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Old 09-09-2015, 10:05 AM   #15
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Re: no standard for restraints for pets- yes, I am aware. The lack of adequate, safe restraints for cats is unfortunate. Lots for dogs, but not appropriate for cats. I had to go with what feels right to me, and minimizes driver distraction, a big deal for me.
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Old 09-09-2015, 10:18 AM   #16
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I would not restrain any animal with a harness in a moving car. I have heard of too many dogs who end up dying of broken necks. The harness stops the body but not the head so....My plan is cat in the carrier, carrier belted in. My dog rides on the front seat or front floor, so I usually do the soccer mom arm extended save. I know this is not for everyone and I do not expect it to be so, I am sharing what works for me.
I suspect my old man is too old for leash training, but might try it in the future.

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Old 09-09-2015, 10:57 AM   #17
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The lack of adequate, safe restraints for cats is unfortunate. Lots for dogs, but not appropriate for cats.
The point is that there may be restraints for dogs, but they are not tested and many do more damage than they prevent.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:04 PM   #18
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No problem, every pet and every driver have individual preferences. Thanks everyone for sharing what works for you. Now I'm off to take my old man for a car ride.

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Old 10-17-2015, 09:10 PM   #19
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Hi,

I'm planing on full timing it and suddenly have a cat. I figure he'll full time with me. Although I won't be going anywhere for the first year but will live locally at RV parks as I can until I move. Still, the cat is at the kennel for the next two weeks and will see how finding, purchasing and moving into a trailer in a weekend when I come back works out.

Thing is, I'm staying at a motel now and cats aren't allowed. I was planning to move into the future RV when I got it but, now I have to move out anyways.

Glad to read this thread and realize that a cat can stay in an RV. Heck, if dogs and people do, why not kitties? Thank you again.

edit to add: I got a carrier that can be seat belted in. Safety for driver without distractions is safety for all, right?
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Old 10-18-2015, 12:23 AM   #20
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It is a good idea to have a note signed by you attached to the pet carrier that says a vet can perform surgery or give needed care to your pet if you should be injured and someone else takes your (maybe injured) pet. Can include description, age and home vet. Same inside trailer.
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Old 10-18-2015, 07:32 AM   #21
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Cats can stay in La Quinta Inns. We always stay in these hotels when we are traveling with our cats.

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Old 10-18-2015, 07:36 AM   #22
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First, I love pets, I have had every kind from dogs, to cats to birds to a few hamsters BUT......


Keep in mind that having a pet while travelling will mandate that the pets needs and care will control, to some extent, almost everything else you might want to do.


In many areas/seasons it will require heating and/or air conditioning, even when you are away from the trailer, which means power hook-ups, food and sanitary services have to be provided and, on occasion, pets do manage to get lost all by themselves.


Pets can be incredible companions, but there is also a liability that comes alone with that comfort.
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Old 10-18-2015, 11:32 AM   #23
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Interesting topic! We have two pug dogs, mother Nimble and daughter Cinder (Cinderella), ages 12 and 7. When we got our tow vehicle (TV) part of what we were looking for was something that allowed us to put in two matching dog crates so they'd be as safe as we could manage. We keep leads next to the doors, doggy bags in the little bins on top...adding our contact into etc. to the crates is an excellent idea and we'll do it today. Our Dodge Grand Caravan lets us fold down all the seats, and there are D rings in the floor so we're able to strap each carrier securely and we have room between them for a fabric bin, where I keep my purse, neck pillow, sweater, hat, etc. for easy grabbing. The girls were already crate-trained (from puppyhood) and learned quickly to leap up into the car and go inside their own crate. Once we had to help Cinder out of the fabric bin because she made a shortcut through the van instead of around to her own side and got stuck. We give them special treats in the crates, have special pillows with 2 layers of washable covers for them in there, and while NOW it's super, they go in, eat their small treat, and fall asleep--at first they howled--the first trip they howled for four hours. Then Cinder gave it up, but Nimble continued for nearly another 3. The next trip, it was only an hour or so, now only Nimble makes any noise, and only for a few moments at first. They do cry if one of us leaves the van, though, they want the pack together. When we stop, we have a foldable exercise pen (xpen) with a carry bag, and we have some carabiners to clip a light blanket to the floor, over the top, or both depending on ground surface and sunlight. Traveling with the girls means we cannot both go into a restaurant most of the time, or museums, or special outings, or anything where they'd be left alone for more than a couple of minutes. We know people who travel with their cats in better-equipped rigs, leave on the air conditioning or heat, and so far all has gone very well...our rig's system is more basic, so we've decided simply to live a dog's life ourselves, and enjoy all we can with them while we have them. We can see museums and eat out at other times, in other years--or not.
We really do love these girls, have lost other dogs over the years so we know they won't last forever, and if we give up some things for their sakes, it's worth it to us, though we know people who think we're just dog-gone nuts!
Traveling with your pet(s)--we like it.
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Old 10-18-2015, 01:53 PM   #24
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Cats can stay in La Quinta Inns. We always stay in these hotels when we are traveling with our cats.

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La Quinta inns are out of my price range for monthly rent.

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Old 10-18-2015, 01:58 PM   #25
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First, I love pets, I have had every kind from dogs, to cats to birds to a few hamsters BUT......


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Pets can be incredible companions, but there is also a liability that comes alone with that comfort.
Yes, just like at home, (which the RV will be in my case.)

I've been traveling for work for over 8 years and when I was sent to Alaska in the winter I did not bring my cats of the time with due to the weather and time of year. It would've been cruel to have my Texas cats locked in a kennel and traveling for over 12 hours through multiple flight transfers and sitting in the cold area in the north while flying to where is was -20 when we landed.

However, having a cat live with me, as I live in the trailer here in the lower 48 seems worth considering. He is a rescue that I ended up getting Friday night in order to rescue him from sitting near a parking lot, near a highway but a busy restaurant as people walked by him for three hours. I'm willing to try...however, just having a cat right now is a whole other story.
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Thank you for rescuing it. Our cats are all rescues.

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Old 10-19-2015, 10:40 PM   #27
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Our kitty loves her fiberglass rv! We don't full time but she seems to enjoy coming with us when we go camping. So far we keep her in a harness and leash when outdoors. We leave our pop top up and leave her inside when we go sightseeing. She always seems happy to go with us and seems to enjoy birdwatching out the windows when we leave her in camp.
I bet your kitty will too


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Old 10-20-2015, 07:30 AM   #28
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I'm optimistic about this. In my situation the camper I am looking at getting has bunks, (vertical space for use as a shelf, bunk or kitty level,) and it also has a ledge all the way around the trailer so that is even better for more vertical space for cat and me.

The place I'm looking to park it mainly should be fun viewing for him and seeing as he is already a people friendly outdoorsy cat I will get him a harness and leash to so he can stretch his legs for outdoor walks. !

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