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Old 10-15-2003, 09:42 PM   #1
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Cool RVin' Kittys

Well, we just added a new member to our house, a 7mth old Persian named Lucy who I just plucked out of the pound. She's such a sweety! This is the first cat we've had that is fairly young, our last cat was already a grouchy old lady when we rescued her from the pound.

So I'm not familiar with much in the way of cat training. I'd sure like to teach Lucy to enjoy riding in cars and going on trips with us. Any tips on how to get started? She handled the ride home ok in her travel box, didn't seem too purturbed. I think she has real potential to be an Airstreamin' Cat!
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Old 10-15-2003, 10:20 PM   #2
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Thumbs up Congratulations on your new addition!

Yeah Steph! It is possible...Lily travels with us all the time. She actually seems to enjoy "her trailer". We started training her to travel by taking her out in the car alot...

I think when if you start when they are young they just adapt to new situations pretty easily. During the "off-season" Lily goes to work with us 2-3 days a week to keep her in the travel mode. I think she just thinks putting on her harness & leash is "normal". When we start packing for a trip she just hovers at the door waiting patiently.

The only thing that's been a bit difficult, is when we go away for a weekend or so when she can't go with us...she looks so sad sitting in the window as we drive off. But she's always very affecionate when we come home.

Good luck...keep us informed on how it works out for you ~

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Hi Shari, and welcome Steph!

Our cat is named Lucy also. She's a long hair but is black and white. She's about 11 years old and only started trailer traveling with us last year. She's doing better at it.

As long as we're on the subject of cats again. I got to wondering where other cat owners keep the litter box. We have one with the cover that has a charcoal filter and handle and it's kept in the shower pan. But, we all know that litter gets tracked out and sometimes I feel like I'm sharing the litter box with Lucy instead of Lucy sharing the shower with us. Any alternatives, suggestions?

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Question Where do you put the box?

We're getting real close to bringing our two gatos along for some trailering and I'm wondering where's the best litter box location? Also, when driving does your cat sit up front with you? Free, tethered or caged?

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Old 10-15-2003, 11:41 PM   #5
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Litter box location

We travel with 2 cats and that is one of the prime reasons I upgraded from a 8' wide 22' to a wide-body 25' so that the litter box could go in the shower rather than in the aisle. The spillproof water dish will go on the seat in the shower. We put small feed dishes down just during feeding time.

The young cat has travelled with me (now us) since she was a couple of months old. I have her leash strapped to the child seat anchor in the extended cab with a carabiner. She sleeps on the console most of the time. If I disconnect her, she rides on my left shoulder facing back most of the time.

The old cat is diabetic and gets insulin shots twice a day. He also eats a special diabetic diet. He is free to go anywhere except under my feet or on the dash. At rest stops, we carry them to the trailer and they quickly learned that it is the time to use the box and eat or drink.
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I guess where to put the litter box varies on the size & layout of your trailer.

We got one of those small kitten-sized litter boxes...it's only about 10"x15" or so (I've never measured it, but it's about 1/2-3/4 size of a normal one) and we keep it in the shower. We move it to the aisle when we use the shower, then put it back. Tracking litter is a bit of a problem...but that's why we don't have carpet...it's easy to sweep it up & out the door.

Lily likes to travel "free" she sleeps on the console or in my lap when on the road.

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Old 10-16-2003, 05:01 AM   #7
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Glad to see other people traveling with pets, I had a pup that traveled with me for almost 12 years! We now have two tortise shells, that allow us to live with them as long as we keep the litterbox clean and the food bowls full We should be bringing home a "new" 1975 31' Sovereign in the next couple of weeks, I am sure the "girls" (Ginger and Missy) will be supervising the general cleaning and repair. If they do a good job they will be allowed to go on at least a couple of trips with us. I mean you do have to get away from the kids aleast once in a while

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Stewball is our flame point Himmy. He travels very well with us. He just stays on the console with his nose to the air conditioning until he gets cold, then he turns around. We keep his food and litter in the back of the Burb, and we move him and and his stuff to the trailer when we camp. He's one of those "pretty boys" with long fur between his toes and who's feet never touch the ground.

Other than being a "pretty boy", Stewball is a great travel companion.
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How fun to hear about all the other travelling kittys Lucy has already settled right into our house, after only two days! I think she must be pretty easy going about new situations. Friday is her well-kitty checkup with the vet, then we'll see about taking her for rides and getting used to the car. The hardest thing so far has been not giving her too much attention and making the pooches jealous. They'll go nuts if they see her going for a ride without them!
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Cat litter problems

I pretty much solved this by installing a 12v cigarette lighter-type plug close to the litter box location. I keep a little 12v car vacuum plugged in and it takes only a second to sweep the area.

In my new Classic 25, I will install a 12v socket under the bathroom sink and keep the little vacuum right there.
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Tracking the clay litter is a problem for us too, especially where it may scratch the hardwood flooring. We just bought a bag of "Feline Pine" to try. I hear good things about it.
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We use one of those large litter tracking mats,it seems to reduce it quite a bit . As far as pine based litter, my cat would never.............. she has a bad enough time when i switch brands . Tom
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Tracking litter is a bit of a problem...but that's why we don't have carpet...it's easy to sweep it up & out the door. Shari
I don't know how you store stuff...but if you have the room for a large bag of litter...
have you tried the "NO TRACKING/CLUMPING" litter. I don't buy my litter at the big stores (Target, K-Mart, etc.)...I get it from specialty pet shops; I find the cost ends up less because the claims are more true.

Anyway, if you can, try it out...I think you'll be pleased at how little comes out with the cat's feet. I had a ragdoll and her paws were LOADED with crevices and fur...and a small scatter rug right outside the bathroom seemed to collect all she tracked with her.

I'm getting a new kitty as soon as Bear is finished....and I'm getting pretty jazzed about it.
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by the way, my ragdoll was very very finicky about what litter I put down for her. The 'no tracking' stuff I got, was very soft sand...and didn't hurt her precious little footsies at all. Her previous owner had declawed her (OMG!)..and that made her little paws even more sensitive (don't ask why...it just did).
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