Cats in the van

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  1. gazza280

    gazza280 Read Only Funster

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    Hi all

    Got a bit of a problem coming up. What do people think of taking cats in Motorhomes?
    I know that dogs are common but I know its unusual for a cat.
    Are there rules I should follow? I'm sure mine won't run off because he likes comfort more than going out.

    Oh and one other thing, how can you get rid of the smell of stale cat urine???

    Thanks Gary
     
  2. Chris

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    We have never taken ours in the van but I don't see why not. They would need to travel in a basket.

    We use litter that seems to mask the smell in the house.

    Good luck and tell us how you get on.
     
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    I have had two cats in the van at various times. Mine settled really quickly in the van. I didn't need to cage them when driving as they just settled down to sleep when I was on the move.
     
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    We take our 2 cats all the time no problems. Travel in boxes whilst on the move and then have free run of MH whilst parked up.
     
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    We have always taken our 2 cats with us in the U K but not abroad as they haven't passports.
    We did have a problem on C &CC & CC sites last year as they now say all animals must be on a lead!! I don't think our 2 would take very kindly to that so we had to keep them in when on site. Everywhere else we go they just do as they please and never run off, but can sometimes be naughty when we want to move on and hide on top of the water tank beneath the van, which does make life difficult!!!
     
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    Ours starts yowling as soon as she gets put in her basket to drive two miles to the vet and doesn't stop until she gets there. I'm not sure I could cope with that for a MH trip. I'd also worry about excessive heat in the van when abroad in summer. However, the dilemma will approach when we're on pensions regarding the cost and good sense of a long cattery stay if we do any long off-season trips. We may have to try taking her with us - she's quite old and sedate but she still likes the outdoor life and I'm not sure how she'd take to being cooped up in a van.
     
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    I've seen quite a few cats in vans here and abroad on my travels over the years and also quite a few on leads so its more than doable. Geo and Pam trained their cat to travel in the Rv with them I think.
    Good luck:BigGrin:
     
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    My cat travelled all over Europe with me for several years with no problems other than the expense of vets and ferry company charges. Change the litter tray on a regular basis and that cures that problem. My cat never went into a travel cage as she preferred to sit or lie on the dash whilst on the move. She had an igloo for sleeping and if I was outside would just sit around the van sunning herself. She was more like a dog than a cat though mentally. Never had a problem with mice in the van.
     

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    It was the other way round, the cat trained them to take it in the RV.
     
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    Pauline is the expert !!

    :Eeek:Wait for Hollyberry to answer :Eeek: She has 2 cats and 2 dogs with her all the time !!
     
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    Never had a problem with our cat he travelled all over Europe and UK, he just settled on the bed and slept till we arrived at our destination, only time he moved was when he wanted to use his litter tray and he would just stand at the toilet door and miaow". :thumb:
     
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    Hmmm...we have three cats and the cattery charges are becoming the most expensive part of going away! But they are used to going out whenever they want [except when the catflap curfew comes into place at dusk] and I really can't see them adapting to a life on the road. The male's territory here extends to a radius of at least 200 yards...
     
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    We take our two cats everywhere, just set up and open the door, they go wandering off but soon return when they get hungry. :BigGrin: As has already been said, the ccc want them on a lead, while we can do that with the youngest, the older one turns in to a Tasmanian devil cat, hissing and spitting with claws everywhere so the harness had to come off.

    They are both passported, but so far only the younger one has travelled abroad with us.

    Ian
     
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    Our 2 cats go everywhere with us, wouldn't dream of leaving them at home!
    We are in Southern Spain at the moment and Wally & Fudge are more than happy be here with us instead of at home in France.
    We have never kept them in cages to travel, as soon as we put them in the van to begin a journey they climb onto the bed and settle down to sleep. On site they are happy to go for walks on their leads and always know exactly where the van is parked on return.

    Dave
     
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