Originally Posted by CBDunkerson
I'm planning to RV part time later this year and hoping to move in to full timing after that, but have wondered how my cat will take to it.
Burglar was an outdoor cat who broke in to my house one night by crawling under the deck and pushing the dryer vent into the house so he could jump down through its exit hole. I tried for months to get him to stay indoors, but he always found (or made) some way out. He once woke me up meowing outside my bedroom window... on the third floor. I still have no idea how he got out/up there. Best I can estimate, he's about 12 years old now, and content to spend most of his time indoors. However, he still likes to go out every day, especially if it is sunny.
Thus, I'd worry that he would 'escape' and I wouldn't be able to find him. The other issue is that every time I have taken him in the car he has cried non-stop the entire way. That might be because we were always going to the vet, which he hates, but doesn't seem like a good sign.
Any tips on helping a cat that is afraid of cars adapt to RVing and/or preventing a houdini cat from wanting to break out?
With Hoops & Perry, this last fall when the weather was nice, I would bring them out with me in the coach while I tinkered around. I'd bring one of their litterboxes with for practicality and something that they would associate with a familiar scent. Id make sure to cuddle & play with them when they were satisfied with exploring.
They loved it. I would bring them out to the coach daily for a couple of hours until the weather got cold.
Come spring I'll resume the conditioning.
Once the coach is finished with all the mods I am doing, Ill start sleeping overnight with them in it.
Then Ill turn on the engine and just let it idle for small periods of time till they get used to that. Then we will progress to taking very short and smooth trips with them.
By then I am hoping they should be acclimated to living in the RV. I have until end of next summer so there will be alot of time.