Travelling with a cat

sueone

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I am a cat owner that is also new to motor-homing. I have seen people take their dogs away with them but not cats. I am sure there must be people out there who travel with their cats. Do you have any tips on how best to introduce my feline to my new hobby? I am so worried that she will run off on our first voyage. She is 8 years old. Possibly too old to start training on a lease and harness? Any info would be gratefully received. Thank you.
 
Dec 6, 2011
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brother in used to take the cat with them in UK. problem was cat always seemed to know when it was time to leave whatever site they were on and hise. they often spent extra night at places.
we take our dog but cats either stay at home or cattery they are too unpredictable for us, but seen lots do it.
 
Apr 9, 2013
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My parents took the family cat on holiday with us many moons ago. Escaped and got run over. :-(

Cats are much trickier to take away from home than dogs. They have no "pack mentality" and much prefer their known home territory. I think you're risking a lot of potential heartache.
 
Aug 6, 2013
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I have a friend who has taken his cat everywhere he goes (in his caravan). The cat never leaves the van (it won't even when encouraged). He has a litter tray in the shower room for it. Back home, however, it's never in the house & prefers outdoors.
 

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It could be useful for checking the internal dimensions of a MH, plugging a leaking skylight, possible levelling ramp, the list is endless.... Oops, must behave! :)
As others have said, train it to a lead or simply ensure it never leaves the vehicle.
 

Hollyberry

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I full timed in my motorhome for a year, then for 9 months in another stint, each time with 2 dogs and 2 cats.
What I learnt:
1. Cover your seats. Duvet covers make good seat covers.
2. Make sure you have fly screens, and a screen door is a big plus too.

My cats were more or less house cats anyway. I got Freddie used to a harness and lead by putting just the harness on him, giving him some treats, leaving harness on for a while, then introduced lead, slowly.
Older cat was able to go outside when we were somewhere away from traffic risk.
I bought 2 large folding kennels off Ebay http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Folding-Dog-Cat-Puppy-Pet-Travel-Fabric-Portable-Carrier-Kennel-Crate-Cage-Bag-/281411211965?pt=UK_Home_Garden_Kitchen_Toasters&hash=item41856a52bd
They could travel in one and could go outside in either one or the 2 kennels bungied together.
I took them into the m.home at home, gave them a few treats, fed them in there. They got used to it and seemed content to be in there very quickly.
Litter tray went in shower tray, which I lined first with some vinyl fabric. You need a good quality litter to eliminate smell. ( Catsan is best) Nappy sacks or dog poo bags get rid of solid waste quickly. A spray bottle with surgical spirit and water ( about 1:5) will get rid of any smell from the tray.
Freddie got really used to walking on his lead round campsites, Maizie was about 17 when we started out and would go outside the motorhome and stay close by. She died this Easter, aged almost 20, and I think she enjoyed her last few years travelling!
You have to be careful if you're camped near a road, of course, but at most sites you can ask for a pitch furthest away from road/ entrance.
Kong make a really good Catnip spray, which will help a cat settle, or you can use a Feliway spray or plug in. Travelling with cats was rea
Ly no more difficult than travelling with dogs I found.
When driving a cat is safer in a crate as there's the risk of them jumping through driver/ passenger window if you roll down window for any reason.
 

Tootles

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Purdey make a very good shotgun, which will help a cat settle. :sneaky::sneaky::););)
 
Feb 7, 2012
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We take our house rabbit with us who is also 8 years old............................we reckon he prefers to be with us than with other people or in a rescue centre and, of course, we prefer to be with him.
Luckily when they are older they are not very active and prefer to just lay around and eat..............a bit like me.

He has free run of the van and a little enclosure for when we stop................seen a few people with cats but always on a lead.............I think they would run off if spooked.

But I alway say to people who ask, what is the alternative..................they are small, you love them and they are part of the family...............so you bring them with you.....................like your children ......................................which alway shares a bit of a laugh.
 
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And I'm glad it's "rough men" protecting us and not "limp-wristed lefties" like me.
BUT we won't get a room just yet !!!!!!
 
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