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Old 09-23-2016, 06:30 PM   #15
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Hello There !
We are restoring a 24 foot tradewind. With our rescues Frenchie (whos nuts) perfect pug, and will add a cat to the mix. I googled cat enclosures for trailers and saw some ideas ,also pintrest has lots of ideas. you can put a cage over a window so the cat can look out and adding an enclosure/pen when parked. When driving the dog is in the car ,cat in trailer. We had to get doggy downers from the vet to calm him down enough to introduce new furry family members,he still hates any animals he hasnt met yet.
i think you a lovely person for doing this ! it will work out !

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Old 09-23-2016, 06:51 PM   #16
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A shock collar works wonders if used correctly. Sometime, just the vibrate mode is all you need.

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Old 09-23-2016, 07:12 PM   #17
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This is going to take a few posts

My dogs seem to love my camper. At home, I left the screen door open so they could get in and out. A feral cat got in when I wasn't looking and I closed the door. I had a heck of a time getting the cat out. There were so many hiding places and ways for the cat to get around.

The good news was that the cat got rid of the mice

The bad news was In had a lot of cleaning in hard to get places.

The point of the story is that there are a lot of options for cat houses in a trailer.

The kitty litter smell would be a deal breaker for me
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:28 PM   #18
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To a certain extent….

Animals are going to be who they are.

My small dog was the friendliest being that I ever came across. My big dog would risk his life for any animal or human in our house. One cat was affectionate but bitchy. One cat was tolerant and easy going.

The animals all joined the family at different times. We were lucky.
You could give it time….you might be lucky.

Some animals just won't ever bond. The cat might end up learning that drawing blood gets the desired response.
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Old 09-23-2016, 11:03 PM   #19
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Thanks everyone for the replies! I'm going to try to tackle everyone's at once:

*Hitch is an appropriate name!
*I've spoken with two behaviorists who agree that my Frenchie is exhibiting fearful behavior of the cat. Should've known her little behind would be afraid of a cat 😂. I was encouraged that I've been on the right track with slow introductions, obedience training, and continued supervision. They told me to continue what I'm doing and be patient and persistent. Now that I understand what was going on, I feel more confident moving forward.

*I'm definitely going to check out the cat enclosure systems that were recommended. I'm really considering this one will work if I have it lead to the opened cabinet above the closet as a "safe space".
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Old 09-25-2016, 01:07 PM   #20
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I went through the animal introductions with 2 cats - our old solo female initially refused to even go in the house if the new rescue male kitten was inside - if she saw the kitten, growls, snarls, etc.

However, slow intro, extra-favorite treat food (tuna) on opposite sides of a gate so she'd associate something good with seeing the kitten. (Ever see a cat dig into tuna alternating with looking up and hissing?) Took several months, but eventually the female tolerated the kitten and even allowed him to groom her.

So it may take a really long time, but I know it's rarely an option to give away one or the other once you've become attached to both.
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Old 09-26-2016, 05:45 PM   #21
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We always kept a harness and short lead on the cat while traveling, in case I needed to catch her. Found I could get within 3 ft, then she would bolt so the lead gave me the ability to catch/control. Cat always traveled in a cage in the truck, and we left the cage open in the trailer but facing the wall under the table which she used as refuge when she wanted to escape the persistence of our Fox Terrier. Eventually the Dog and Cat get to a point of understanding, if not really friendly. Our Katie actually went to the dog to get her face cleaned after a few months...go figure!
Be patient and it usually works out.

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