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Old 08-27-2010, 10:54 PM   #15
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Train your cat ASAP with a harness. My cat goes on walks with me and his little cage is his house! Pictures are worth a thousand words.
I should have mentioned, use a harness, not a collar to walk a cat. Figure 8 harnesses are good. Even better is a harness with straps around neck and chest with connections between on both the back and chest. That's what I use. Our Munchkin can even back out of that harness, so I never take him out where he might be startled.

Also, block the sliding part of your screen door. Our Munchkin opened it and jumped out. Fortunately, he ran a few feet and froze. Since then, I snap a paper clamp in the track to limit the slide to just leave enough space to open the latch.
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Old 08-28-2010, 12:24 AM   #16
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We travel with Kee Kee in a carrier in the truck with us and tranfer the entire carrier from point to point otherwise we have had some chasing to do! Not fun at rest stops or camgrounds off the main drag.

At night Kee Kee is loose in the Airstream but come morning and the door gets open and shut frequently he gets put on a lead and halter and one end is fastened to a drawer handle either front or rear depending upon where he might like to be whether watching or snoozing and stretching. He will tolerate the carrier outdoors for a short while or we will put him on the leash hooked to the table or steps or alternating trees and he is happy exploring the immediate areas when we are ouside. He will walk me but I cannot walk him. Usually I carry him and then put him down. When we stay for long periods of time he can roam free as he does at home with a break away collar and id but that is not the norm however. He will return before sun up and sleep most of the day inside as he does at home. He's not the best traveler but he settles down quickly and only meows from time to time so its quite tolerable. Speaking to him or putting my fingers into the carrier usually quiets him. I guess the ride gets a little long sometimes or perhaps he gets to feeling uncomfortable. He is usually next to the dogs and their crates.

John I am glad you mentioned about the fix for the slider. Kee Kee has already learned to work it and away he would go if I didn't catch him.
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:15 AM   #18
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.... Also, block the sliding part of your screen door. Our Munchkin opened it and jumped out. Fortunately, he ran a few feet and froze. Since then, I snap a paper clamp in the track to limit the slide to just leave enough space to open the latch.
That's a great idea. What did you d to block yours??
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Old 08-28-2010, 07:25 AM   #19
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Darn it! I just love cats like crazy!!!

We do to. Both of ours died this summer (2 months apart from each other). The house is painfully empty. We were going to be pet-less for a while so we could travel more, but we just can't do it. We're going to be getting two more this fall and they are going to be trained right from the start to travel with us in the trailer.

They are due to be born around Sept 8th and we have the pick of the litter! That sure helps ease the pain of losing our boys!
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Here is my solution

I write the "Great Ideas" column in the Airstream Life magazine. Several years ago, one of the published ideas was to use a paper clamp to limit the sliding panel. Here is the article from my archives:

The sliding panel in the screen door provides an attractive escape route for an exploring small pet, especially when the adjoining writing table is raised. After our cat “bailed out” in a strange campground, I discovered a convenient way to limit the panel opening.

Attach a spring paper clamp to the edge of the aluminum slot where the panel slides. With the clip is positioned about 2” from the closed panel, there is plenty of human access to the finger loop that opens the door, but the pet can not open the panel any further. We store the clamp at the other end of the slot when not in use.
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hopefully the plan is about helping the new pets get accustomed to TRAVEL in the truck...

and occasionally 'living' in the stream once on site when camping.

actual TRAVEL in the trailer is a very bad idea for a LOT of reasons...

primary 1 being...

carbon monoxide can and does accumulate IN the stream while towing.

yet there are folks who let the animals ride in the stream.
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there are a bunch of useful threads with tips/tricks and "don'ts" for pet travel, even felines.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ttys-7296.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ide-26862.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...ids-21995.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...tch-42829.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...eam-49320.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...lets-1596.html

and many others, worth reading while awaiting the cat stork delivery.
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carol's approach using a TETHER when the trailer is open is VERY wise.

and training to a halter/leash is much easier when young.

most cats are by nature nocturnal, so crating in the day time is typically easy on the cats too.

i've read or met a LOT of rv'ers, with stories...

about their kitties wandering OFF while camping and NOT returning.

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Also, block the sliding part of your screen door. Our Munchkin opened it and jumped out. Fortunately, he ran a few feet and froze. Since then, I snap a paper clamp in the track to limit the slide to just leave enough space to open the latch.
Thanks a lot for the idea. It is very timely.

