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Afraid of cats getting out of RV???


We are a bit afraid of a cat geting out of the RV.
Unlike dogs ...they are sometimes  skittish, and if they ever got outside may  run.
Heard a few horrror tales of not finding them.
It would break our hearts.
How  dou  you all solve this problem confused
Any advice before we go fulltiming come Spring ?
Thanks

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Question guys, how do you keep them from getting out of the house now?

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The house is big, and  they were not in a  motor home (size) so they  really never tried  to get outside.
However  in  a strange  environment and in such a small area we are worried.
Our two beloved "boys"....Padraig and  Mulligan have passed away in the last two years, and we are debating  getting another  cat to  come with us on our new adventure of Fulltiming.
However it does concern us.
Dogs  seem  to easily adapt to RV Full timing...crates...leashes...etc.
Like we said...any  info or opinions  will be  so appreciated, and help us  decide.


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Larry and Arlene,

I am glad you are concerned.  Fred gave a good answer in the form of a question.  But, if I understand your situation correctly, you are without a cat presently and are trying to decide what to do.

We introduced a cat that was 5 years old to motorhoming.  He had never been outside period!!!  He has his claws, and his scratching post goes along.  We simply put him in a carrier, take him out to the coach and then open the carrier.  He looks around, and says, "Hey, I love this place!"

Bumper has spent as much as five and a half months on the coach in one trip.  I really believe he enjoys the coach more than the stix and brix.  He has never tried to make a run for the door.  But, just like home, we do not totally trust him!  We always locate him prior to opening a door here or on the road.

Our greatest fear with the two dogs and the cat is extending and retracting the slides.  The slides do not move until one of us is holding the cat and keeping the dogs seated.

If you are getting a cat and his first home is a motorhome, he will love it and not know anything else.  I have known cats that live on boats.  We saw a motor home last August in CT with an invisible fence laying on the surface of the ground around a motorhome.  The coach door stayed open and the dogs and cats came and went, but they never came near that wire.

We simply are carefull and enjoy the fur ball every day on the road.

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This is a good thread. We are getting ready to go full time and have three cats. It is going to be very interesting as to how they take to the new small environment. We have one very skittish cat that may have come from a feral litter. We are going to get a long handled net to catch her with if the need ever arises. We will be very wary of opening the door or the slides with the cats around. They are just like children. You have to be on guard all the time. It's worth the effort though. Good luck with your travels.
Ray

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We came on the road with 2 cats which we had had for 7 or 8 years. They were both declawed house cats which had never been outside. Neither of them enjoyed traveling at first and would whine for an hour or so when on the road. Eventually they settled in OK. When we moved we crated them and put them in the truck before retracting the slides.

After about a year though, one of them began urinating indiscrimanently around the coach, and after about $1000 in vets bills in an attempt to rule out a physical problem, we were forced to give him up for adoption. The other one is still doing well though and never really attempts to get out.

She did once come down though when we inadvertently left the door open. Having never been out before, she was more nervous than we were and simply hid under the coach.

We know many RV'ers that travel with cats without problem, and would encourage you to give it a try. They are wonderful companions on the road.

Good luck,

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Thanks  to all of you, and  your advice and help.
We are animal  lovers, and  after  having ours  for so long, and taking  time to adjust to our missing them so...we feel  we are now ready to  bring at least one  other kitten into  our new life of  fulltiming come spring, but we  were not sure as to the safety of a cat versus a dog in our RV  It seems so  many do it... and all is fine....
Thanks again, and we'll  let you all know when we  decide, and get our new little  friend and family member.
 aww  blankstare 

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We start full timing in 13 months and was looking forward of our 12 year old "Fred" (Sorry Wishnie) traveling with us.

We took him on a 10 day trip in October. Prior to doing that we stayed two weekends in the Fiver with him to get him used to the surroundings.

He seemed to handle traveling well. However, he did not eat much. We knew he was diabetic and we gave him meds twice daily. When we got home he completely stopped eating or using the litter pan. Took him to vet for checkup on his counts and found his liver to have completely shut down. We knew he would not be eating again and had to make that tough decision many of us have had to make.

We were really looking forward to him traveling with us. We are so glad we took him with us on his one and only vacation!

Good luck in your travels.

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We began fulltiming in a fifthwheel 18 months ago with our "furry kids".  Katie was 4 and Alex was 3 at the time, however, they have been RVing since they were kittens.  They are purebred ragdoll katts and ragdolls make great traveling partners as they have the katt-onality of a dawg.  They want to be around their humaniods all the time and love to ride.  Yes, we are concerned about them getting outside on their own so we watch over them like you would a toddler.  They would go outside if the door was left open but they do not attempt to go "darting" out the door.  We carry them to the truck before putting the slides in and do not bring them back into the house until after the slides are out (unless we are staying overnight without putting the slides out).  The back seat of the truck is theirs - they have a medium sized collapsible kennel, a sheepskin blanket, a litter box, water, and food.  We allow them to roam the back seat and ride on the center console but they tend to sleep in the kennel and on the back seat.  Katts are quite adaptable to the RVing lifestyle especially if they are starting out as kittens.  Make sure to keep their shots current and to keep their shot records with you.  We have never been asked for them but you just never know when they maybe required.  Hope this helps a little, feel free to email us if you want more detailed information.

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Travelin Duo wrote:
We are a bit afraid of a cat geting out of the RV.
Unlike dogs ...they are sometimes  skittish, and if they ever got outside may  run.
Heard a few horrror tales of not finding them.
It would break our hearts.
How  dou  you all solve this problem confused
Any advice before we go fulltiming come Spring ?
Thanks
My daughter lost her cat out of a broken window after a wreck, as the cat was not crated for traveling.  It was never seen again.  Heatbreaking. sadangel.gif
That is when we knew our pets had to travel in carriers that were strapped in with seat belts through the handles, and micro-chipped.  Penny, TX



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We don't worry too much about our cat Gracie trying to run, but our other cat Bob is a little more adventureous and bold.  I try to remember to keep a squirt bottle full of water on the outside steps and have it ready when we open the door just in case he gets too curious.  Our problem was trying to keep the both of them from crawling up inside the dash.  We thought we had the problem licked, but Bob figured a way around our solution anyway!   

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