Well we have been adopted by a cute little black kitten. She found us at Memphis City Park in Memphis, Texas so of course her name is Memphis. She stole our hearts so now we have a kitten on board. We have found over the last few days a few tips for RV cats. With little room on board our Class B motorhome we found ways of making things work. There is no need to go out and spend a bunch of money on fancy toys because they lose interest so fast. So we go cheap and here are our Top 10 RV tips for cat owners.
- An empty toilet paper roll with a string is an idea toy. Actually anything on a string will work. We hang is from the towel rack in the bathroom and she enjoys batting it around the bathroom.
- Memphis loves to play with a lighter. On our vinyl floors she can move that thing like nobody’s business. She runs up and down the rig like a skater on ice.
- Believe it or not a rolled up pair of socks makes for some good entertainment and keeps her occupied. Sometimes she carries it around like a baby.
- A scratching post of some sort is an essential if you want to preserve your rig. We bought the cardboard type but a really creative idea comes from Always on Liberty another nomad and cat lover.
- Odor free cat litter is a must. In a small rig smells are very noticeable so the choice of cat litter is a big decision . We find that the 10 day guarantee really is 10 days with cleaning everyday.
- To keep her attention sometimes we play with a flashlight which has a strobe light function. The simple things in life give us and our kitten so much pleasure.
- This might sound a little strange but she needs a harness and a leash to be accepted in most RV parks even if she is an indoor cat if she leaves the rig she has to be on a leash. Training a cat to walk with a harness and leash is a great learning and patience experience.
- Our rig came with a built in toilet paper cover but for all you folks that don’t have one here are a few covered toilet paper dispensers . Believe me you’ll need one. After leaving the little angel alone for 30 minutes we came back to a whole roll of paper all over the bathroom. Now we make sure to close the dispenser every time. That RV toilet paper is expensive.
- Make sure to get the right food for your purrticular the loved one. There is a difference between a kitten and a cat and their food needs are different too. We bought indoor kitten food for her and plan to upgrade as she grows.
- For safety reasons it is best to have your cat travel in a cat carrier and make sure you have emergency information written on the carrier. Leaving your cat in the rig is a concern because of the heat but with the right ventilation and a pet monitor to keep an eye on your pet while you are gone it gives you a little piece of mind.
We hope this helps with your travels. It seems like a daunting task to take a little on board but the joy they give you is well worth any effort.