Perhaps you were looking at the latest rigs at our Alberta RV Dealership and started wondering where your four-legged furry friend would ride. I don’t mean Fido or Butch or any critters of the puppy variety. I’m talking about that couch-potato that reigns over your brick-and-mortar domain with strategically issued purrs and looks that could melt glass under the right circumstances. That’s right; I’m talking about traveling with your cat.
Cats and Small Spaces
Cats are curious. Cats can also squeeze themselves into unbelievably small spaces. Cats also believe they are the boss. From a cat’s point of view, any nook and cranny in your RV is fair game. The spaces you most want to keep them out of are also the most attractive.
For example, some RVs with slides have gaps under the slides when they are pulled in. If a folding bed is part of a slide, the cat might get under the bed through one of the gaps. That means no putting out the slide until the cat decides to make an appearance, for fear of injuring the cat.
The best scenario is to keep the cat in his carrier until you are set up for the night, with the slides already out. Again, check the model and make sure there are no tempting gaps even when the slides are out. A few well-placed pillows or obstacles blocking any gaps can help, sort of an out-of-sight, out-of-mind approach.
Another place to look for your missing cat is in any long, deep cupboards. Napping behind the supply of toilet paper appears most appealing. Cuddling up in any open drawer or in the overhead bed or entertainment space also appears to be high on the how-to-annoy-my-human list.
The Cat Carrier
Cat carriers come in handy. While on the road they keep your cat from getting between your foot and the brake pedal and from using your new motorhome as a giant jungle-gym. Get one that is big enough, put in a comfy blanket and a couple of your cat’s favourite toys and usually they will settle in. Some do serenade you for a while, but that usually ends after they figure out nothing bad is going to happen to them. Don’t be surprised, or insulted, if your cat chooses to spend the night in the open carrier rather than in your bed. Pussycat will still come stomp on your chest to remind you that it’s time for breakfast and you need to get-up-already.
The Litter Box
The big question is, where do you put the litter box? The modern ones have lids so that does minimize the mess. Special pads placed in front of the litter box opening keep the kitty litter from being tracked all through your RV. Using a kitty litter brand that takes care of unpleasant smells and keeping the box clean works wonders.
The size of your RV, as well as your preference, will determine where that litter box ends up. The bathroom is the ideal location. Putting it in the shower works well as long as you put a towel or pad down to keep stray bits of kitty litter from getting into the grey water tank. They don’t call it clumping kitty litter for nothing. If you have a bedroom that closes off, putting the kitty litter box in an out-of-the-way corner also works.
To Stop or Not to Stop
Once cats get used to traveling in a carrier, they usually sleep most of the time. Your cat will let you know when it’s time for a potty or munchie break. If loud purrs don’t work then plaintive pay-attention-to-me meows soon follow. You wanted to stop for lunch anyway, didn’t you?