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Old 03-28-2017, 11:13 AM   #1
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The wife is very close to retirement , i am already. We want to do some hosting, but, our cat PJ, 6 years old, and adopted him as a kitten ,the house is his home, sometimes his racetrack, running as fast as he can around the house !!! has nevered traveled, took him in the truck once, and he totally freaked out ! Is there any way we can take him with us in the camper ? He's a big cat ! As you can see, he loves his chair j Opinions please !

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He should be able to learn to travel without freaking, he may never LIKE it, but you should be able to get him to where he won't do anything more than just crawl into his favorite 'safe' spot and stay there until the moving stops.

Start small.
Take him out to the camper and spend a few nights in your driveway without going anywhere. Do this until he figures out that he has two homes and his servants (you) are with him in both places.

Then start the engine. Don't go anywhere, just let it run for a while and let him get used to the sound and vibrations.

Then put it in gear a few times. Still don't 'go' anywhere, just rock it back and forth.

Then a SHORT trip, down the driveway - maybe around the block.

You get the idea. Work him into it, he'll figure it out.

Some folks will suggest having him ride in a carrier. I undestand that, but I'm not sure I totally agree with that, unless he has a carrier that he's comfortable in (our cats hate their carriers because it means 'vet').
He'll find a spot somewhere in a corner that he's tucked in and feels safe(ish). In my opinion from a 'freaking out' point of view he'll be calmer in the spot HE chooses than being in a carrier he already dislikes.

We have two cats that learned to travel on a boat. That's two fairly loud engines and a LOT more movement than in an RV. They never LIKED it, but when the engines started they'd just go to their 'place' and ride it out.
They DID like being somewhere new. As soon as the engines topped they'd be looking out the windows at all the new stuff outside, but getting there wasn't fun for them - but their were calm and that was the main thing.

Edit: I now see that you're in a trailer, so you don't have engines to start, but the jist of it is the same.
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Old 03-28-2017, 08:37 PM   #3
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Our car was real freaked out the first time in the motorhome, but after the first day she was right at home. The only issue is she likes to ride on the dash and attack reflections at night.
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A cat is not a dog. A dog is happy to be with it's master. A cat is only happy of it feels comfortable and safe in it's environment.

You can try 'Rescue Remedy for Animals' by Bash. Found at the Health Food Store. You put a drop on their nose and a drop in their ears.

A cats gnome say they are mostly wild.

We had a 7 year old cat that traveled 12,000 very unhappy miles. She never got use to travel, she always turned into the 'Cat from Hell'. At the house she was a purring, friendly, very sweet cat. She was a different cat when traveling. We tried all the suggestions with no real luck. Had some luck with recue remedy.

Maybe you will have better luck.
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We travel with 2 cats, we found the largest kennel we could to put in the back seat of the truck. They don't care for travelling, but do ok in the camper when we are done driving for the day. If you wander down the hall to the pets forum, lots of threads talking about traveling with cats.
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