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Questions about fulltiming with cats
« on: May 01, 2013, 02:14:54 PM »
Hi all!! I am planning to fulltime soon. I did it for two years in mid 90's and cant wait to hit the road again. Back then I had one cat. Not much problem with him. I now have a dog and 3 cats. All 10 to 13 years old. But, I dont want them to stop me from living my dream. I just hope I can also make it comfortable and safe for them.
Questions.
Can you travel with cats in trailer??? I have heard it is illegal. Does anyone do that?
If so please give me any feedback on this issue.
I have not decided yet on RV or Trailer.
I am thinking an RV would be better suited for me and all my critters.
Does anyone block front driving section of your RV off from the cats ? and if so , how?

Anyone else have multiple cats?? advice???

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2013, 03:37:01 PM »
We started RV'ing in a trailer with 2 cats back in the early nineties.  They rode with us in the van as it would have been too uncomfortable for them in the trailer ( bouncing around and no A/C).  After a few trips of having to move them back and forth Ken decided that "they" needed a motorhome.  We are now on our third motorhome, still with 2 cats, and they would not go back to a 5th or trailer.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2013, 03:47:22 PM »
I bet they wouldnt go back !! I am thinking for them the RV is much better then the trailer.
I did okay in an rv for two years when I fulltimed in mid 90's so I guess it will most likely be an  RV again for me and the critters.   ;)
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #3 on: May 01, 2013, 09:07:52 PM »
I bet they wouldnt go back !! I am thinking for them the RV is much better then the trailer.
I did okay in an rv for two years when I fulltimed in mid 90's so I guess it will most likely be an  RV again for me and the critters.   ;)

A Motor home is by far the easiest with critters, the ride is better for them and you know how they are doing at all times.  We allowed our cat to be loose in the MH but that really meant, he was on the couch, under the couch, on the recliner or under the recliner when we were moving.  After that, he wandered at will.

Many people have the cat(s) in carriers while moving and we had done that but he told us that was not acceptable so we let him loose.

I found a way to hold the shower door ajar while both traveling and parked so the litter box was in the shower.  That has worked well for us.  Different floor plans allow other options.

We will shortly have to acclimatize a new kitten to the MH so that will be interesting.

Good luck and hope these comments help.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2013, 11:19:15 AM »
Thanks Jim,

 I traveled in a MH before with one cat and did not crate him. I suppose I will just let them do what they want. Sure am thinking tho of putting up some kind of screen to seperate the front because they are all used to going outside and I fear they will  be trying to run out the door at stops where I just have to get out for one thing or another.

Also, what it the home needs to be worked on??? How do you handle that?

 I did have my motorhome worked on a lot before and would put the one cat in the bathroom if it was going to be a quick job but on a longer job once I had to find a room to rent that would allow him to stay with me for a few days. 

My last travelling cat would go outside when we parked for a few days at a safe location. He never took to a leash but would stay close to MH.

I may be crazy trying to do this with  3 cats. I only hope they adjust okay. Think I will get a MH ahead of time and let them start going in it on their own. You know how cats like to explore.. Then one day take them for a drive.....

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2013, 11:30:10 AM »
We have full timed with our two cats for coming up on three years in August. We crated them the first trip - never again! Never heard so much noise away from a twin engine turboprop on a flightline!

We have had service on a number of occasions, always with the cats in the coach. We try to schedule the service so that there are no time surprises. We give exact instructions to the shop staff and place a sign on the door, "Cats on Board". Never had a problem, even when they worked inside. However, they hate the sound of air impact wrenches!

We never leave the dealer, though, just in case, and hold the cats to their feeding schedule, making sure the shower is open so they can use the litter box. We check on them every several hours, if the service is extended, just to keep them reassured. They usually sleep through it all.

