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Forum Name: Camping with pets
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Topic: cat travel
Posted By: hogone
Subject: cat travel
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 8:17am
heading out in a couple weeks for a 10 day trip. my wife wants to bring the cat, I don't. if we do, what can I expect as far as the traveling goes? unlike a dog, when and where does the cat go to the bathroom? what am I getting myself into overall? hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD



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Posted By: osage
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 9:26am
we took our cat to Alaska and back no trouble. we kept a litter under the back seat of the pickup for daytime  and one in the pod when camped  work for us and the cat.


Posted By: TheBum
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 11:20am
It depends on the cat. The one we've taken camping isn't too fond of being locked up in a carrier, but it's unsafe to let them have free roam of the TV. My wife typically sits in the back seat to calm the cat (out of the carrier) while I drive.

A 13x9 aluminum foil cake pan makes a good litter box that's cheap and disposable.


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 11:39am
Henry, the camping cat, goes with us everywhere. From Canada to Florida to Maine and lots of points between. The vast majority of the time, he sleeps on passenger lap. Sometimes, he'll get up to navigate.



While traveling, he will use his box in the back of the TV. I modified the locker behind the bathroom to accommodate his box when camping.







Henry really likes to have his staff (us) with him at all times. After paying a fairly steep price for leaving him at home with a sitter, we made accommodations to bring him along. He holds a grudge for days! He really seems to enjoy the pod. I figure it's just a big comfy cage to him and we are his captured human staff for his enjoyment. He is fun to have along.





fred








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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 11:44am
This is what the back of our pod looks like after some fairly extensive mods. Henry's bathroom door can be seen. More in my sig link.






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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 12:25pm
I guess its not so much once where there, its the traveling I worry about!! hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 1:17pm
Yeah, I understand. For short trips (like to vet), Henry rides in a soft carrier. Longer trips, he gets the full TV, but prefers just to sit (sleep) on passenger pillow lap.

I would suggest just taking him/her on some short trips in the TV to see how he handles it. Henry complains (vocally) about his carrier, but isn't violent. Our previous cat turned into a pretty dangerous devil-cat when she saw the carrier. Henry is the definition of a lap-cat. That's his safe place.

We just carry Henry's litter box in the back of the TV. He knows where it is and uses it when he needs to. We are lucky, I guess, because he really doesn't seem to mind traveling in the TV and especially likes rest stops - talking to anyone who walks by. Perhaps he is asking for passerbys to call 911, but he doesn't try to escape.

fred




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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: TheBum
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 1:36pm
We have a couple of 4-month-old kittens that are going on their first camping trip this weekend. We hope that by getting them used to it early in life, they'll deal with it better when they're older.

We'll have to consider your solutions for litter box location though.


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 2:02pm
my truck is a 2 door model, and I think that's what im struggling with. really no place for the cat to roam or litter box. hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 4:08pm
Originally posted by hogone

my truck is a 2 door model, and I think that's what im struggling with. really no place for the cat to roam or litter box. hogone

I see the problem. I do know some cats will travel in a carrier for quite a long time. A niece of mine just brought her cat back from Singapore in a carrier on the plane. I think drugs may have been involved. If we tried that with Henry, I'm sure he would embarrass us.

The only other option, I guess, is to let the cat drive and you get in the back! Smile







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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: Leo B
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 8:03pm
Can't do worse than some I have seen LOL

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Leo and Melissa
2015 179 prev 2010 171
2017 Ford F 150 Supercab 5.0
2013 Dodge Grand Caravan


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 21 Mar 2017 at 8:10pm
i dont want to make this a negative post, trust me.  any bad cat trips out there?  hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: TheBum
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 12:00pm
Originally posted by fwunder


The only other option, I guess, is to let the cat drive and you get in the back! Smile


Just make sure that cat's name isn't Toonces.


Posted By: mcarter
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 4:14pm
Hogone,

No negatives:) My wife has an affectionate side for strays. Maybe why she married me. We currently have a feral cat, that has in my wife's mind been converted to house cat. Her name is "Kitty", I call her "Marie Laveau", I think she's possessed. She is an incredible mole, mouser and squirrel controller. I can't imagine taking her camping, because she comes and goes as she pleases, and normally comes home to eat or present me with what she hunted that day. Actually a very good cat, but the epitome of a free spirit. We have an English Bulldog we do take with us, the difference being he listens. Kind of.

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Mike Carter
2015 178
" I had the right to remain silent, I just didn't have the ability."


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 22 Mar 2017 at 8:33pm
just worried on trip down and back; love "thing" ; ya that's his name; ok, guess hes en route to the beach.   go badgers!!   hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: birderdiane526
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2017 at 1:06pm
We full-time in a 179 with 1 5 year old cat and 2 older kittens. Our cat has always ridden in our TV. He settles down on a cardboard scratching "recliner" and sleeps or looks out the window. When we first traveled with the kittens they were together in a crate. A few weeks ago, we decided to let them out of the crate and now they also are free to move about. One kitten cries off and on during our travels, but settles down after a bit. The other kitten is fine. We bought two more of the cardboard "recliners" so all 3 have one. We keep a litter box and water and treats in the TV. Overall it is pretty uneventful. We keep harnesses and leashes on each category so it's easy to grab them if they try to escape. Two of the 3 like the outdoors so we'll walk them a bit at rest stops.


