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Old 01-19-2009, 10:41 PM   #15
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Try a little training for the "just in case time". Use a word like "treat" and give him a moist snack or something that he really likes. Then if he should accidently get out the door of the trailer and is huddled behind the wheels, you can use "treat" to help bribe him into coming within arms reach. Carol and Jim use a stroller and tunnel type toy to keep Jerry safe and yet outside. I have used an figure eight halter and leash for one cat who loved to be outside. Pets are a worry but they are also a lot of company on the road.
LOL, it is funny, that little guy would NEVER eat people food or even wet cat food. Only his crunchies. The night before he went to his new home I had steak with sauteed mushrooms, he LOVED the mushrooms, ate about six of them. He won't eat treats, the only think I have found that he will eat is sauteed mushrooms, weirdo! Guess I could keep some sauteed just in case...LOL
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:25 PM   #16
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I wanted to leave him a couple more days, but they refuse and are freaking out with worry, they don't want to kill my cat. I also thought a week was minimal for him to adjust, but they won't have it, total anquish on their face. I am hoping tonight he will come out a bit and they may change their minds, but I doubt it...we'll see. I will take him on the road, I am mostly worried about him getting out in a wilderness spot and me not being able to find him. I have always had indoor only cats, but there are always slip ups, the thought freaks me out.
If he isn't microchipped, get it done, then at least if he gets lost and found you have a chance of getting him back. And I'd teach him to like a crate. Put treats inside, and a heated bed, and he'll like it- don't shut him in until you have to, just make it an attractive place to sleep. Then when you need to, such as when you are setting up a campsite, you can close him in safely.
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Old 01-19-2009, 11:56 PM   #17
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Monica, Cindy is right, he needs to eat. He could get Feline Hepatic Lipidosis, aka, fatty liver disease. I personally would go get him and make sure he is eating again. Then maybe if they are willing take a second try.They could try locking him up in a bathroom with his favorite food, a soft bed, a few toys, and litter box. Limiting their space can help them when they are so scared.

The idea of camping with a cat freaks me out too. I know lots of people do it but with my inside cats it would scare me too much. If you are going to take him get him accustomed to a snug harness. Find the kind that he can't back out of, possibly a small dog one or one of these http://www.metpet.com/. I have had good luck with the walking jackets but Carol says Jerry can get out of one.

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Old 01-20-2009, 12:41 AM   #18
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Jerry does have a walking jacket but that little guy can back right out of it. The secret is to put a harness or walking jacket on the cat, use a leash, but never get ahead of the cat. All Jerry has to do is stop behind us, back up and out he goes. He is use to the harness and leash so that does make it a lot easier... we just never get in front of him. We mostly use the stroller, which he loves .. that's his safe place (with a harness and leash).

We've tried several types of harnesses... Here's Jerry in another type of walking harness.
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Old 01-20-2009, 09:42 PM   #19
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Well, he is home now, I am petting him. I have thought of a harness, but I don't want him to Want to go outside, so not to train him to like it. He ate good, drank a lot of water and has used the litter box for both movements. He hasn't purred yet, but is making little cute sounds when I pet him, almost heart breaking love sounds. He is home and will stay with me, I am apparently his momma and that is as is, what can we do. I am doing my best, he is my "bouy".
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Old 01-20-2009, 10:48 PM   #20
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I'm glad he is doing well. As for the harness it's not necessary that he go to the big outside. He can wear it while you travel as a security measure to keep him from getting away from you.

What kind of trailer do you have? Could you make him a small enclosure in one of the corners where he would be safe and secure while you go in and out?
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:02 PM   #21
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I'm glad he is doing well. As for the harness it's not necessary that he go to the big outside. He can wear it while you travel as a security measure to keep him from getting away from you.

