Maggie Pill

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Friday, April 15, 2016

She's NOT Going to Like It

Earlier this year, we became the proud owners of a new camper. The plan is to do some traveling in the months to come, but we struggled with the problem of what to do with Old Cat. As our only remaining pet, she's become a bit of an obsession with us, and we both act completely silly as we try to do whatever she wants us to do, even though she's quite senile and doesn't know herself what she wants.
In the past we've tried boarding, which she hated, but at least she had Alice, her companion cat, then and they could reassure each other. We also tried taking them to relatives' homes, which worked pretty well. Right now, however, all the relatives who would take her have their own pets, and at her advanced age (she's 21) she doesn't adjust well to strangers. We've also left her in the house alone, having a relative stop in every day and check on her. (She seldom saw the cat and judged she was okay solely by the fact that the litter box needed attention.)
Since these trips will be longer, we want her with us, so we're going to introduce her to the camper life. We've got the stages planned out: time with us in the camper while it's parked in the yard, a short trip in the camper to get her used to the motion, and lots of reassurance from Mom and Dad.
Mom hopes she'll understand that this is how she gets to be with us and not get left behind. Dad thinks Mom will end up bloody.


  1. I hope she in amenable to confinement in a cozy cat carrier for short periods. I have traveled for 15 years with a husband and up to 5 Siberian Huskies in an RV for camping and dog shows. My greatest fear was an escape in a strange area while we were distracted. I have become the master (mistress?) of confinement even if it only includes attaching leashes to a seat belt on a built in couch. Make sure "Old Cat" feels safe and comfy in her carrier so you can open the door of the vehicle for gas stops, border crossings, pulling into new campsites, etc. I've had people helping me chase down a dog in a rest stop (slipped the collar), in the transfer from RV to exercise pen (I swear they picked the lock) but the most humorous was a border crossing from Canada back to the USA. The Custom's agent asked to inspect the inside of the RV (40 foot ClassA). We agreed and I went back to secure the dogs leashes. As I opened the door for the agent, the dogs all leaned far forward to greet their new guest. I opened the door, he took one look at the 3 furry faces and said, "Okay, you're cleared." Still smiling about that one.

    1. Well, she didn't like it, but she did okay. We have both a halter and a carrier for her. I can identify with your stories. When Old Cat was Young Cat, she escaped from the car at our hunting camp and spent 9 days in the wilderness. At her age now, that would not be good, so we're determined to keep her safe.