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Old 02-19-2012, 08:15 AM   #1
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Camping with a Cat

Wife wants to take our cat with us in our 19' travel trailer. I say it's to small to bring the cat, she think's it'll work. The cat does not go outside and would stay in the trailer (or maybe a small tent when we are around). Has anyone done anything like this? Does the cat ride in the truck or trailer, lol?
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:28 AM   #2
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If you look at the "Keystone Forum Rules", the second rule is "Do what the wife says" the first rule of course is "Nod in agreement to what the wife says". Welcome, Happy Camping,Sam
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Old 02-19-2012, 08:48 AM   #3
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I’m not a cat person but I have friends and relatives who are. If that cat is fine hanging out in a single room in the house, then you’ll be fine. Plus, if the cat has favorite perches at home, emulate that in the trailer.

When traveling, the cat should ride in the truck. Same way you cart him around on the way to the vet, etc. Crate/box/sedated/whatever.
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Old 02-19-2012, 09:49 AM   #4
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I have to agree with Sam, smile and nod. he he

On the serious side of it. We travel with 2 cats and a dog. Everybody rides in the truck. ( what a zoo )

Our cats are indoor animals as well. So we have litter box set up in a corner and it has worked out great. The cats settled in quick and found there spots to call there own. It has been no trouble for us at all.
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Old 02-19-2012, 02:57 PM   #5
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We've always traveled with our 3 cats...the trailer is nicknamed the "Cat House"

Our RV was a 21' FunFinder 210WBS. Yep, can be done, and we won't leave home without the little furbags. Cats are surprisingly adaptive and don't take up a lot of space. The three we have, got used to the trailer immediately and "staked out" their own spots; J-Lo got the shelf under the television, Coco (the old guy) got the shelf in front of the big window and Ragamuffin liked to lie between the pillows on the bed in front of the window there. If it was a really sunny day, all three of them would line up on the shelf in front of the window where Coco sprawled.

Now with the new 5ver Cat House, they've got more room than they know what to do with, but, they are equally at home there as they were in the FunFinder. There is so much room in the 5ver that they treat it more like home and sprawl wherever they get the urge as opposed to "staking out territory". It is fun watching the neighbors, particularly the children, when they realize that there are 3 kitties in the window

They've traveled so much with us that we let them roam free in the truck. We have a crew cab and the back seat belongs to them. They have boxes to curl up in, a litter box and food and water. They've learned that while in motion, they stay in the back. When we stop for fuel or we reach the campground, they come up onto the dashboard to "observe" and wait to be carried into the trailer. If we aren't at a campground (getting fuel for instance), as soon as I get back into the driver's seat, they head for the back.

Wouldn't think of leaving them at home.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:21 PM   #6
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I can't believe that you folks think that YOU OWN the cats. They own you and they will not forgive you if you leave them home. Travel with them in the truck for safety and they will choose the best spots with the best sunbeams in the trailer for themselves. Be extra careful while camping that they don't escape .... ferule cats are a big problem in some areas.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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we have taken ours with when he was on strict meds. he does great. i had him in the truck, but i am sure he would have done just fine in the trailer while traveling. i can't imagine it would bother a cat to be in the trailer while in transit. most will sleep on the sofa or bed anyway. just so there isn't anything that could fall on him, but why would you trake the risk of something falling even if he wasn't back there.
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Old 02-19-2012, 03:51 PM   #8
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we have taken ours with when he was on strict meds. he does great. i had him in the truck, but i am sure he would have done just fine in the trailer while traveling. i can't imagine it would bother a cat to be in the trailer while in transit. most will sleep on the sofa or bed anyway. just so there isn't anything that could fall on him, but why would you trake the risk of something falling even if he wasn't back there.
One problem is that with the slide-outs retracted there may be spots where curious little fur-balls can get out. If I can push my hand into a wiper seal at the base of a slide those sneaky little whiskers can get in there too and .
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Old 02-19-2012, 05:19 PM   #9
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Certainly a cat will be OK in a 19' trailer. Provide it a high place to perch and it'll be fine.
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Old 02-19-2012, 06:20 PM   #10
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BoosTT, Howdy;

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If you look at the "Keystone Forum Rules", the second rule is "Do what the wife says" the first rule of course is "Nod in agreement to what the wife says". Welcome, Happy Camping,Sam
What him said. Also, If DW does the majority of the cooking remember ... If the cook ain't happy NO ONE is happy !

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