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CincyGus

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SWD wrote:

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.


I would suggest doing exactly that. Working with them at home to get used to the harness can be the solution. Start them in the harness and teach them to take a step towards you with treats. One step at a time until you get them following you. After a few days to a few weeks, once you put on the harness, they should be willingly following you, expecting a treat.

Once you get them to the point they willingly walk on the harness around the house, you can start venturing outside in the back yard.

One last suggestion. Wear long thick pants in case you have them get scared. Nothing worse than a scared cat, wrapped around your leg on a leash. Tends to leave permanant marks.


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We had one loner and then got two from the same breeder, different litters that get along most of the time. They used to chase her, so we let our daughter take the older one.

Back a few years ago, I saw a Truck Camper pulling a small flatbed trailer. It had a huge cage that the cat would sit in during the day, watching the scenery and wildlife. We've also seen something similar but it housed a parrot.

Another MH owner had a wire dog crate they put on the patio and their cat enjoyed watching the ants and bugs that came inside the cage.

Luckily, our two are both indoor only and sleeping by a window in their cat tree is all they care about what's happening in the outdoors.


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AprilWhine wrote:

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

Thanks, AprilWhine!

hitchup wrote:

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

More good ideas! Thank you, hitchup.

I had figured I'd have to harness-train them while they are still at home. Appreciate the treat suggestion for helping with that.

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We use a combination of harnesses with long leaders and a collapsible kennel to give our two cats their outdoor time.

Get them use to wearing the harness first. Then add the leader. All it will take for the cats to freak out is for them to get caught on something and then associate the leader with the panic of being trapped.

* This post was edited 10/02/13 12:25pm by LastOfTheBohicans *


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Don't hurt me but I wouldn't. I would find a new home for them or at least 2 of them if you simply have to have a pet. We observe a lot of RVers on the road with pets and it has many effects that would really interfere with our RV style. We had workamper neighbors once who wouldn't even go visit the most beautiful Nat'l park in the country because they couldn't take the dogs and wouldn't leave them. Rediculous priority in our opinion.


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Cross your fingers that your cats on harnesses aren't Houdini's like mine is. She'll just walk until the line is tight, and then back out like she's getting out of a t-shirt. Then she's home free!

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Woodalls has a few tips for letting your cats play around outside:Outdoor Cat Tips

Then there is the issue of the catbox and where to stash it. DIY RV has a few examples: RV Cat Box Mod

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Kittykath wrote:

Cross your fingers that your cats on harnesses aren't Houdini's like mine is. She'll just walk until the line is tight, and then back out like she's getting out of a t-shirt. Then she's home free!


That's because you haven't got the right type of harness. There are several different types. The figure-8 type are totally useless. H-type with a split in front may be better for her. Maybe one of the soild wraps would be better for her.

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Our cat learned to go out on a leash we never let him walk ouside on his own four feet, we pick him up, so he doesn't bolt for the door. he got used to the leash once we went on the road, he had never been on the leash before that.


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We have traveled with 3 cat, not all 3 at one time but did have a dog and 2 cats together.

The biggest issues are indeed being cooped up in tight quarters, the possibility of them getting out and the fact they are not friends. We found you will also need to put a guard on your entry door screen so the cat can't pull loose the screen and get out (been there done that with ours). Also your window screens..in our rig they slide too easily and the cat can easily pull them aside and get out if the window is open. We used painters tape to secure them but a more secure latch would be more ideal.

If I were in your situation I'd find a home for some of them and only keep the two that get along or may find a home for 2 and keep one.

To manage the worry about them getting free...it is indeed a worry and we had one escape but luckily once she hit the ground she found out she was not somewhere familiar and we could grab her.

We rigged up a small dog harness (more secure than a cat harness) and put a dog collar on them (not a cat quick release collar). The collar has to be tight enough it will not come off over the head. We hooked a leash to the collar ran the end through the loop of the harness and put in a knot, leaving enough distance it would not restrict neck movement. We left this set-up on while we were rolling but when parked we took off the leash. The leash gives you that last bit of something to grab in case you need to.

Not all cats will love being leash trained or like having the collar on, a cat can wriggle out of anything you put on them. Get the cat or cats used to the harness, collar, leash deal at home, allowing them to drag the leash around for a short while. If they get used to it, try taking them out for walks in the yard then expand to the driveway, etc. Some cats will walk ok if there isn't anything around to spook them. We often took our cat Emmy out on a leash potty walk at an RV campground they were familiar with. But the older cat we had would not stand for walking on the leash and even fought having the harness. Our older/1st RVing pets have long since passed on. The new cat hates the harness and will not walk on a leash.

good luck with whatever you are able to do.

To the poster that suggested taxidermist...how cruel to speak so rudely to the OP! If you can't stand having cats that is your choice but to even joke about something like that is in poor taste!


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