the things out the window... No, she was not at ease as much as a couple of other cats we have traveled with before for miles, but she was purring a great deal of time.
It sounds to me like you have the situation somewhat under control. We have taken our 11 year old cat for her 1st camp-out this past June. She'd been indoors her whole life after we rescued her off the streets as a kitten. For a long trip I recommend using a crate, secured to a seat-belt or some other restraint. Like yours our cat likes to look out the window, so we strapped the crate on top of a bin, and placed both in the back seat secured with the seat-belt.

We have a "vestibule" space in our trailer since the door is between the refrigerator cabinet and the closet. I made a "baby-gate" out of found material to separate this "vestibule" from the "kitchen" area. When the door is open the "baby-gate" is closed. The cat is not allowed to be in the "vestibule".

Our cat is most comfortable under the bed. She did scent mark which was a pain to clean up, so next time I'm going to line the area with a heavy shower curtain liner before placing the litter pan under there.
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He starts the journey in his cat carrier but once we are down the road he has free range of my vehicle.
This is just my opinion; but I don't shift out of park unless everyone in the car is wearing their seat-belts. Pets included.
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I have heard horror stories about leaving the car running either for heat or air conditioning and leaving the pet in the car and upon your return they get excited to see you and then step on the lock knob which locks the doors, with you out and them in!!! Always take the extra set of keys and leave them in your pocket. Don't ask me how I know this can happen.
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This is just my opinion; but I don't shift out of park unless everyone in the car is wearing their seat-belts. Pets included.
Might be a good idea, who wants a to get hit in the head by a terrorized wounded cat, while in the middle of trying to deal with an accident!

How about the cat getting between you and an airbag...YUK!

When your brake pedal feels squishy and makes a yowling noise,You might have a loose cat onboard!(one good reason to wear shoes while driving)



Tate's cat has it's own camping chair and takes to a leash like a dog, I'm guessing it's well over 20 pounds and very friendly.
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