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Diane and Michael
2016 179 "PIP" (PODDING IN PARADISE)
2007 Toyota Tundra
BLOG:Podding in Paradise,
birderdiane526.blogspot.com


Posted By: TheBum
Date Posted: 29 Mar 2017 at 2:47pm
Based on the way our two kittens tear around, I'd be afraid to have them loose in the TV. One likes to use me as an obstacle, digging in his rather sharp rear claws to push off as he traverses me. It's not something I'd like to happen in traffic especially.


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 30 Mar 2017 at 7:46am
well I guess its a go. ill let you know the story when I return!! hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: codycountry
Date Posted: 02 Apr 2017 at 7:36pm
Just a suggestion for your Rpod cat travels. 
No hard feelings, I hope. 

http://www.rulingcatsanddogs.com/funny-pet-picture-19-cat-carrier-joke-Tabby-Tote-domestic-animals-humor-pic.htm


Posted By: hogone
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2017 at 7:13am
trip complete with thing the cat.  hes a traveling and camping machine.  hogone

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Jon & Pam
2013 RP177
2010 F150
2009 HD Lowrider
CHEESEHEAD


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2017 at 2:52pm
Alright! Congrats!






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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: birderdiane526
Date Posted: 09 Apr 2017 at 5:29pm
Glad it has worked out so well!! 🐱

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Diane and Michael
2016 179 "PIP" (PODDING IN PARADISE)
2007 Toyota Tundra
BLOG:Podding in Paradise,
birderdiane526.blogspot.com


Posted By: TheBum
Date Posted: 25 Apr 2017 at 2:46pm
Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our 13-year-old cat this morning. He's been in poor health and continued to go downhill even with medication, so it was time to put him to rest. He was the first cat we ever took camping. While he didn't really enjoy the trips getting there, he found himself some comfy spots in the Pod to snooze in and windows from which to watch the critters outside.

Fortunately, we have twin 5-month-old kittens that did great in their first and only outing and we look forward to taking them on more trips. They love chasing each other around our 179, including on the shelf we installed over the bed.


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 8:00am
Sorry to hear about your loss, but happy to hear you got a couple of young camping fur balls.

fred


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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: birderdiane526
Date Posted: 26 Apr 2017 at 11:26pm
So sorry for your loss. We travel full-time with 3 cats and they also like the shelf over our bed!

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Diane and Michael
2016 179 "PIP" (PODDING IN PARADISE)
2007 Toyota Tundra
BLOG:Podding in Paradise,
birderdiane526.blogspot.com


Posted By: layne
Date Posted: 03 May 2017 at 1:21pm
I really like the mod you made for Henry.  I will have to look carefully at our 179 and see if something like that is possible.  What did you trim the opening with?  

 


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Laynes
early 2017, 179
Honda Ridgeline 2012
+ 1 stupid cat


Posted By: fwunder
Date Posted: 03 May 2017 at 3:36pm
Originally posted by layne

I really like the mod you made for Henry.  I will have to look carefully at our 179 and see if something like that is possible.  What did you trim the opening with?  

Hi layne,

The grommet edging I used came from a family member in the business. It is equivalent to this:

https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Trim-Black-Small-Length/dp/B00KG9BAY0 - https://www.amazon.com/Edge-Trim-Black-Small-Length/dp/B00KG9BAY0

Hope that helps.

fred


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2014 RPod 178 => https://goo.gl/CV446f - MyMods and Buying Habits
2008 4Runner Limited 4.0-liter V6


Posted By: layne
Date Posted: 03 May 2017 at 4:37pm
Thanks so much.  


Posted By: Mamajo
Date Posted: 05 Oct 2017 at 2:55pm
We took our cat on a 10 day trip recently. He is a half-wild indoor/outdoor cat who will not allow anyone but me to touch him. Leaving him alone really upsets him so now we take him. I give him tranquilizers that I get from our vet - they just mellow him a little. He endures two walks a day on a harness and spends the rest of the time fairly content. He uses a cat box which I scoop frequently.  Oh, and after listening to him yell for hours, we decided he travels in the trailer, in his crate. Not ideal but better than the alternative.


Posted By: layne
Date Posted: 05 Oct 2017 at 3:38pm
Your story sounds familiar.  We have been podding several times with our cat and he has finally adjusted to life in the Pod but not as thrilled with a moving car.  If I am not holding him he meows. He is a big talker.   Also, he has tried to escape from our truck though he never tries to escape from the Pod.  We have had some scary moments where he squeezed out of a slightly opened window and took off running.  Now we leash him to the arm rest when we have stopped.

The other night we were in Canyonlands National Park, Utah and it was at night and he was next to the window and let out a few meows.  Something outside our Pod growled a response.  Shocked  He quieted down.   


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Laynes
early 2017, 179
Honda Ridgeline 2012
+ 1 stupid cat



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