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herekittykitty

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As we contemplate the idea of how our lives would change being always on the road, one of the first issues I can't figure out how to solve is what to do with 3 cats who (a) don't like each other much, and (b) are used to being able to go outside during the day if they want to.

Can I get some ideas/experiences from those either with multiple cats, or younger ones used to being able to come and go as they please? I'm afraid one of them may slip out the door one day when we forget to be careful.

They'll be micro-chipped, but that only helps if they're found/caught.

Has anybody had success putting a harness on a cat to allow them to at least be outside?

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Google Taxidermists in your are...... :-)
I cannot imagine 3 cats closed in with me 24/7


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I think finding a home for your cats is the best alternative. They don't like each other so having the three of them confined to very small quarters will not be fair to the animals or humans. They are used to going outside when they want to. One or more WILL slip out of the door, just wanting to go out, and will then be scared in a strange environment, probably not to be seen again. If they slip out at a rest stop along the highway, then plan on having a flat cat. Not fair to the animal!

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We have traveled with two cats that a: like each other and b: love traveling. Both are harness trained and are let outside with a long leash.....but always under supervision. In your case I would just board them until you get back.

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paulcardoza wrote:

Google Taxidermists in your are...... :-)
I cannot imagine 3 cats closed in with me 24/7


I can see that personally but my daughter never would. She goes ape if I even say, 'There is more than one way to skin a cat.' [emoticon]

Boarding them does sound like practical advice I agree.

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"... being always on the road" connotes full time and calls into question, the aspect of boarding. While I wouldn't go so far as contacting a taxidermist, I personally wouldn't allow pets to govern my entire life. There are several options available when you shuck it down to the cob. Either make the right decision or make the decision right.[emoticon]


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SWD wrote:

We have traveled with two cats that a: like each other and b: love traveling. Both are harness trained and are let outside with a long leash.....but always under supervision. In your case I would just board them until you get back.


There wouldn't be any "getting back", so boarding is out. I like the idea of letting them out on a harness (and hope they like it, too).

Have either of your cats bolted out the door? Do you need to do anything to keep them from doing so?

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herekittykitty wrote:

SWD wrote:

We have traveled with two cats that a: like each other and b: love traveling. Both are harness trained and are let outside with a long leash.....but always under supervision. In your case I would just board them until you get back.


There wouldn't be any "getting back", so boarding is out. I like the idea of letting them out on a harness (and hope they like it, too).

Have either of your cats bolted out the door? Do you need to do anything to keep them from doing so?


You'll have your hands full for sure. We always had to be very careful when opening the door. Usually my kids would hold the cats back until I was out. Once they figure that the camper is their home they will each find a spot and settle down....but you always need to be aware of open doors etc. We harness trained our cats at home before going away. Rusty, our old neutered tom, even gets to wear a life jacket when on the boat.

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We started with 2 cats (one has since passed away) and both took the harness pretty easily. First thing to remember is that the harness (get an "H" type) is foreign to them so put it on and then ignore them for a day or so. Then take them out, attach the line and sit down and wait for them to walk around. Don't force them to walk. Just wait, and when they do, then follow and keep the line slack.

Now, if you have 3 cats that can't get along, then I would start looking for new families for them as being in a smaller area and moving around is upsetting enough without adding in not getting along.

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I have two cats who are not fond of each other and one loves to go out.

Here's how I travel with them: Make sure your RV is large enough so they can get away from each other. With that said, they just completed a 10,000 + mile trip in a 24' class C and did just fine. I have a large litter box that stays in the shower pan except when we're showering. [emoticon]

For outside, I put the wandering girl in a harness attached to a gallon jug filled with sand. It's heavy enough so she doesn't care to drag it but can if she really wants to see something. Of course, this is only while we're sitting outside.

I find it much easier to travel with cats than dogs. My cats never have to go outside when it's cold or rainy, we all stay in the cozy coach and watch a movie. [emoticon]


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