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Old 08-01-2013, 01:55 AM   #1
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Another cat crushed in slideout.. :'(

How could these people not know? It's mentioned on all the RV Forums, pet owners warn each other in the CGs.... Yet here is yet another case of a cat losing it's life in an RV slideout. What would make these people think the kitty would stay on the bed when the RV was moved? They didn't bother to check BEFORE they moved the slide. Heart breaking.

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Our 4 kitties go in their carriers and into the tow vehicle before we bring the slideout in, in our travel-trailer. And before the cats are brought inside our TT, they wait in their carriers until the slideout is already out.
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Very sad indeed.

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Old 08-01-2013, 04:26 PM   #3
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How horrible. What a terrible nightmare.

I have to be very careful when retracting my bedroom slide, the bed pushes right up against the cabinets/drawers and I have caught Susie trying to go back there. I have a big foam incline at the aft side of the bed the kids use to get up and down that breaks into 2 pieces, I lift it up and push the block part of the incline up against it. I know nobody is back there when retracting the slide, but I have to watch to make sure nobody starts walking between the bed and the cabinetry when closing it.

Very dangerous thing with pets. I can't imagine their loss. What a terror.

I have friends that all they have to do is push the slide control buttons in or out and not have to continue holding it. Very convenient not to have to stand there pressing the button to retract the slides. Like an express up or down on your car windows.

I believe it better to be standing there watching whats happening, which I have to be with my older coach slide buttons, inevitably there may be something that was forgotten and watching the slide moving in and out while pressing the button is a plus in my book.

No, it probably wouldn't have made a difference in this case, because they couldn't see the kitty no matter what the buttons, BUT, precautions about slides and pets must take precedence no matter what. Too big of a hurry and not following a set procedure that includes checking on where the pets are when retracting or extending the slides.

Sad to hear this story. :(
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It is so sad to read of such a needless death like this. Before I got stuck in Tucson I always put my cat in the tow vehicle before moving the slides and kept him there until the slides were set after stopping.
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Old 08-06-2013, 01:17 AM   #5
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When moving our slides we check for cats, then I stand right beside the switch just in case. Since we have 6 cats we do have to watch where they ALL are.
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