What kind of trailer do you have? Could you make him a small enclosure in one of the corners where he would be safe and secure while you go in and out?
I don't have the trailer yet, waiting on the money to come thru, but I plan on a 16, 17' Casita or Scamp, Casita preferably. Money should come in about a month, then hope to buy within two weeks of that and be on the road byt the end of Feb. Don't know about enclosures or much yet, but he is obviously my boy and I have "no choice" but take him. Guess all in all, kinda glad he doesn't want anyone else...LOL, but it will work, all things do happen for a reason. He is my boy!
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:23 PM   #22
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Then when you need to, such as when you are setting up a campsite, you can close him in safely.
These are words of wisdom. My cat rides in his crate in the car, and he stays there, in the car, until I am ready to move myself into the trailer. After camp is set up, I bring his crate into the rig and set it on the now not so useless rear seat in the back dinette. Thats where it lives. He comes out and his pad is on top of the crate.. thats where he sits mostly, looking out the window.

Even if you won't be walking him, get a harness anyway and ALWAYS make sure he is wearing it. I don't use it for walking so much as it is a fine "handle" to grab onto when you finally get close enough to grab him. No fur slip!

My little rat has escaped twice. Once, he slipped the door when I didn't get it closed right and he happily crawled up a tree right next to the trailer. Fortunately, it was at a rally and he was outnumbered. Easily snagged.

The second.. you MUST always be aware of little escape routes.. I left the screen slid back above the open kitchen window after running a line outside through it. A group of us were sitting by the fire one nite, and I caught what I thought was a rabbit out of the corner of my eye. I had two Beagles with me at the time. "Odd.. my dogs have no interest in the bunny.. wait.. thats NOT a bunny, it's my cat!"

He was visiting his dogs and was easy to grab.
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Old 01-20-2009, 11:31 PM   #23
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If you are travelling with a pet you might want to consider a safety harness. Protects you both if your pet goes flying. Many also serve as walking harnesses. One for a small dog might work for a cat. There are lots of them on the market, find one that works best for you. Most pet stores will let you try them on before you buy.

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http://www.petstreetmall.com/Pet-Vehicle-S...ess-/7367/2723/
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Old 01-21-2009, 09:22 AM   #24
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Another thing to think about when getting a harness, is too get one that the bands that go around the belly and the neck are adjustable.

I tried a small dog harness, they just don't fit a cat.

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Well, he is home now, I am petting him. I have thought of a harness, but I don't want him to Want to go outside, so not to train him to like it. He ate good, drank a lot of water and has used the litter box for both movements. He hasn't purred yet, but is making little cute sounds when I pet him, almost heart breaking love sounds. He is home and will stay with me, I am apparently his momma and that is as is, what can we do. I am doing my best, he is my "bouy".
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We found the best halter for our cats were small dog figure eight. The whole body piece that goes around the body and neck are one piece so moves as the cat moves and makes it harder for the cat to back out of or slide from.
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Old 01-21-2009, 05:22 PM   #26
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Here's something you might want to look into, now that you're bringing him along:

There's a fellow named Sebastian who posts here (and has a blog), and he brings two cats with him while full-timing in (I think) a 16' or 17' Casita. One thing that I thought was neat was that he made an "outdoor viewing room" for his cats that is basically a screened box that slips into one of the windows and then projects out into the outdoors. Thus the cats get to be outside, yet are actually inside. I believe he removes it for traveling, then sets it up once he's settling into a new place.

If you look up his profile, It gives you a way to contact him and also links to his blog. I'm not going to post the link here, becuase I think searching profiles might be limited to members, and if so I don't want to post it for any non-members reading here (although if you are a non-member of course you are welcome to join!). But if you go to "Member List" and search on "Sebastian" you will find his profile.

His blog is great reading, especially if you have cats or are an active outdoors-person. I know I've enjoyed it.

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Old 01-21-2009, 06:07 PM   #27
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Great idea Raya. I've thought about making a cat window if I ever take a cat. I've seen them made out of an old window AC case. You can cut the vent sections out and rivet hardware cloth or Plexiglas in the holes. You can also box it in and use a cat door for them to enter it. I had considered the idea of using one for the litter box so it wouldn't take up trailer floor space.

I couldn't find the picture I was thinking of but it kind of looks like this;
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