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Old 03-13-2008, 08:39 PM   #1
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We are counting the hours until we pick up our airstream....although i understand weather in Utah is not great now - anybody in Orem or close.
We will (not this time) be traveling with our 2 cats - those that do travel with their pets - do you keep them in a container in the car - cat's certainly like leashes ( nor do we) but they are declawed and we fear that the escape factor is likely to be huge - any suggestions about anything for absolutely new airstream owners (picking up Sunday) and the future of traveling with cat's - we really want to use our airstream......it's a 1997 25' Safari - have no idea about anything to watch for, any oddities to this trailer - thanks, al scottfree
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Old 03-13-2008, 08:43 PM   #2
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We used a small pet crate for our cat. In it I placed a small bowl about 1/4 full of water. When we stopped for food/fuel/restroom, we would take the cat in the crate into the trailer, shut the door, and allow him to wander around the trailer. I placed the litterbox in the tub.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:02 PM   #3
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We travel withh 3 cats. Two ride in carriers on the back seat of the extended cab truck. I have a wedge cushion to go under the rear of the carriers and I have a nylon strap that I run through both carrier handles and pull up snug. The carriers are nice and level and don't lurch forward on stops.

The 3rd cat has traveled since she was a kitten and she rides on a pad on the between-seat console. She is perfectly behaved and knows not to get under my feet. That cat, a Japanese Bobtail, won first place cat at the Airstream International in Springfield.

I have the 28 with the pass-thru bathroom and there is plenty of room for the litter box. I just have to move it forward about a foot to open the shower door. In my 25, I kept the litter box in the shower since that shower had an accordion door and could be left open.

We really enjoy the company of our cats when on the road.
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Old 03-13-2008, 09:10 PM   #4
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If you don't already have them micro chipped or tattooed that would be a for sure to me. If they do happen to escape you'd want to get them back ASAP. And a collar with your cell # you have with you, or a contact back home you know will be around to check VM and who can then find you to tell you where to go get your kitty.

Carriers are great. Stuff happens on the road and having one scared, hurt and getting away is our biggest fear.

Others let theirs ride free. We just couldn't do that, be it dog or cat. I've seen a few accidents where the mark on the inside of the windshield tells the story about what happened to the pet.

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Old 03-13-2008, 09:17 PM   #5
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Ya can't teach old dogs...err cats new tricks...yes you can. We traveled cross country several times. Started out with the cat in the carrier and she howled relentlessly for the first day or so, but she managed to talk her way out of that after a while. We were not running a normal combo back then but were traveling in a Ford Econoline towing a cabin cruiser. The van had bunks and a front cabin wall. She started out being quite edgy, but ended up traveling with ease for almost twenty years. She had company later on. (We are a mixed mammel family We did eventually teach her to wear a harness (did not trust a coller) and she got pretty comfortable with that. Probably not acceptable today, but she and her travel mates did travel in our SOB quite nicely. We would stop and find them comfortably cuddled on the bed. OF course we thought we would never have an accident...but lost a wheel and did some unplanned offroading. THey were no worse for where, although the fish seemed rather upset with us...but we do not travel with fish any more.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:26 AM   #6
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We will (not this time) be traveling with our 2 cats - those that do travel with their pets - do you keep them in a container in the car - cat's certainly like leashes ( nor do we) but they are declawed and we fear that the escape factor is likely to be huge - any suggestions about anything for absolutely new airstream owners (picking up Sunday) and the future of traveling with cat's
Probably the best way to let them be thereselves.
Sarah, my cat grew up in the trailer. It is here home. She comes back no matter where we are. She is family, not just a possession. I give her the freedom she desires and she returns.
No lease, no crate. When driving, she usually rides behind my seat in a little nest I created for her. She is high enough to look out the window and has a place to curl up and sleep when things get too boring for her. I do not try to control her but react to her desires. She has me trained well.
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Old 03-14-2008, 07:33 AM   #7
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Stuffing them between the dash and windshield works quite well...

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Old 03-14-2008, 09:55 AM   #8
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Thank You All For Responding So Quickly - Your Suggestions Were All Great- The Car Traveling, Cat Box,microchip, And Going With The Cat(they Tend To Do What They Want) As Well As Safety Suggestions Were Very Helpful - Thanks Again - We Look Forward To Meeting You. Thanks
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Old 03-14-2008, 11:36 AM   #9
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Our 2 cats ride in the trailer. We tried letting them ride in the truck, but they seemed to get claustriphobic. For the past 5 years, they seem to be quite content riding in the trailer. We do monitor them closely if the weather gets warm!
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Old 03-14-2008, 02:34 PM   #10
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We, too, are a mixed mammal family. Our two furkids ride in the truck with us. Actually, Ki seems to seriously enjoy helping drive!! Her stroller is snugged into the back seat where Brandi rides so if necessary we can slip her in it and zip it up... usually they ride as pictured!

#1...watching the Atlantic as we drive down Daytona Beach
#2...listening to Papa sing
#3...nap time...

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Old 03-14-2008, 02:59 PM   #11
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That cat looks so hard done by and very neglected.

Are those earplugs in her ears?

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Old 03-14-2008, 05:34 PM   #12
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Ours rides in the truck in her carrier between stops. We seldom travel over 200 miles in a day and she pretty much just naps the whole way.

She loves the trailer and seems to really enjoy the different sights and smells every few days. Her box travels in the shower but we pull it out and put it under the table when stopped. We use the Fresh Step Crystals which are pricey but really are odor free. A 4# pkg last about 3 weeks.

However, we did learn through her where every nook or cranny was that a 7.5# cat could fit through and had to fabricate various blocking devices. She would disappear (scaring us half to death) and then show up somewhere odd, covered in dust. She managed somehow to get under streetside twin once and I still haven't figured out how....

I believe that if a new law came out that you could only have two souls on board, I'd find myself suitcase in hand watching my bride drive off with that cat. And I'd understand.

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Old 03-14-2008, 05:37 PM   #13
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Miss Lilly has her spot right on the center console ~



Oh, I know...she looks just miserable, doesn't she?!- she hates it! Yeah, right!

I seriously think she likes camping as much as we do...here she is last weekend checking out our latest project ~

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Old 03-14-2008, 06:36 PM   #14
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It Seems That We Aren't The Only Ones Owned By Our Cats, We Love The Pictures & The Comments. We Leave Tomorrow To Get Our First Airstream.....can't Wait....will Send Pictures Of Airstream & Cats - Really Look Forward To Meeting You. Thanks Again For Responding - It's Great!
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