Since the day we started the full-time RV lifestyle, one of our most asked questions is how we keep our cats from scratching furniture in our RV. Trust me, it’s not easy simply because it’s a cat’s natural instinct to use their claws for everything; from grabbing food, snagging their prey, climbing, and self soothing. But, there are useful ways to help prevent them from clawing up your RV furniture without harming them.
For those who think that the full-time RV lifestyle is a perpetual vacation living in the lap of luxury, let’s just say, that’s a big fat lie! There are challenges you better be ready for. If you don’t believe me, you’ll want to read about the day we almost quit RVing after driving our own highway to hell.
Dogs or cats love to go camping! After all, they want to be a part of your journey too. But, as pet owners, it’s our responsibility to practice simple camping pet etiquette to not allow our dogs and cats become a nuisance to other campers. So, how do we make our pets feel more welcome without annoying our camping neighbors?
When downsizing from our Kentucky home to our RV, we knew we’d have lots of challenges ahead. But those challenges become a whole other ball of yarn when it’s come to RVing with cats. From where to put the litter box to finding their favorite napping spots in our RV, we had to re-learn it all. We had to figure out how to accommodate their needs as well as create an environment where we all can survive. We’re living proof that you can RV with cats and want to share our experiences on the road as full-time RVers.
The question is how do you keep your pets cool and comfortable in your RV when it’s the hot outside? An RV or camper can get hot really fast in the summer. So, it’s important to take certain safety precautions when leaving your pet alone in your motorhome or towable RV when you leave your RV to go exploring.
I met Paul and Heather Ryan while I was attending the RV Entrepreneur Summit in Fredericksburg, Texas in February 2018. Heather gave a tax presentation that I sat in on. Getting to know her a little by asking tax questions which then led to our stories of our RV traveling pets who have special needs. Our stories resonated with each other. I told her about Krissie’s diabetes and she shared her story about their pup, Suji. I felt Suji’s journey needed to be told.
A cat scratch post is a must have when you have cats in your house. But, because they take up space, trying to find the right one in an RV or small space can be a challenge. Anyone who owns a cat knows if you don’t provide a place for your kitties to scratch, your furniture and carpets will suffer the consequences.
Throughout our RV and camping travel adventures, we’ve taken note of some really cool camping gear for dogs and cats. They like to go camping or enjoy the great outdoors just like us so why not set them up with their own gear so they can go!