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Old 11-26-2015, 07:37 PM   #29
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We got our cat from some friends of friends about an hour away from where we lived at the time. We played with her a bit so we got used to our voices, then put her in a cat carrier for the trip home. She talked a bit at first, and we answered her, so pretty soon she fell asleep. She's now four years old and still has the same carrier. When we had the mpg she rode in the carrier strapped in the center of the back seat. Now, with the motor home, we just tuck the carrier in a safe place. If we take a lunch break we let her out.

Missie has always been an indoor cat since we got her. The last time she tried going outside it was rain mixed with snow. She came back in immediately.

We have used the spray bottle to train her to avoid the counters. As you said, cats are smart. She knows that when we're asleep in bed we won't notice her on the counter. Of course, she doesn't know that black hairs show up quite well on white countertops.
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:17 AM   #30
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I've got 3 cats at 20, 18 and 8. They seem to do ok in our couple trips. i bought them all kitty holster vests and that seems to chill them out. they mostly sleep so far on the road.

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Old 12-01-2015, 04:18 PM   #31
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I've got 3 cats at 20, 18 and 8. They seem to do ok in our couple trips. i bought them all kitty holster vests and that seems to chill them out. they mostly sleep so far on the road.

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Old 12-01-2015, 05:06 PM   #32
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My rescue cat, Blackie hate, hate, hates the new trailer (2015 25' FB FC). After hanging out for a few afternoons, we spent a night in the driveway, litter box under the bed, Feliway diffusers going full blast - no joy. Poor guy cried all night. Did an overnighter in the local state park, same deal, found poor kitty hunched in the litter box, trembling. It was the only familiar scent in the trailer. He was miserable the entire time.

How do I get him used to fulltiming? I'm leaving for points unknown in the spring and I'll have to rehome him to a friend of mine if I can't get him to accept living in the trailer. How did you acclimate your cats?

He's pretty skittish, having been a street cat for many years after possibly being turned out from previous owners. I'm slowly getting him to relax, but the trailer is way over the top right now. Thanks in advance for any nuggets of wisdom you can provide!
It's an acclimation thing, and takes time. Some kitties take less time, some take more time.

We have two cats, Chibi and KatyCat. Both of them do fine inside of the Airstream, it's just another home to them, as long as daddy is there, or even I will do, everything is Kosher. Then the AS begins moving, Chibi yowls as if someone is strangling her and this continues for HOURS. The AS stops and the yowling stops, it goes and the yowling begins. The second day traveling is better, shorter period of yowling. By the third day Chibi is acclimated and riding on the dashboard. KayCat just runs for the smallest space she can cram herself into and hides until the AS stops. By the third day she is sleeping on top of the bed and watching out the window. I guess I can be grateful that my Turbo dog LOVES riding ANYWHERE with us, lolz.

The litter box sits in the shower and only comes out when someone needs to use the shower. Cats are fine with this arrangement and have no problem using it. We already knew that they will refuse to use an enclosed space for a litter box, so that was never an option for us. *sad face* My biggest concern was that the litter box NEVER EVER sit in the kitchen/living/eating area. We find the shower to work best and it has a fan. Chris and I found an excellent litter that clumps and holds back the smell for two cats exceptionally well. I've a very sensitive nose, ugh. I'll post the namebrand when I can get a look at it.

The kitties love to hide/sleep in places that are small when they are scared, they also simply ADORE the smell of Chris's dirty clothing. After all, it smells like daddy! They may go off feed when traveling the first day or three. You can try giving them treats or very special canned foods, but don't push it, vomiting usually happens. If you have a trailer, then they might like traveling in the car with you in carriers better, then transfer them to the trailer when you get to your destination. We have an AS motorhome, on the last trip I got a folding soft sided carrier out of storage for Chibi and she climbed into it before I had it half undone for her. She quieted down very quickly. Again, small places. We used to have this little item for inside the carrier, (we bought bigger carriers for when we made long trips in a truck), both kittys LOVED this item:
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Well I hope that your Blackie is doing much better, but if she isn't, then I hope that anything I've had to offer is found helpful.
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Old 12-02-2015, 02:40 AM   #33
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Cats who hate harnesses LOVE the Kitty Holster cat harness! Walk your cat!

they each have one and they're easy to put on and they seem to like them and calm down getting them into the TV. I've had other harnesses in the past but these are far easier and more comfortable (cat cant strangle on these).
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also i got a huge litterbox for the 3 and it tucks in under the flip out galley cutting board, they also have been known to hang out and rest under the bed in the back, lots of space i cant really use but they can.

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Old 12-02-2015, 08:05 AM   #34
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Wow, thanks for all of the great replies!

Blackie has a Kitty Holster (they are the absolute bomb, BTW) but he hasn't acclimated very well. If you've ever stuck masking tape down a cat's back, that's Blackie's reaction to the KH. His 'frog brain' thinks he's stuck under something and he gets very stressed out. My previous cat, Perseus, took to it like a duck to water, but he loved going outside for walks. Blackie is more of a scaredy cat and is terrified of the KH. Treats are no panacea here. He had a really rough time of it on the outside and he may never recover fully.

I think the 'new Airstream smell' is what sets him off in the trailer. I try to make the trailer smell like home as much as possible (dirty laundry, bedspread, etc.) and have the Feliway going, but even airing out the trailer beforehand doesn't help. Even though I can't really smell it after a day of airing, it's still there. Cats are territorial and like familiar places.

Now the trailer is at Colonial for warranty work and I have a big trip planned at the end of January, so there's no time. I already talked to my buddy who wants another black cat and he's excited to bring Blackie home after the holidays. I'm working hard to get him a little more socialized until then. At least he'll have a good home - buddy's a cat guy.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:59 AM   #35
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Thanks for coming back in and updating us. Better that Blackie be happy, but I know you will miss him. Maybe you can get a kitten and acclimate it to the AS from the gitgo. It won't be Blackie, but it will be a kitty to love.
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Old 12-03-2015, 09:30 AM   #36
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I endorse the kitty holster, as well. Ordered one in the safety yellow for the cat who travels with us. I put it on him whenever we go outside at home, so I can keep an eye on him - he walks around the yard, but will wander off if not watched. If I can't pay attention, or expect to be distracted by some task, I tie an 8 foot piece of light cord to the kitty holster that he pulls behind him. If I lose sight of him, I find the cord leading under a bush or behind the shed.
Black cats are cool. They are serious, and smart, like black labs. I miss mine.
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:40 PM   #37
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What is kitty packin'?
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Old 12-03-2015, 01:41 PM   #38
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My black cat, Aurora, was the best cat ever!
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Old 12-04-2015, 06:13 AM   #39
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Oh man, don't even get me started on Perseus - he and I were soul mates! Miss him acutely. But it's true that black cats have distinct personalities, as do torties and others. He'll be quite happy living with Loran and the gang of three (soon to be four).

I won't go searching for a furry buddy right away - but if a waif needs rescuing things could change. They pick you, right?
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Old 12-14-2015, 12:48 PM   #41
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We have traveled with 2 cats (16 & 11) for the past 10 years without a single problem. Both have accumulated over 90000 miles and 39 States including Canada and Alaska. Excellent travelers. They ride in the TW when traveling. We do keep a litter box in the vehicle. In our 25FB we have 2 litter boxes under the foot of the bed. Most times they sleep in bed with us. Earlier this year we lost our 16 year old and our 11 year old has cancer so we adopted 2 three month old siblings (male and female) and they already have several thousand miles traveling with us. These 2 are going to be winners. Yep, they sleep in our bed. So, right now we are traveling with 3 cats. We would not leave home without them.
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