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Old 03-31-2013, 03:46 PM   #1
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Hi all you FGRVers. We just bought an EggCamper in Grandville, MI and are awaiting delivery in May. We are looking forward to hitting the road. The only dilemma is our 2 Siamese cats, Jazz and Blues. We have a great cat sitter who stops by once a day, but the kitties still get lonely. And so far the longest we have left them is two weeks. We hope to take more and longer trips in the future. We have discussed taking them with us and my husband has strong reservations. We do take J & B to our cabin in Canada. They are not fond of the long trip, but enjoy being there with us. They are strictly indoor cats at home, but we have been successful taking them for walks around the cabin with harness and leash. I would appreciate hearing about pros and cons and any experiences you would like to share about FGRVing with felines. Thanks
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Old 03-31-2013, 04:32 PM   #2
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We chanced taking our Munchkin (dwarf cat) at Xmas. It was fine, and so fine that we will be taking her again in the future. She did not like riding in the car a lot but it was tolerable. We kept her in a large dog carrier in the car, equipped with water and a litter pan. We let her out periodically. She often just laid down. Watching out the window seemed to be fine for her. The only issue we had was that we had lizard rescues in the car that she chased until we would finally shut her in the carrier.

In the camper, she jumped from bed to bed and slept with me (Kevin slept separately for this trip due to my recent elbow surgery.) She loved it, and it was fun (for the most part) for us. Every time we opened the door, we checked for her, but in truth, when the door opened, she ran away from it.

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In 2010 we travelled 25,000 kilometres in our Burro, and for most of that time (4 1/2 months) we had our two cats with us, until one disappeared in San Antonio. They travelled in a hard-sided pet carrier anchored between the seats of our truck, and wore harnesses the whole trip, so we could clip leashes to them when we were camped.
At night, they roamed free in the trailer and stole the covers so often we would up using two comforters so we got some too. But having left an earlier cat for about six weeks, we know these guys were much happier with us than without us.
We now have three cats and are planning our first trip with them in about three weeks time. We have a new tow vehicle so have opted for a soft-sided carrier to haul them in. They'll be cozy in there, but the two young ones sleep in bundle anyway, and the older cat (the long trip veteran) seemed to prefer close quarters last time out. Hopefully all goes well, and there are many people who travel with their cats. There was an artist on here (haven't seen a posting in a while) who full-timed with his feline friends.
Good luck with your travels.
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Old 04-01-2013, 07:42 AM   #4
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We always took our little cat with us when we went camping in our EggCamper. (She died last year, at age 19.) She was very small and quite sedate and we never had to put her in a harness or cage. She was content just curling up in our laps or the back seat of the truck and sleeping. At a campground she would usually just look out the window at all the dogs and had no desire to leave the camper. We did try taking her outside a couple of times, (in a harness), and after a minute or two she would head back to the egg and want to go back inside. She knew the camper was her home-away-from-home, and we never worried about her running away.

We had a large, covered litter box that we slid under the bed which also fit in the back seat of the truck. For her food and water we placed her dishes in a large, disposable, aluminium roasting pan which we placed near the shower - it did a good job of containing any spills. She was never any bother, but if your cats are more adventurous than ours was, I can see why you worry.
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Thanks for sharing. We will try our guys out on a short trip and see how they do.
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We were at an FG trailer gathering in Cherokee, NC, and when we backed into our campsite at the edge of the pond, our two would-be hunters were glued to the back window, watching the ducks swarming about the trailer wanting to be fed. However when they got out on the leashes and saw the real-life, up-close size of the ducks, they couldn't get back inside fast enough.
We had a laugh and the ducks soon gave up on their bid for food.
Good luck with your travels.
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Be sure and get your cats microchipped with your cell phone number.
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