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Advice on Travelling With our 2 Cats


Hi Everyone.

We will be travelling around Australia, once we sell our business, our he has just sold. I have health issues so I want to see as much as I can.  Problem is We were to rehome our cats with our two adult kids but they are not in a position to take them yet as their apartment is too small for 3 people and 2 cats.

The cats are not keen on other human company as most cats and prefer to keep to themselves and us. I have read up on as much as I can even on this forum and it sounds to me not to be too fussy as long as I dont fuss too much which would be the case. As at home they will be confined to the Caravan and annex area as well as a playpen for sunny days and of course leashes and harnesse. Problem is how many places accept cats under the conditions I have just explained?

Thanks in advance

Ronnie



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Take your cats with you, mate. They are family.

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I have a personal opinion that cats should not be taken into the bush, Notwithstanding, I am aware that there are some that adore their feline friends and must have them with themselves.
As long as your Mates, are certified as de-sexed, can accept being harnessed at all times whilst out of your vehicle or caged, you shouldn't have too many obstacles taking them along.
Many caravan parks will not allow your feline pets even though they advertise as pet friendly - so you will need to ring ahead and speak to the proprietor/s (not just a receptionist). National Parks will be definitely off your visit list unless you just walk in to see a particular attraction. I am uncertain of the State Border Regulations concerning cats you will need to check all differing State Regulators. There are also the problems associated with Feline Calicivirus you will need to be aware of en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feline_calicivirus also take care in remote areas that your animals don't pick up Baits laid for wild dogs, the areas that baits are laid are Regulated to be adequately signposted but there are many areas that don't have signage.
Enjoy your travels and be aware that there are many out there that will berate you for having Cats on board.

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Thanks Heaps for you advice Spook and Possum3,

The National Parks are most probably out for me anyway as I am disabled by way of brain injury and I am limited to what I do. Our trip will be our first and last for me so Ill leave the NP to my hubby for another time when Im not around.

Thanks for clearing up the Pet Friendly advertising at C/parks as I was wandering about that. Most places you read about only ever mention dogs. We have not planned a path to take as we decided to just follow the sun and take our time. We are expecting Chad our boy and Tinker our very Timid girl to be unsettled at first but I have pills for them to keep them calm and I am plannng a visit to the vet for a check up before we go.

Thanks again and travel safe

Ronnie

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We saw an incident with a cat in a caravan park.
We were out in western Qld last year in a park and their was an elderly couple there that had a cat. The park rules seemed to be a bit slack and there was some dogs that seemed to be free to roam around.
Unfortunately one of the dogs took a disliking to the cat and decided to chase the cat. The cat ran away out of the park and the owner of the dog called it back and tied it up.
Sadly for the elderly couple the cat did not come back, we were there for a day or two after that incident and the couple were distraught that the cat was gone. The dog owner gave an impression that he thought it was funny that his dog chased the cat away.
It was suggested to the couple to wait at the park until the dog and the owners left and then the cat might come back. We dont know what happened in the end because we moved on.
What we have noticed in our travels is that there are many people with animals who arent responsible enough to control them.
Just because a park has rules doesnt mean that these rules will be obeyed. If you take your cats on your trip just be aware of other owners and their animals may not be following the on the lead or tied up rule.

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Hi Angie, apologies for the delay in reading about the incident you witnessed. I hope the couple got their cat back Maybe it did come back when the dog was gone..

When I left I was given the very sad news that my older cat has cancer but since then he appears ok and it may just be they got it all from his foot but it remains in his system. The vet said its not the aggressive kind but it could take him anytime or he could go on.
Our little girl Tinker is feeling anxious but slowly getting braver for me to put her harness on to take her out at night but Im not going to push it.

Safe Travels

Ronnie (Veronica)

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Hello ronjons

We took our cat (from 13 to 16 years old) with us on a few trips, and had no problems

But....

Always had a harness on, (two leads length tied to the table leg), she had enough slack to reach the driver and/or passenger seat, and her dirt tray at the rear

We only took her outside (with the harness still on), while carrying her

Never went to many caravan parks, and never asked if animals were allowed

We would just tell her to keep a low profile, and stay quiet

She always gave the same answer biggrinbiggrin Me! How? biggrinbiggrin



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What I wonder is:
How they tolerate long car trips?
What do you do with them when you want to go off somewhere (particularly if it's warm/hot)? Lock them in the caravan with the windows and vents open (but locked)?

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IMAG0145_BURST002.jpgI have been traveling with 2 cats for over 6 months now. Both are fully harnessed at all times. Secured to the seat belts in the car. Both will walk on the leads but the female is not keen on it. The male is slowly getting used to the idea & likes to get out and explore sometimes. I am always wary of loose dogs. Unfortunately I have seen loose dogs in most parks. You just have to keep an eye out for them. The travelling has not really been an issue although they can get a little bored & want attention after a while.
I also built a small cage which attaches to the caravan boot & made a doorway from the van ino the boot so that they can get out of the val without being tied up. The Male cat loves to lay in this & watch the world go by.
So far I have been refused access to 1 park, In southern Victoria. The rest have been fine once I have told them that the cats are on a leash or fastened in the van all the time.
I have noticed a surprising amount of cats traveling since I have been on the road.
Oh and as for the story of the runaway. Both cats have escaped the van on more than one occasion ( Cats are good at that ) & both have been chased by dogs. But both also know that the Caravan is home and do not leave the immediate area around the van except if chased . ( both by my daughters dogs ) They normally wait until the coast is clear & return to the safety of the van.



-- Edited by Stuart-Jan on Saturday 26th of May 2018 04:09:15 PM

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Usually, cats show calmness and absolutely good behaviour, that's why I think it should be a not hard procedure. But depends on your cat's behaviour of course;)

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Thanks for all your input. Well so far so good with 1 cat.Tinker is her name, she is a well behaved cat, hates the harness and doesn't like people or noise and there is a lot of it in caravan parks.

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We have a 17 year old cat that has been on the road with us for 26 months.

SHe is on a lead and likes to scratch a tree. Also I lead her and follows like a puppy.

Travels in the van (including Tasmania ferry) just sleeps. Does not like travelling in the car.

Also have a large collapsible cage if the are dogs or eagles around.

Makes a good bed warmer in cold weather too.

We mostly free camp and don't do national parks.

p.s. This I my 2nd attempt to post this as net crashed so it might appear twice.



-- Edited by Snippy on Wednesday 18th of July 2018 03:24:26 PM

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Thanks for your replies. Wow 17 year old cat is a good age. If you see this again please put up a pic!. Ive left one here of my Tinker and Chad (he is not with us yet) Chaf has cancer so we are waiting to see what we do once the business sells. 
Cheers
Ronnie



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Our younger cat Tinker has the behaviour skills of a trained dog. She will follow me once around the toilet block and back to out van without any issues. 



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Actually they are the good friends for us, if I were you, I'll take them together. But just keep them in the cape on the RVs. Maybe a bit noisy.

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Hi Monica,

 

Agree it does get noisy so we do keep her in. Sometimes when it all goes quiet we go out so she can stretch her legs and get some fresh air. Because she is generally obedient except when my hubby interferes by stirring her up!!



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