RVing with Cats

RVing with cats brings joy and additional responsibility during your travels. It relieves you of the emotional and financial burden of leaving your beloved pet with someone else or in a kennel; however, it also means, you need to take extra precautions when driving. Upon reaching your destination, you and your feline companion can enjoy all aspects of this journey and take pictures to show friends and family back home.

Safety First

RV Kitten

Taking your cat on a road trip may sound like a lot of fun and it is if you are smart about your travels. For instance, if your cat bounced around the RV every time you stopped short, it could obtain an injury, which is never fun and send you rushing to find the nearest animal hospital. To avoid such a debacle when RVing with cats it is best to house your feline friend in a crate until reaching your next stop.

If possible, secure the crate by strapping, screwing or hooking it to the RV wall or floor. You may also want to add some pillows or blankets for padding as well as toys. If you plan on driving for a long time, feed your cat and give it water when you stop for gas, food or in a rest area but try not to take it out of the crate as you might have difficulty putting it back in upon resuming your trip.

Precautions

Before you embark on your journey to your next stop, you first need to know if your cat is welcome at any RV park or campgroun in which you plan to stay. Most of the time having a cat is not a problem and people may not even know you have it since it does not bark like a dog or need to go for walks, but you should check anyway to avoid any potential problems.

Once you get park approval to bring your cat, the first thing you should do is ensure you close the RV door prior to opening the crate. Depending on the personality of your feline or if this is your first time out full-time RVing with cats, be aware that it is likely to dash out, quite possibly to the door if that is the nearest exit.

Upon settling in, you may want to leave the door open, with the screen door closed, to get some fresh air or enjoy the scenery, in this case you might consider putting a leash on your cat. Funny as this may sound, you can find a cat harness and leash at a pet store, using it to keep your cat safely inside but with enough room to run around or you could even take it for a walk.

In addition to keeping your cat from running away, you should also consider putting a collar on it with a tag so all of your contact information is available should your belove companion become lost. Wrapping a piece of tape around the collar and using a permanent marker to write the name of the campground is another good idea when RVing with cats.

If I Had It to Do Over

When I was fulltime RVing I had a dog...a big, blue-eyed dog that was a kitten at heart, but whose size and eyes kept strangers away. However, if I ever go on the road again, I will take a cat as my companion, rather than a dog.

There wouldn't be any need to walk the dog and find a place for him to do his doody. No worries about local dogs attacking the "visitor". True, a cat's not going to be anytype of protection, but that's why God invented guns!

Enjoying Your Experience

Now that the drive is over, your cat is in one piece and preventive measures are in place to avoid a lost pet, you can enjoy your full-time RVing lifestyle and the company of your favorite feline. Use the leash or crate to take your furry companion all around town to see the sights, breath the fresh air and enjoy nature.

Also remember to take many pictures for your scrapbook and so you can brag to your friends and family about what a great pet you have and how much fun it is to live fulltime in an RV with cats. Oh, and if you happen to have an outdoor cat and trust it not to wander too far, make sure you put tick and flea repellant on and check it upon its return.