I would warn you, though, if you have cats that like to jailbreak, you results will vary! Ours will not jailbreak, but they have considered it...  8)
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #6 on: May 02, 2013, 11:43:11 AM »
I am a full timer sharing my 32 foot class A with three cats. They travel beautifully. They all just go curl up somewhere and fall asleep while I am driving. Cats generally don't like being up front when driving because they respond to motion like it is prey trying to escape them. When they see the outside world rushing by at 60 mph it is a sensory overload for them. You should not need any barrier to keep them out of the front. I did have one cat that wanted to be on my lap when I was driving and I just kept tossing him off and he got the message after a few attempts. A carrier is totally unnecessary.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2013, 07:04:09 PM »
We're not cat people, but I've heard comments that you need to be careful bringing slides in if you have cats because they get trapped in small places like under a sofa.  The solution is to find all your pets before retracting the slides.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2013, 10:08:05 PM »
Also, what it the home needs to be worked on??? How do you handle that?

We had a situation that required we be out of the MH for almost 5 days.  We put the cat in a cardboard  carrier and found a motel that allowed pets.  Took his kit with us so he had his food and water dish, a litter box, covered, and I took him for a walk several times a day usually in a park some where.

 
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2013, 10:18:44 PM »
I traveled with a cat for about 9 years or so - and really miss that now. Unfortunately, I am in hot climates at times and not able to run air all the time during the day. And even if I could, would be reluctant to trust my cat to park power. If 95 outside can quickly become 105 inside without air running.

My cats never needed a carrier. They would either sleep on the dash or, with my Little Dude guy, liked to sleep on my neck or just hang out there and look out the window while we were underway. Cats are incredibly great companions.

I do carry my "cat rescue kit" just in case I find one in trouble. Here are some of my cats, some owned and rescued:

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2013, 10:26:49 PM »
Last year we traveled with 3 cats with no problems. We are down to 2 for this year unless a new rescue comes along. They find their spots, we always make sure we know where there are when the slides are moving in or out.

Last week we went on a shakedown cruise for the season, and were astonished to see our neighbors with a cat on a leash. They had it outside while they grilled. We have tried the leash thing with ours, but they are rescues, and generally very mature when we get them, so its hard to "teach an old cat new tricks"  ;D They are indoor cats as well, and are overwhelmed by being out of doors suddenly. As soon as the leash goes on, they hunker down and don't move. If we ever get a kitten or youngster, I will probably try it again.

Have fun with your cats. Ours took to travel this last week like they were never home for the winter.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2013, 08:16:43 AM »
Our cats have always traveled with us since we switched from trailer to motorhome. One wasn't very happy riding in the truck when we towed a 5W - maybe too confining? But he liked the motorhome.  Some few cats are very comfortable riding up front and watching, but I think most hunker down somewhere that they feel safe and just hang on. Our current 1.5 year old kitty is content as long as she can lie in the passenger seat alongside my wife, but gets very anxious if Nancy gets up even for a few seconds.

A couple caveats: older cats do not take changes very well - I fear your 10-13 yer olds are going to have a lot of distress and complain bitterly, in both voice and their actions. And if they are accustomed to being "outdoor cats", you are going to have a challenge keeping them inside and many anxious moments when you (inevitably) fail at it.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2013, 10:25:09 AM »
Unfortunately, I am in hot climates at times and not able to run air all the time during the day. And even if I could, would be reluctant to trust my cat to park power. If 95 outside can quickly become 105 inside without air running.
That is no excuse Bob. Cats don't need air conditioning. In fact my cats don't like a/c. When I turn my a/c on they generally head for the bedroom where it is much hotter. Domestic cats are descended from Desert Cats from the Sahara. They get along real well in a warm climate.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2013, 10:51:30 AM »
When we first started out with two cats the did get themselves in shrinking spaces (Slides) a few times, but we were careful and after one or two close calls they learned.

They did find a place thy like to hide, (under the bed between the moving and non-moving part, the bed is on a slide out) There is enough room for them there and it's safe, the only problem is with the slide all the way out they are trapped.

I cut 'em a "Kitty Door" so now they come and go to the 'cat House" as they please, slides in or out.

