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Old 03-08-2007, 01:45 PM   #29
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First thanks all, this thread has been really helpful to us, as we are planning to try camping with our aging cat and aging dog this spring. Secondly, I have a few questions for you kind posters:
1) Where can we find a Fantastic Fan with thermostat? Our trailer supply guy doesn't have one with a thermostat.
2) Could you explain how to make the cooling pad?
3) Our cat is a pretty well trained indoor-outdoor cat (In summer she uses the great outdoors, and in winter pretty much sticks to her box.) What would you recommend as a toileting system that wouldn't smell up the trailer and get kitty litter all over the floor?) Maybe putting the box outside??
thanks, Jess N.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:10 PM   #30
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We really like Feline Pine for cat litter, it beats clay or scoopable litters in most ways. It is made of compressed pine sawdust that looks like the pellets people use in their pellet stoves. While the directions say to put an inch of fresh pellets in the box, and its then good for a month (because it expands alot when wet), I found that in small quarters like the Scamp its just as easy to wait a few minutes after the cat is through and then I use a miniature plastic dustpan to "scoop" the damp sawdust out of the box. If you give the box a firm couple shakes, the dry pellets rise to the top and you can push them aside to scoop up any more damp stuff off the bottom. Advantages: NO ODOR WHATSOEVER, even when you don't bother scooping; NO DUST; NO TRACKING OF LITTER OUT OF BOX (for some reason the pine pellets and even the damp sawdust do not seem to cling to the cat's paws); COMPLETELY BIODEGRABLE (can bury it or burn used litter in campfire after removing solids, of course, and after done cooking over it!).

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First thanks all, this thread has been really helpful to us, as we are planning to try camping with our aging cat and aging dog this spring. Secondly, I have a few questions for you kind posters:
1) Where can we find a Fantastic Fan with thermostat? Our trailer supply guy doesn't have one with a thermostat.
2) Could you explain how to make the cooling pad?
3) Our cat is a pretty well trained indoor-outdoor cat (In summer she uses the great outdoors, and in winter pretty much sticks to her box.) What would you recommend as a toileting system that wouldn't smell up the trailer and get kitty litter all over the floor?) Maybe putting the box outside??
thanks, Jess N.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:19 PM   #31
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First thanks all, this thread has been really helpful to us, as we are planning to try camping with our aging cat and aging dog this spring. Secondly, I have a few questions for you kind posters:
1) Where can we find a Fantastic Fan with thermostat? Our trailer supply guy doesn't have one with a thermostat.
2) Could you explain how to make the cooling pad?
3) Our cat is a pretty well trained indoor-outdoor cat (In summer she uses the great outdoors, and in winter pretty much sticks to her box.) What would you recommend as a toileting system that wouldn't smell up the trailer and get kitty litter all over the floor?) Maybe putting the box outside??
thanks, Jess N.
WE purchased our fan from Camping World when they had a sale and the cooling mats are special materials and purchased from PetSmart.
A friend of our travels with her aged cat and has a small dog house with a light bulb in it for cooler weather. She puts this outside in an exercise pen with a top. Of course, this is only when she isnt in the trailer with her owner.
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Old 03-08-2007, 02:47 PM   #32
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1) Where can we find a Fantastic Fan with thermostat? Our trailer supply guy doesn't have one with a thermostat.
We got our Fantastic Fan from Adohen Supply, and were really happy with all the choices they offer. The high profile base option is recommended for trailers with thin ceilings like ours - it means the fan will be more flush with the ceiling rather than lower than it. Plus, they seem to always have a sale going on!

I do have a question... I've heard a few people mention that their Fantastic Fan with the thermostat was perfect for when they leave their pet alone inside their trailer, but is this really any better than just turning on a Fantastic Fan that doesn't have a thermostat?

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Old 03-10-2007, 11:26 AM   #33
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We got our Fantastic Fan from Adohen Supply, and were really happy with all the choices they offer. The high profile base option is recommended for trailers with thin ceilings like ours - it means the fan will be more flush with the ceiling rather than lower than it. Plus, they seem to always have a sale going on!

I do have a question... I've heard a few people mention that their Fantastic Fan with the thermostat was perfect for when they leave their pet alone inside their trailer, but is this really any better than just turning on a Fantastic Fan that doesn't have a thermostat?

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Hi Jeanne,

We have the fantastic fan, no thermostat. I suppose it would be handy to have the thermostat but when we leave our trailer, and it's at all warm outside, we just leave the fan running. Then when we return the trailer isn't all hot and stuffy. The fan uses very little power so it's not much of a drain on the battery. We have solar panels though so it's not an issue.

One note though, if you go camping where its really hot (like we did last summer on a southwest tour - 100+ degrees) then the fantastic fan won't be enough to cool down your trailer for your pooch. Just like we wouldn't leave a pet/child in a car in the sun even with the windows cracked.

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Old 03-13-2007, 07:24 PM   #34
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Found an add for the cooling pad that I mentioned earlier.

www.inthecompanyofdogs.com

Im sure they are available at many other dealers but Ive included a picture.
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Old 03-13-2007, 11:57 PM   #35
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I had a cat that would overheat frequently. Didn't have ANYTHING to do with his bulky 27lbs.. Nope...

eh, hem.. anyway, I would freeze water in giant ziplock bags and lay them on the floor with a towel over them. He would crawl onto them and purr furriously.

For those with older or arthritic pups (I have one that is both) here is an item I saw in a Bed Bath and Beyond, beleive it or not. I have never bought an "As Seen On TV" item before, but I thought this was a great idea, and she loves it. It's a snap together frame, weighs nothing (You can lift it with one finger, but it's VERY sturdy) with a sheepskin cover that fits it perfectly, and gives her good footing, properly spaced.

During the day, it goes next to MY steps outside, as this 17 is taller than my 13 was, and she can't make it up the one step.

Fuzzy stairs, 20 bones.
Happy dog that made it to the bed on her own without Mom pushing her up... Priceless.

(And it looks pretty nice in here too)
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Old 03-14-2007, 01:00 AM   #36
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Gina,

Is she smiling in the picture?

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Yes. The queen is pleased

and why not? I bought her a new palace that she can romp in better. She allows her brother in too, and they don't crowd in here.

Jeane! Note the new water bowl. A great investment. I don't get out of bed and step on a soggy floor anymore! Picked it up at Wally World.
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Old 03-14-2007, 08:31 AM   #38
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For campgrounds where they let us do it, we tie a high line between two trees and use a carabiner to hook the dog's leash onto it. The carabiner slides nicely along the line, so Kerry can have a 15-30 foot run without any risk of tangling her leash.

Kerry is accustomed to sleeping in a plastic crate at home, and when we travel she's happy to ride in it in the back of the van. When the campfire is dying down and sleepy time comes, we just say "go to your room" and she hops into her crate for the night.

A well-anchored crate, by the way, is probably the safest place for a pet to travel.
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Happy dog that made it to the bed on her own without Mom pushing her up... Priceless.
I think dogs are so much happier when they can be independent. Your stairs look like a perfect solution Gina!

Cheryl, thanks for posting the photo of your dog's cooling pad. I never knew something like that existed!

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