We just returned from a week long trip. One morning during the trip, I was outside the trailer and looked up to see Daisy (our avatar) climb up the screen door grill, use her paw to push the small door further open, and perch on the edge in preparation for the big leap.

Daisy does well with the leash, as long as she is leading the walk.

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P.S. I agree with 2air. a moving travel trailer is no place for a pet, or human for that matter.
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Jim and Rod, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. We lost our youngest cat in June, and it is so hard. Those fuzzy creatures crawl into your heart and make a home for themselves pretty quickly, don't they? I'm glad you'll be adopting two more; with the wonderful advice you're getting here, they should be ready for camping in no time. I hope to see pictures of them sometime in November, when you bring them home!

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Jim and Rod, I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. We lost our youngest cat in June, and it is so hard. Those fuzzy creatures crawl into your heart and make a home for themselves pretty quickly, don't they? I'm glad you'll be adopting two more; with the wonderful advice you're getting here, they should be ready for camping in no time. I hope to see pictures of them sometime in November, when you bring them home!

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Thanks for your thoughts. It's been particularly difficult losing both of them in 2 months. The one thing that keeps us going is knowing that there are two more in our future. They should be born in about 10 days and we'll have them 12 weeks after that. The wait is going to be near unbearable but the excitement will continue to grow through out that time!
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Hi Jimandrod,
Just found your post; did you get 2 Tonk babies and how are they doing?
We adopted a 4 yr old Tonk about a year ago (reason we are looking for an Airstream). We think a 22' is just right for myself, husband and 1 Tonk. We really want to take her with us so...got her use to a harness & leash last summer a few months after we got her. Also, she likes to ride on our shoulders so we got a cat backpack and started her in that in the house. Then..we took her tent camping. Unfortunately the 1st night we were on Lake Erie in a wind storm with tent flapping, etc. so both she & husband slept in car.
We usually rent a car to go on long trips to save on our mileage (no Airstream yet). So each time we go on a trip Tonk gets used to a different rental car. She is doing really well though and particularly likes the Ford Focus; she sits between the driver & passenger seat, on on my lap with feet on door rest so she can see out side window, or sprawls out in back. We put the back seats down and put a painting tarp over area to keep it clean (easy to shake out tarp), then we add a small dish of dry kibble, small kitty litter pan & heavy dish with a few laps of water (add more when we stop). We do have a fold down cloth dog kennel, but she really likes being able to sit with us, not safest deal but we do it. Also..we got her ID chipped at last vet visit and we carry all vet records in a plastic envelope. Went to Canada and back with no problems going across border, but we had all the paperwork.
Good luck with your Tonks!
They are wonderful cats.
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Thanks - we have them now. They're almost 11 months old. We ended up with one champagne mink Tonk (Emmett) and one blue Burm (Buster). They're both real sweeties. They were born 2 days apart. They're both from the same breeder so they've been together all of their lives.

They're also doing just fine camping. They love the Airstream. Emmett whines a little when he's in the truck but Buster goes right to sleep and is quiet the entire trip. We have them travel in an over-sized carrier so they can be together and we have a Show Shelter that we frequently use to keep them secure in the trailer. It's their "tent" and they love being in it.

We don't do the leash/harness thing because we don't want to get them interested in being outdoors. We live in the desert southwest and if they were to ever get out they would be a tasty morsel for a coyote. So, they have to be completely indoors at all times.

BTW - I noticed you're from Cazenovia. I grew up in Geneva. I love the Finger Lakes area!

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We actually have an older cat and are looking to travel more with our airstream. I have a question regarding where everyone puts the litter box. He will be inside all the time as he is now at our home. Also, how do you handle the trip in the truck?
I'm mainly asking for his comfort on long trips. Since this will be our first time taking him with us… How do you handle eating and litter box while traveling?
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We travel to FL and live in 22sport with our Tonk,10 yr., for 6 mos every winter.
She sits on car console between front seats when traveling..litter pan on floor behind seat. In trailer, pan fits by bed, tape wall seams with painter tape..keep out litter & tape plastic bag to wall around litter pan.
Also keep trailer window closed above litter to reduce outside noise & smells.
We have a Tonk!! Very best!! Got her from a breeder, she was 3 & needed new home.
Best cat we ever had..except maybe Siamese I had as a kid in the 50s.
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