I have a "Traveller" water dish (it has a doughnut shaped lid that means if it splashes it splashes INTO the bowl not out of it) for rolling down the highway and a pet fountain (Drinkwell brand but there are others) I use when parked.

both cats have been trained since kittens to a leash, they only go outside if leashed. Thus complying with "Pets must be leashed" rules in parks.. Just like a puppy, only where as a puppy follows me around.. It kind of works the other way around with the cats.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2013, 12:57:21 PM »
We're not "full timing" but we travel a lot with our 2 cats.  Our monster cat, Rusty, was 10 weeks old when we got him and when we were driving he would sit in the steering wheel on the air bag.  He outgrew that habit thankfully and now he sleeps on the couch or sits on the seat back of either captains chair while we are driving.  He sort of howls for the first hour of the first day of our trip and after that he's OK.  He's been across the U.S. nine times in our MH.  Our other cat, Penny, hides in the closet or under the couch as soon as we start the MH engine and doesn't come out until we stop.  Penny's been across the U.S. three times.  We never put them in a carrier while traveling although we carry one with us in case a trip to the vet is needed.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2013, 02:16:37 PM »
That is no excuse Bob. Cats don't need air conditioning.

   Some cats cannot take higher temps and/or humidity - especially long hairs, or, in my case, a Persian. Their nose is pushed into their face so are not able to intake air as readily as other cats. I discovered this one hot summer when my cat started panting heavily and his tongue began to turn color. Have had 2 vets verify to me that "any" cat in temps well over 100 degrees run the risk of heat stroke.

In the Sacramento area I have rarely experienced a summer without spells of 105 to 110 and higher outside temps. Last year when I arrived in Laughlin the outside temp was 112 - and it took a lot of time for the A/C to even get it down to 100. If the air would go out, I don't care what the breed, inside temps well over 110 would be bad news for a cat.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2013, 04:33:50 PM »
Thanks for all the replys.

 Bob, those where some beautiful cats you had!!!

Gary, Yes, I am very concerned about my elder cats taking to the idea of travel,  and the fact that they like to go outdoors.  I think it will be rough at first but hoping they will adapt. I suppose they can go outdoors when I am settled for a few days in a safe place and I may be able to harness train them. Will start working on that.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2013, 06:29:44 PM »
If it is any consolation, both of our cats were eight years plus when we left three years ago and have not been out of the coach since (well, a couple of tree climbs in Montana, maybe)...they adapt rather quickly and well.

The first coach was a Cat that was a little noisy, and that was their cue to hide somewhere when we cranked up. The new Cummins is so quiet, they just ride on the couch or between the front seats on the floor.

Noises and thumping sounds seemed to give us the most trouble. I will tell you, though, they sleep like babies after six hours on the road. Their eyes may be shut, but they know something is different.

Here's a picture of a fellow camper we met whose cat has fully adapted...

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2013, 06:39:21 PM »
I traveled with a cat for about 9 years or so - and really miss that now. Unfortunately, I am in hot climates at times and not able to run air all the time during the day. And even if I could, would be reluctant to trust my cat to park power. If 95 outside can quickly become 105 inside without air running.

My cats never needed a carrier. They would either sleep on the dash or, with my Little Dude guy, liked to sleep on my neck or just hang out there and look out the window while we were underway. Cats are incredibly great companions.

I do carry my "cat rescue kit" just in case I find one in trouble. Here are some of my cats, some owned and rescued:

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Nice, sounds like the cats own some nice people. :)

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2013, 12:35:04 PM »
cute photo of the cat on the motorbike !!

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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2013, 01:24:02 PM »
My last travelling cat would go outside when we parked for a few days at a safe location. He never took to a leash but would stay close to MH.

Some allow their cat/s to roam around once parked - but I never felt that was a good idea. Not safe for the cat and not appreciated by most neighbors. I did walk my cat on a leash.

I found a figure 8 halter that worked well - easy on and off. I began putting it on inside while he was in the low side if his activity cycle and ready for or coming out of a nap. Then would leave it on for a few hours, take it off, then put it back on again later. After that, took him outside. There is nothing quite like the experience of taking a cat outside for the first time in their life!! Their exploration of smells and things they have never experienced before is sure fun to watch.

