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Old 10-20-2015, 08:35 AM   #29
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Our 3 cats that camp with us don't go outside. I sometimes feel guilty, as the Uhaul does not give them much space to run around, but then, we are only on the road around 3 weeks at a time, so it is not bad. When we do retire and spend longer times on the road, we hope to have a larger camper.

We have Munchkin cats. It is really hard to find harnesses that fit them. Frankly, we have not found harnesses, but I gave up several years ago trying to make the oldest one walk on a leash. I think that we could find something today if we wanted to.

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Our 3 cats that camp with us don't go outside. I sometimes feel guilty, as the Uhaul does not give them much space to run around, but then, we are only on the road around 3 weeks at a time, so it is not bad. When we do retire and spend longer times on the road, we hope to have a larger camper.

We have Munchkin cats. It is really hard to find harnesses that fit them. Frankly, we have not found harnesses, but I gave up several years ago trying to make the oldest one walk on a leash. I think that we could find something today if we wanted to.

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Oh yes, a harness is only if the cat wants too! I have had a couple of cats in the past that were harness types and some that thought it was the most rudest thing ever!

I've heard that vertical space counts for cats so any up and down is a level to them, right? Floor to cushion, floor to table and up to any ledges.

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Sure, but it should not be a problem for you since you plan to take your cat for walks.

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Old 10-31-2015, 08:48 PM   #32
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So far, good to know my accidental rescue cat will wear a harness, (much better than he will put up with a carrier.

He is a major lap magnet and affectionate little guy. I'll see if I can add his picture.

I think he will do just fine in the camper I am looking to get, (especially so because of vertical height with bunks and a ledge that I see the Trillium 4500s have.
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Old 11-01-2015, 01:08 AM   #33
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Here's a report on our trip. My old cat was a better traveler than my dog(he shakes and drools). My cat accepted the harness and by the end of our trip would lay outside the camper, tethered of course. He walked from the truck to the camper and was content inside. There were a couple "yowly" days and I told him to 'not look out the window if it upsets you'. After which he didn't and curled up to nap. He spent two or three days on my lap, otherwise he would curl up in a spot and relax. It was a joy to have him go with me and I look forward to more in the future for as long as he is with me. Thanks everyone for your help.

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Old 11-01-2015, 01:58 AM   #34
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So far (3 trips) our 11 yr old cat just finds a corner on the bed in our 16' Scamp and sleeps; no problem as we keep the bed down and made always. When I put her harness on, she looks at me to ask "Why are you punishing me?). Since she has never tried to get out, I am not going to worry. When we have tried to walk her or even tie her on a run, she finds a tree or a stump and digs a hole getting all dirty. I brush her and get most dirt out-but I am so tempted to wash her; if I did that she would really hate the harness and me that much more. So she stays inside, but wears a collar with tags just in case. When someone wants a peek-thru, they are not aware of her because she is beneath a pillow or a folded blanket. Cheers, Carol
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Interesting thread as I've had a number of cats over the years, yup, they owned me but none of them wanted to have anything to do with a leash. Ended up leaving them home and having a neighbor check and feed them every day. Can't say they were happy to see us when we got back.....cat owners know what I'm saying. For those than don't know, you get back and your pet sits with it's back to you with no welcome , plug in any thoughts you may have to what they were thinking about you for being gone....x rated for sure. Really have to give a big thumbs up to the folks that can travel with their pets.
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Interesting thread as I've had a number of cats over the years, yup, they owned me but none of them wanted to have anything to do with a leash. Ended up leaving them home and having a neighbor check and feed them every day. Can't say they were happy to see us when we got back.....cat owners know what I'm saying. For those than don't know, you get back and your pet sits with it's back to you with no welcome , plug in any thoughts you may have to what they were thinking about you for being gone....x rated for sure. Really have to give a big thumbs up to the folks that can travel with their pets.
With my former kitty cat crew I used to have a pet sitter or neighbor go by twice a day to check on them and feed them. It isn't the same though and I know what you mean.

My new 'accidental' rescue I got on the 16th of October and ended up boarding him in a kennel for 12 days due to work and travel and oh boy did this affect him in just a couple things. One is that he is a super lap manget as compared to our one night before where he was happy to lay at my feet and two is that they let him free feed, (after having been a stray and then kenneled,) and he sure liked it, ate 3 lbs of food in 12 days. He was 7.7 lbs when I took him in. I think 3 lbs of food in 12 days could be too much.

We are getting acclimated and bonding. He is relaxing with both food and lap.

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p.s. maybe that is why he wears his harness okay? Not sure.
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While I've been looking around on youtube about full time rv living I notice several posters have a cat, some have more than one.

Looks more possible.

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Oh, I think it's very possible, and easier on you both if your cat will wear a harness. I just feel it's safer for my "old man" go be tethered, we can both relax. The best part of our trip was having him with me. I keep telling him to stay healthy so we can full time together in the fall. And yes, having him along means I do some things differently, but most of that is how I like to live anyway. What my animals add to my life is far worth any adjustments I make for them.

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Interesting thread as I've had a number of cats over the years, .... Ended up leaving them home and having a neighbor check and feed them every day. Can't say they were happy to see us when we got back.....cat owners know what I'm saying.
We were gone for a week, and our two were ecstatic to see us come home. They acted like two year olds, dashing through the house, meowing, hyper as can be. You'd have thought we came home smelling like steaks.
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I've had cats run to meet me at the door. Literally grab me around the neck and rub frantically against my face. Most are anything but distant, ....

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Pretty cat. He looks like one of ours that does not camp with us. Someday, when the old cats pass, and we are retired and hopefully have a larger camper, the others will probably become campers with us too. No, that won't work. One of the big ones picks on one of the little ones. Can't keep them together. Our house right now is divided by gates all over, as we have 3 that do not get along.

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Pretty cat. He looks like one of ours that does not camp with us. Someday, when the old cats pass, and we are retired and hopefully have a larger camper, the others will probably become campers with us too. No, that won't work. One of the big ones picks on one of the little ones. Can't keep them together. Our house right now is divided by gates all over, as we have 3 that do not get along.

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Oh dear. I know what that is like.

How about returning to cat integration basics, 101. At any point if integration backfires, slow down or return to the start all over again.

Seems like they've likely got a good history with not getting along and into turf wars.

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