One of the reasons this project has been on hold for a while is the unexpected arrival of my kittens, Luna and Clover.
I have always been a dog person, and a horse person – while I liked cats, I didn’t know much about them and assumed they were aloof, unloving and not particularly good pets.
How glad I am to have been proved entirely, completely and totally wrong!
My kittens are now adult cats – a year and a half old, and as silly and as inquisitive as ever.
But while I wouldn’t change them for the world, I assumed that having them meant shelving or postponing my RV dream.
Turns out I was wrong again – who knew? A chance comment at the day job led me to searching online for other people who travel with cats – and it looks like it’s perfectly possible. (Though I do wonder how my two would take to it – they are possibly the most spoilt pair of pusscats in the world, and I indulge them far too much, really).
These three are clearly happy enough on the road and this thread is full to the brim of happy, cat-owning, RV-travelling people. Some of them even let them out when they get to their night stops, though I’m not sure I’ll ever be brave enough for that – what if I lost them?!
Most advise acclimatising them to being on the move, getting a good litter tray and decent, odour-reducing litter, and then keeping them in but letting them have the run of the vehicle.
A foldable dog crate for when you’re on the move is recommended – space for them to move around but safe, and also (crucially for me in my cautious moments) – if there’s an accident, you can grab the carrier and get out. If your cats have the run of the van on the move, then if there’s an accident they’re likely to hide and you might not be able to get them out in time.
These guys live in an RV and travel full time (with a circus!) – with three cats and a baby. Which I think is amazing.
And this is a fairly comprehensive article, my favourite section of which details the cat’s view that “all RIVs contain dangerous forces that must be exorcised” – I think this is how my girls feel about me every time I get out of the shower and no longer smell acceptable to them!
Given that I’m in the UK, and actually love exploring my own country, and with costs and storage/parking space taken into consideration, I don’t think I need a giant apartment on wheels that I could live in for months with Luna & Clover. But I do like the idea of being able to take them with me for a week so I could travel between multiple friends’ houses rather than either leaving them alone at home, or boarding them in the cattery every time I go away for more than a night.
Another thing to add to my research list, I guess!