Initially, I just follow the cat until they get used to being connected. My one cat though had a "one direction" attitude. Back tracking was not for him. So most of the time however far we walked I would have to pick him up and carry him back part way. They begin tracking and don't like to be taken off course.  :)
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2013, 03:50:16 PM »
Let your cats visit in the coach before you go driving. A few visits where they can sniff around and check the entire place out. I would also place their food and litter box inside during the visits.

Then when you finally toss them in to drive  away, they will only have to deal with the motion, but already be used to the rig.

My friend's cat would always "visit" in my RV when I parked in his driveway. He had checked out the entire RV over several visits. So one day when we went on a trip together, we found out his usually cat boarding place had closed for the afternoon, so we loaded up his cat too to travel with us. Since he was already used to the RV from his visits,  he adapted quickly. He did NOT like being in his carrier, so we tied the door open, so he could have his choice. He eventually climbed out, then found he loved riding on the bunk over the cab while riding. Once we parked, he was all over the RV and content.

As for having work done on RV while living in it, I make it clear up front that I need an appointment when they plan to start work, as me and my pet are arriving with the RV and will be with it while they work on it. Most repair men had no problem with this, and the ones that ordered me to drop it off and they would get to it one of these days... well I cancelled my appointment and found more reasonable repair folks.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2013, 05:24:45 PM »
Let your cats visit in the coach before you go driving. A few visits where they can sniff around and check the entire place out. I would also place their food and litter box inside during the visits.

Then when you finally toss them in to drive  away, they will only have to deal with the motion, but already be used to the rig.

Good advice - and exactly how I've always gotten a non-RVing kitten or cat used to my rig. The only thing I would add is that after my cat has lived in the non moving non motor running RV for a day or so with his food, water, and litter box I take him out when ready to start the engine the first time. Then after it is idling quietly I slip the cat back in - so he does not hear the engine starting. Also, a wait a bit for him to become occupied with whatever he is into at time, then ease into gear and slowly begin a 2mph jaunt for about half a block and slowly increase the speed. Usually, this trip ends at full speed on the closest freeway.

This is the extreme and not necessary for some cats at all. My Russian Blue, Nickolai, had no fears of man, beast, or RV's -- whereas I found Persians a bit more timid. Before RVing I only owned patio cats. One was a young stray that I rescued while living in an apartment in Sacramento.  She was pregnant at less than a year and had one live and one still born on my patio in a towel lined cardboard box I provided. Not wanting that to happen again I decided to take her to a Vet.

Anyway, this was the 1st time I had ever attempted taking a cat for a ride - and was driving a semi converted van at the time. Everything was fine until I started the engine. I didn't have a carrier nor realized that I needed one. Have you ever seen one of those motorcycle things where they drive up and down the inside of a silo kinda thing? This cat went ballistic and was screaming and yelling while wiping out all the coverings on my windows en route around the walls of my van. Needless to say I have never since started an engine with a new to RV's or autos cat - unless they are in a proper carrier. I keep one in my RV as part of my rescue kit. I like the ones that open from the top as it can be a bear stuffing an unhappy cat through a carrier front door.  :)
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2013, 07:56:36 PM »
Our cat, Princess, has snowbirded with us for 7 years now.  She didn't panic so much at first when the diesel pusher was started, but she always went nuts when we had to put the jacks up or down and/or the slide in or out.   The reason was that whenever the jacks or the slide was to be moved, I had to turn the ignition key to 'ON' so I could activate the HWH control panel.   This would turn on all of the loud engine alarms and warning sounds for the entire time that the control panel was on.  Princess hated those loud noises and would always run and hide.  So when I had some work done on one of the jacks at HWH in Moscow, IA one year, I told the mechanic I wanted it changed so that I could turn the key to 'ACC' instead of 'ON' whenever I wanted to activate the HWH control panel.  He did, and now there are no more engine alarms or warning sounds going off when I switch the ignition key to 'ACC'.  That was the end of that problem.

