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Old 05-19-2022, 06:22 PM   #1
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Newbie traveling with kittens

Iím sorry for such a long and rambling post.

I was very happy to see all the posts about traveling with cats. We have 3 kittens, a 10 month old male, and two 8 month old females, all from different liters. The kittens are rescued feral kittens. We also have 2 senior female Border Collies. All five fur babies are chipped. The Borders took over all the mommy duties other than bottle feeding the two youngest kittens, which I did every 2 hours until they were old enough to eat on their own.

One of the many reasons we bought a small class A and are selling our 39' travel trailer is so we all can be together while we travel. The Ďgirlsí (Border Collies) are wonderful travelers and I have no worries about them. We know where to put kitten food and litter boxes, so the Ďgirlsí donít help themselves to it, and they all drink out of the same water dish, so that is not a problem. I have no worries about that.

I do not know how the kitties will handle the moving coach. We have been putting their harness on them and bringing them into the couch for a little while every day, hoping to get them used to the new smells and layout. The male kitten has no problem hanging out in the coach. One of the females is not happy about the camper but is beginning to tolerate it. The youngest tries to escape as soon as we close the door.

I am open to all suggestions on how we can help our 2 females relax before we take our first test drive with them. I will be doing the majority of the driving due to hubby's illness. Hubby has been driving tractor trailers and all types of coaches for many decades and he is a wonderful teacher. Since I'm new to driving (I drove the coach for the first time yesterday) and need lots of practice before we take our first trip, worrying about the kitties is adding another layer of stress to my learning process.

Thank you so much for any advice you can share with me.
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If your cat is like mine she has a favorite place where she sleeps. Mine has a small sheepskin rug she lies on. I put it in the coach. And she felt safe and adjusted very quickly. You may want to find a similar object you can put in your RV so they will feel at home. It worked for my cat.
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I started training our cat (RIP) at 8 weeks. Golf cart rides, car rides, bicycle ride. She learned to love any thing with wheels, and was a great traveler. Started leash training at about 12 weeks, she heals as well as a show dog. Take it slow and often, they are very smart and want to please. She was my best friend for 16 years.
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We travel with 2 cats and 2 dogs. We keep the cats in their crates while we are in motion and they stay there until we are parked, the slides are out, and we make sure any access areas we donít want them into are sealed up. We use 4 inch soft foam pieces stuffed into slide areas, bed areas, etc. they shouldnít be getting into. I have plastic lattice pieces Iíve cut to fit around the dashboard to keep them from climbing up inside, before doing this one of our cats got in there and disconnected my backup camera wiring.
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I started training our cat (RIP) at 8 weeks. Golf cart rides, car rides, bicycle ride. She learned to love any thing with wheels, and was a great traveler. Started leash training at about 12 weeks, she heals as well as a show dog. Take it slow and often, they are very smart and want to please. She was my best friend for 16 years.
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I wish I had also started them earlier getting used to motorized vehicles. They are still young and it is time to start getting them used to the car, other than going to vet. Today they will all go for a ride.

Thank you for reminding me to do what I should have known all along.

Helping a loved fur baby pass over is the most difficult part of having fur babies. I am sorry for the loss of your kitty
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We travel with 2 cats and 2 dogs. We keep the cats in their crates while we are in motion and they stay there until we are parked, the slides are out, and we make sure any access areas we donít want them into are sealed up. We use 4 inch soft foam pieces stuffed into slide areas, bed areas, etc. they shouldnít be getting into. I have plastic lattice pieces Iíve cut to fit around the dashboard to keep them from climbing up inside, before doing this one of our cats got in there and disconnected my backup camera wiring.
I didn't think about cat proofing the slides. I was debating having them in a kennel or just in the bedroom with the door closed. AGGGG never thought about blocking them from the driving area. So grateful for your advise. Will definitely block that area when we are driving.

Thank you so much!
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I removed the connection between the entry door and screen door, when the entry door opens the screen door remains closed. No one escapes!
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If your cat is like mine she has a favorite place where she sleeps. Mine has a small sheepskin rug she lies on. I put it in the coach. And she felt safe and adjusted very quickly. You may want to find a similar object you can put in your RV so they will feel at home. It worked for my cat.
Great idea! I will put one of hubbies tee shirts on the bed for her. He is her person and is most comfortable when he is holding her.
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I removed the connection between the entry door and screen door, when the entry door opens the screen door remains closed. No one escapes!
So many things to take into account traveling with cats I never thought about with our dogs.

Another great idea. I feel so much more comfortable have the babies (well...more like teenagers) with us in the coach.
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