- I love their independent nature maybe because I share this love of independence and we co-exist together wonderfully.
- I love the way they beckon you to share in their world while leading you to believe it was your idea.
- I love the single-mindedness they show whether hunting or curling up for a nap in your lap.
My cats have approached time in Lolita (my home on wheels) each in their own way. Emmit, my male kitty companion marched right in when I left the door open, like he owned the place and checked every corner, nook and cranny out before curling up for a nap. Spook on the other hand, wanted no part of coming into the trailer so I carried her into the trailer and set her down on the couch beside me. She immediately sprung from window to window, frantically looking for a way to escape, tearing screens on the windows in the process. Clearly, she will require considerable preparation before travel date.
I am scouring blogs looking for hints that have made traveling with cats in small spaces a pleasurable and safe journey. I am also using my time while preparing for life on the road to ready my feline companions for their life of adventure. Here are some of the things we are doing to prepare.
Cat Harness and leads Kitties are getting harness ready. On days at home I am placing kitties in a harness with no lead attached as a way for them to get used to having the harness on. It is hysterical to watch their reaction to their safety harness. When putting on the harness they protest loudly and then refuse to move, laying flat as a pancake on the floor. Gradually they forget the indignation, hunger wins out and they resume their activities. Next day, same result....
I am in the process of trying out different harnesses for the kits. I have added additional straps to other harnesses prevent the harness from tightening around the cats neck for safety. I only use the harness when I am present to supervise and as a safety mechanism for safely transitioning such as going from the door to tent or truck.
The one that I am happiest with to date is, Come With Me Kitty, Harness and Bungee Leash. I am not sure this is THE one but eventually we will find the right one.
Now if I can get one of my cats to go for a walk, I will be in heaven!
Cats love to scratch. My experience has taught me that I need to provide them a fun place to scratch or they will find their own.
|Emmit patiently waiting his turn|
Collapsible Travel Crate Every cat needs their own collapsible crate - since space is always a consideration each cat will need their own travel space to contain the kitty independent nature on the road. Travel time in the tow vehicle and trailer door openings need to be planned for, to prevent unsecured escapes. I am also using their travel crates as a way to expose them to new environments in their familiar cocoon. A hard bodied crate may be needed to contain a frightened or determined escape artist, at least in the 'training' phase.
Beds and hiding places
On of my kitties loves to sleep in a kitty bed, another likes to sleep either on me or my bed with me. Most kitties also like a hidden place to hang out for a nap. A blanket, collapsible kitty tent, or taking alone a kitty bed satisfies their need for a cozy personal space and contains cat hair too.
|ABO Gear Happy Habitat|
Cat boxes Cat litter boxes are necessary for traveling kitties. Deciding on the one that fits your needs and lifestyle is an individual choice. The Omega self-cleaning box is receiving rave reviews and is the one that we will be using on the road.
The Roll’n Clean, Self-Cleaning Litter Box works best with clumping and silica litters. Simply roll the litter box to the right until the top touches the floor then roll it back to the upright position. Inside, a unique patented screen separates the clean litter from the clumped waste – putting all the waste into the scoop. Pull out the scoop and dispose the waste into a plastic bag lined five gallon bucket with a lid to contain odors until disposal. It’s that easy!
|The scoop on how it works!|
I will be cutting a hole in a on the cupboard door lowest to the floor to allow the cat to enter the cat box to do business. This will prevent cat litter from spilling out into the hallway or me accidentally stepping into the cat box. What is not to love!
Like all aspects of living on the road I expect that my ideas will change with time. New products or insights from other road travelers will change how the kitties and I cope with the challenges on the road.
I'll keep you posted on how these ideas and products work for us.
I would love to know other feline road travelers hints and what works for you. Share this with the cat lovers you know. Come on and share. We all want to know what works!
Dogs have owners, Cats have staff.