As for letting our cat outside of the motorhome, we never do except when we let her sit on a table outside for a few minutes while we're watching her.  We use a pet carrier to transport her in and out, and sometimes she prefers to stay in her carrier while outside.  She's declawed in front so she would have trouble defending herself if let loose outside.  Here's a picture of her outside by her pet carrier:
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2013, 09:10:56 PM »
Cute kitty Rolf  ;D

Yes, I plan to let kitties be in RV a lot before we actually take off on a trip of any sort. Let them feal like it is homey to them.  Maybe we will even sleep in it in the driveway a couple times.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #25 on: May 04, 2013, 09:23:24 PM »
Our current kitty, relaxing between drives. Looks like she might be related to Rolf's!
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #26 on: May 04, 2013, 09:50:31 PM »
Gary, yeah they do have similar markings.  Princess isn't a kitty any more though, she's 14.  Here's another picture showing her in one of her playful moods:
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #27 on: May 05, 2013, 01:28:58 AM »
Both are adorable!! Love the Black and white cats.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #28 on: May 05, 2013, 07:25:25 AM »
I bought our motorhome for my cat, LOL!

First trips were last year and she did surprisingly well! Wasn't a huge fan of actual travel mode, but once we were parked absolutely loved the huge front window (and all the attention she got from passers by looking so cute sitting there, LOL!).

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #29 on: May 05, 2013, 02:36:28 PM »
I am planning to get another kitty cat sometime in the future. I was looking at these collapsible outdoor kitty tunnel runs.  They store easily, then pop open to give your kitty some outdoor time if you are desire that for them.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #30 on: May 05, 2013, 10:19:42 PM »
I was also looking at some outdoor kitty tents not long ago. Great idea !!

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2013, 09:32:51 AM »
Sue,

One of the things to consider about outside enclosures is that we have been in a number of parks that don't allow them. We have heard a number of "reasons" including killing the grass (they had to have some to start with), no unattended animals allowed, etc.

Certainly, there will be as many who don't care as the number who do, and since they are so compact and storeable it's probably no big deal.

One of our considerations, however, is safety, since we have seen any number of dogs loose, or get loose from folks and cats in an enclosure where they cannot naturally bolt to safety could be traumatic for all.

We had our 20# cat on a leash outside, tied to a chair, with me standing there, and a dog barked, sending the cat and the chair under the coach. He snapped the D-ring holding the chair when it slammed into the coach and we found him five coaches down about to climb up into the underbelly of a large coach. The best laid plans....

Being outside with them and observant would be very key.
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #32 on: May 06, 2013, 10:21:42 AM »
Since we lost our kitty, my wife has been feeding a couple of ferrel [sp?] cats and and six weeks ago, i found these little ones in my a shed that does not get any winter use,.......i named them Irene, Ilene, Camo, and Boots  :)

i found a rescue source that works with Petsmart, so they are now safe and waiting for adoption..............now we have to try to trap mom to get her in to be neutered....

this seemed appropriate for this thread?? ;D
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #33 on: May 08, 2013, 11:40:37 AM »
Yes, the kitty tent would only be used periodically for all the reasons you stated. But,at times I think it would be a good idea.

Don, that is great that you and your wife are helping out the feral cats!!!

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #34 on: May 22, 2013, 01:24:41 PM »
This is the way to full-time with cats! Sorry about the short ad at the beginning of the clip.
 
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #35 on: May 24, 2013, 12:47:20 AM »
Well, that is pretty cool !!! But, I will never be able to afford anything like that! Nice the way it is set up ! Beautiful ! and I bet the kittys aprove .
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #36 on: July 05, 2013, 05:55:28 AM »
How do you folks handle the litter box.  Where do you keep it?  Do you all use a closed top?

