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Post Info TOPIC: Is it safe to leave a cat in the rv for long hours? New to this and taking a traveling job possibly


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Is it safe to leave a cat in the rv for long hours? New to this and taking a traveling job possibly


I may have an opportunity for a traveling job with my boyfriend that would involve us moving every ten days and working long hours. He is looking for an RV now as he has been doing the job already and staying in hotels. The RV would be his preference. I already work long hours at my current job, so my cat is used to being alone for long hours in my home and doesn't seem to mind, but as a brand new RV-er, I am having visions of my cat being too hot and roasting in my RV (bad, I know, but I love my cat to death and this whole deal is a no go if he can't go along and I obviously don't want anything to happen to him) Can anyone share their experiences with something like this? Can you leave your air on all day type of thing? Sorry if I sound dumb, but I am a true greenhorn and really would like some advice. Thank you so much for any info you could share with me!



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If you have electric hookups, no issue there. We have a few days each month where we are gone 10-12 hours a day and as long as we have power it's not an issue. If we're dry camping the temp inside can rise to be almost as much as the outside temp, in which case Tazzy Kat lays on the tileft floor and gives us her best pathetic kitty look when we get home, waiting for us to start the generator and then she moves to be right under her favorite AC vent which unfortunately is in the main walkway☺☺ She doesn't think it's a problem to make her peeps step over her. Leave lots of water and toys, cats are very adaptable.

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IMO you need to have a back up plan if you lose power in the RV park. You might have a neighbor "on duty" in case you lose power, They can open the windows and make sure it doesn't get too hot in the rig. We have 3 dogs and sometimes we pass on outings with friends because we won't leave the coach due to heat build up during a power failure. It's a trade off but we chose to have dogs and it's our responsibility to keep them safe.

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We have travelled full time with a cat for 6 years.

If daytime highs are predicted to be anything under 90* or so, and we have electric hook up, no problem.

If we have NO hookup and daytime highs are predicted to be 80* or under, no problem ( open the windows and put on a fan).

The Only time we had an issue was when we were in an area that had predicted high temps of 110* +.

At that point I refused to leave the cat in the rig for an entire day, just in case the electric went out.

Doesn't happen much and can usually be avoided.

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I have several cats, and I think this (no electricity and hence no AC) is a potential problem for anybody, whether in a stix 'n brix or an RV .My power went out yesterday following a thunderstorm that brought down tree limbs on power lines. I have had to leave my fur babies many times for 2-3 days when visiting my wife when she was hospitalized a few hundred miles across the state... always leaving plenty of water and dry food for them, including flushing all the toilets several times and leaving the seats up . They have always gotten through it just fine, although I did get some dirty looks after getting home. Excessive heat is your and your cat's enemy... it can be a killer, as we have seen time and again with pets being left in cars at the supermarket. Talk to your veterinarian; I wouldn't fret too much about it, but would take prudent precautions. Keep tabs on the weather forecasts to gauge the likelihood of power outages. If need be, and conditions are threatening, you can always run your generator and set the thermostat to a habitable temp... if it's too hot for you, it's also probably too hot for your cat.

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el Rojo and Pam wrote:

IMO you need to have a back up plan if you lose power in the RV park. You might have a neighbor "on duty" in case you lose power, They can open the windows and make sure it doesn't get too hot in the rig. We have 3 dogs and sometimes we pass on outings with friends because we won't leave the coach due to heat build up during a power failure. It's a trade off but we chose to have dogs and it's our responsibility to keep them safe.

 

 I'd recommend this too. better to have someone to keep an eye on your pets if you decide to leave them. 



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X3  with El Rojo and Johnny123. Along the line of Soos comment we would use a lower threshold of 80 with power, 70 with a window(s) open, but that would be just us. YMMV as they say.

Also not mentioned, many states are adopting much more stringent pet welfare rules and ordinances. As well, not everybody shares the same level of concern for your pets. It only takes one overzealous do-gooder to ruin your whole day. Even if an enforcement officer deems the incident benign, it is still reported and do you really want to be on record for such things even if nothing ever comes out of it? It will only take one time that something really unfortunate happens, directly or indirectly, and now you'll be some kind of monster that gets viral animal abuse video splashed around the internet and elsewhere. 

Do right by your pets as you would for any member of your family.

JMHO, Brian



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My cat is 16 years old and when we go on trips ,we take her , she a happy camper when she with us the trailer is like her home , we dont go where its hot {we leave windows open} when gone for the day ,water food and a litter box and shes good ,I think its easier to travel with a Cat then a dog , just be aware of heat and cold mainly and food and water litter box , Note we dont go to places in the summer (like phoenix) in the summer yuck! Good Luck!



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You might also look into pet day-care options wherever you stop.

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