Traveling with Pets
Have Kitties - Will Travel
We began taking Savannah Rose and Dakota Blue with us when they were kittens. They enjoy looking out the window in the car and in the RV. They find the birds and dogs in the campground quite amusing. We even have a leash and they love exploring the campsite. This may not be the case with all cats if they have never taken a trip before and see no need to begin now.
The nice part is not having to walk them when it's cold or raining to do their business, we can stay snug inside. The litter box is really no problem in the RV or the vehicle.
Your cat may need to be introduced gradually to the car and RV but it can be done and there are quite a few cats out there traveling with their folks. If your cat is not a traveler, load him up in the carrier and take a few short trips until he becomes used to the noise. Our kitties both walk on a leash and we make sure they follow the park rules.
Savannah and Dakota travel quite well in the car and either sleep or look out the window at all the cars. We also take them biking with us and they ride in their stroller. Folks seem to get a kick out of seeing cats in a stroller and they always love the attention.
We do have to be careful in the summer and not let them get over heated. This is really hard on cats and can make them quite sick.
It's important for your kitties to be up-to-date on all shots and have their shot record with you when camping. The campsite can ask to see their record at any time. We make sure our kitties always wear their collars with tag and they also have a microchip.
I had been told that the training procedure with cats was difficult. It's not. Mine had me trained in two days. ~Bill Dana
Traveling with Dogs
Traveling with dogs is usually easier than traveling with cats and most dogs love to go wherever you go. This picture is Santana riding on his human's boat and he also loved to ride on their motorcycle.
Know your park's rules for pets and often that means a six-foot leash is required at all times. Remember to be kind to your neighbor and pick up all waste and dispose properly.
We all feel more comfortable with our own things and it's the same for your pooch so be sure to bring toys and bedding from home so they feel comfortable camping. Bring their brush/comb and check thoroughly for ticks when camping in the woods and hiking on trails. Never leave your dog tied and unattended outside of your campsite. This is just cruel and the barking disturbs neighbors and wildlife. If you must leave your dog for a few hours, leave them in the RV with the air conditioning or heat and their favorite bed.
When you arrive at your campsite, walk the site boundaries with your dog and let him get used to the area. If the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it's probably too hot for your furry friend's paws. Keep plenty of fresh water available for your dog to stay hydrated. I prefer water from home or filtered water so poochie doesn't get sick. Food should be removed immediately if fed outside so ants or other wildlife won't have a feast.
It's important for your dog to be up-to-date on all shots and have their shot record with you when camping. The campsite can ask to see their record at any time. Be sure your dog always wears their collar with tag and it's a good idea to have a microchip.
It's much more fun to take your dog with you than leave them at home or in a boarding kennel. They usually love to travel and enjoy being active.
Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” - Roger A. Caras
SUMMARY OF PET RULES
Our perfect companions never have fewer than four feet. ~Colette
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