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #37 on: July 05, 2013, 06:10:54 AM »
How do you folks handle the litter box.  Where do you keep it?  Do you all use a closed top?
I am a full timer living by myself in a 32 foot class A that is owned by three cats. I have two litter boxes that are sold with a closed top, but I threw the tops away, since they are not needed. I have both my litter boxes in the shower. My shower doesn't have a glass door, it has a shower curtain which makes it easy for the cats to enter and exit the shower. The litter boxes are the ones with the built in sifter. So every morning I sift both boxes and toss out the poop. It takes under one minute to clean the boxes and I never have any odor.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #38 on: July 05, 2013, 08:40:36 AM »
We just use a Rubbermaid plastic container. Our cat is a vigorous coverer in the litter box, so we needed higher sides than the usual litter pan. A covered box would be inconveniently tall for the location we use (beside the bed). Also, a previous cat refused to use a covered box, so we are skeptics.  Haven't tried the current furry child on one, though.

Where to put it depends on the layout of your rig and your personal preferences. In one rig I was able to install a hatchway into an adjacent compartment, which was ideal. In others we have placed the box in the shower, and in another at the end of  row of cabinets. Whatever works...
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #39 on: July 07, 2013, 06:59:10 PM »
   Some cats cannot take higher temps and/or humidity - especially long hairs, or, in my case, a Persian. Their nose is pushed into their face so are not able to intake air as readily as other cats. I discovered this one hot summer when my cat started panting heavily and his tongue began to turn color. Have had 2 vets verify to me that "any" cat in temps well over 100 degrees run the risk of heat stroke.

In the Sacramento area I have rarely experienced a summer without spells of 105 to 110 and higher outside temps. Last year when I arrived in Laughlin the outside temp was 112 - and it took a lot of time for the A/C to even get it down to 100. If the air would go out, I don't care what the breed, inside temps well over 110 would be bad news for a cat.


hmmmm not sure about cats not liking ac??? I agree with ya Bob.. My 2 cats love the fan they do get hot... and they will find a cool place when they get hot.. in front of the fan.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #40 on: August 21, 2013, 05:42:44 PM »
I see you already have many replies but let me chime in too. My wife and I fulltimed for 3 years with 3 cats. We bought a very nice cat carrier/habitat like the folks who do cat shows use. It had a hammock and everything. Our cats did so-so but we had one that was a yowler if that is a word. Anyway, we stopped at a roadside stand in Texas to buy so fruit and I decided to try one cat back in the 5er. It worked so well that they all ended up back there. Our Hitchhiker had MorRyde IS suspension and it rode great. My wife left an open bottle of water on the table one time and it was still in the same place 300 miles later. Also, one of our cats is so laid back that she would climb up onto her cat tree and ride there watching the world go by. The other two would ride under the sofa. I guess it all depends on the personality of your kitties. If it wasn't against the law, I'd suggest putting the kids back there too. Much better for the old folks. JMHO.

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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #41 on: October 31, 2013, 04:06:54 PM »
This is the way to full-time with cats! Sorry about the short ad at the beginning of the clip.
 
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #42 on: October 31, 2013, 04:15:05 PM »
Great to hear that at least one family has fultimed with cats in a 5er, because I haven't yet seen any motorhome with a layout that says, "home", and we'll probably be spending a month in any location we stop in (less driving, more living-in).

Good tip about the quality suspension. If we can make sure we get upgraded suspension, it sounds like a 5er might work out for us after all. Was beginning to think we'd have to buy a MH just to appease the cats :)
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Re: Questions about fulltiming with cats
« Reply #43 on: October 31, 2013, 05:05:02 PM »
My 3-yr-old Fuzzy Baby (aka Jemmy) always had a handy doggy door in the house. She didn't like the abrupt change to the motorhome, especially because she couldn't go outside. I felt so bad for her, but didn't let her out for awhile because of the safety issues.

Did nervously let her out after a couple of months in the MH, when I had paid for a month at that park. She was scared to death, which I was glad to see, and she stayed pretty close by. Oh yeah, she was happy to get out!

Tried the harness thing, taking awhile to get her used to it, but when I finally took her outside on it, she just backed out of the harness. So, I just let her out every few days when I'm going to be in one place for a few weeks more, and now she doesn't even want to stay out very long.

Litterbox (another big change we both had to get used to) -- have tried it several places, and now I'm thinking maybe I'll put a cat door in the toilet-room door and put it in there...
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