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Old 08-11-2014, 03:34 PM   #1
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Camping With A Cat

I'd like to get our cat (?) to be able to go camping with us - particularly on longer stays. He is (in effect) a child and even sleeps with/between us at night, sometimes under the covers. I know he would have to travel in a carrier, and he is an "indoor boy" - so staying inside when set up wouldn't offend him. Do any of you that have a cat take yours? How do you deal with the litter pan issue? How would it be done in a small TT like our T-1350 as far as controlling odors and such? It could be kept under the dinette, I suppose - as long as we don't step in it. <G> Maybe left outside under the TT when not needed? The bathroom would be a possibility, but ours is used as a closet and for storage. Our Buster will not use anything except a litter pan. Won't go outside, and never has had an accident. He's very strict about that.

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At the 2014 Great Lakes M&G 2 families had cats with them. Wouldn't have known it if they hadn't told us. Try contacting user names J&A Lima Oh or vanhakke.
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My Mittzi would be very offended if we went w/o her! She is an indoor cat also but does go outside on a leash. I use only Scoop Away litter and never have an odor at all. We do scoop two or three times a day,though,when camping. She,too,won't use the great outdoors and cries to come inside for the box usage. Try using a covered litter box under your dinette--can't step into that kind! But cats are funny critters when it comes to change,so I would advise getting him used to the new kind at home. Also,introduce him to camper life at home before you take him on an extended stay.
Another possibility would be to remove your bathroom door and hang a curtain to hide your "closet"..the box would be hidden there just great on the floor. Hope this helps--we do get attached to our fur-kids, don't we!
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Old 08-11-2014, 09:43 PM   #4
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My Mittzi would be very offended if we went w/o her! She is an indoor cat also but does go outside on a leash.
We have a harness and leash for Buster, too. The harness itself is kind of a psychological restraint. Doesn't think he can jump fences or climb with it on. Still, I don't rely on that. He rarely goes outside any more, but when I take him out, I have him on the leash - and watch the harness closely for signs of slippage.

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I use only Scoop Away litter and never have an odor at all. We do scoop two or three times a day,though,when camping.
Is that a "clumping" kind? I'll have to look into it, just in case we give him a shot at it.

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She,too,won't use the great outdoors and cries to come inside for the box usage.
Buster's the same way. One time he slipped into the bathroom at home (unnoticed) when Shelley and I went to work. He was closed up in there for 5 hours! We heard this "EEEEE!" sound coming from the bathroom when we got home for lunch. When we opened the door, he made a panic run for the box. Never made a mess in the bathroom, but we would never hold it against him if he did under those conditions. Poor thing! <G>

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Try using a covered litter box under your dinette--can't step into that kind!
Actually, the one he uses is about 6" high - the two-piece open kind. It really wouldn't be a concern if it was all the way up under the dinette. He'd still be able to use it while the bed was made up, too.

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But cats are funny critters when it comes to change,so I would advise getting him used to the new kind at home. Also,introduce him to camper life at home before you take him on an extended stay.
I do take him out in the Sunny, but need to a lot more often. Having him hang out in there with me when it's at home (with our scent in it) will get him used to it, I'm sure. We have the 1350 in RV storage quite a bit. And you're right. They do NOT like change.

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Another possibility would be to remove your bathroom door and hang a curtain to hide your "closet"..the box would be hidden there just great on the floor. Hope this helps--we do get attached to our fur-kids, don't we!
Not sure that removing the door would be an option, but it's worth keeping in mind. Yes they are family, Janalee. We have internet cameras all around the house, inside and out, and have a neighbor checking on him when necessary, but it isn't the same - for him or us. Thanks for your suggestions. I appreciate it!

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Our Jasmine is a camper cat, when we go she goes, she has a perch in the front side window of the 2150 we have and the litter box goes in the bathtub, with a plastic drop cloth folded under it, if wife wants to shower, she sets it out, and jasmine seen happy with the arrangement. We likewise use clumping litter and scoop it at least daily, also have an Air-Wick aerosol air freshener in the bath. Jasmine rarely goes out, but we have a leash she is on if wife decides to take her out when we are sitting around in the evening. We travel with her in a carrier in the back seat of the F-150 crew cab, the carrier is strapped in with a seat belt. We are planning to go from Lima, Oh., to Marietta Ga next month, any time we stop she will wait for us in the camper with the exhaust fans running to keep her cool, and she may ride part of the tome on wife's lap, just not sure yet. I am not sure how the litter box situation would work in a 1350, but if you try I am sure it can work. The litter box does not have to be on the floor, cats can jump up to places to get to it.
Here is to hoping you will give it a try.
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P.S. I just remembered something else, our camper is older 1983 model so I cut a hole in the bathroom door and put a cloth flap in it so Jasmine can get in and out of the bath when the door is shut, keeps the door out of the way instead of open all of the time.

I hope this helps.
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I just took one look at our cat and found my answer.. No way.
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Hi Jack and Angela.
Haven't seen you on for a while
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I am not sure how the litter box situation would work in a 1350, but if you try I am sure it can work. The litter box does not have to be on the floor, cats can jump up to places to get to it.
That is the challenging part (being so small) and the litter box is probably the biggest concern. There isn't any place up off of the floor to put it in ours, so it would have to be on the floor. No tub in this one either.

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Here is to hoping you will give it a try.
I will be working towards it.

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P.S. I just remembered something else, our camper is older 1983 model so I cut a hole in the bathroom door and put a cloth flap in it so Jasmine can get in and out of the bath when the door is shut, keeps the door out of the way instead of open all of the time.
That's a good idea. Ours is an '88. If we can clear the floor of the bathroom of "stuff", it will be something to consider.

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It does. Thanks for your input, Jack.
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Three of us help a man search for his cat for 3 days after it got out he never did find it.
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Three of us help a man search for his cat for 3 days after it got out he never did find it.
Pet loss happens a lot - in many ways and for many reasons.
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Pet loss happens a lot - in many ways and for many reasons.

I think you can say the same for people.......
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I only seem to get here now and then, seems work and all interfere with the pleasure, Hope in a year or two to make that problem go away.
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