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RVing with Cats is rewarding, but a few simple tips will make your RV trip more suitable for a cat. Whether you have an indoor cat or one who roams the RV park, this helpful RV advice will get you started. In this article we will cover how to take the best possible care of your indoor cat.

GreenPets
(202) 986-7907
1722 14th Street NW
Washington, DC

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Pet Pantry
(202) 363-6644
4455 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC

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The Big Bad Woof
(202) 291-2404
117 Carroll St., NW
Washington, DC

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Organic Doggy Kitchen
(703) 532-7387
1061B West Broad St
Falls Church, VA

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Happy Woof
(703) 967-0465
10396 Willard Way
Fairfax, VA
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Va. We offer a three tub self serve dog wash
Hours
full service grooming

The Dog Chef
(301) 785-2998
3901 tunlaw rd nw suite 102
Washington, DC

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Max & Ruffy's
(703) 465-4481
PO Box 100605
Arlington, VA

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Aunt Jeni's Home Made
(301) 702-0123
PO Box 124
Temple Hills, MD

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NalaBone Inc. EcoSafe Biodegradable Plastic Bags
(571) 345-4903
3505 Mavis Court
Fairfax, VA

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PETCO
(202) 965-2371
1855 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC
Hours
Monday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Tuesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Wednesday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Thursday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Friday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Saturday: 9:00am-9:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am-6:00pm

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Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

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How to RV with Indoor versus Outdoor Cats


By Julee Meltzer

How to RV with Indoor vs. Outdoor Cats

I have always been torn between letting my cats outside and keeping them in. As a long-time cat lover, I know that cats that stay inside live a lot longer than cats that are let outside. Yet, I have lived in situations where my cats have had a cat door, so I know the happiness that cats find in the outdoors.

In this article we will cover how to take the best possible care of your indoor cat. Then, in the next article we will discuss letting your cat outside. We will also talk about taking your cats along on your next RV trip, whether they are indoor or outdoor cats.

While researching this issue, I typed in the term “indoor cats” into Google and I got half a million results! I did find an Indoor Cat Initiative sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. They have some nice recommendations on how to keep your indoor cat interested, happy, and healthy. They have a great checklist that covers the basics for indoor cats; here is an excerpt of the list with my comments for how we apply them to RV cats and for stays in an RV park with your cat.

Litter Boxes

Obviously, finding a place in your RV for the litter box is the number one job for cat owners. We kept ours in the shower for years, but I got tired of moving it out and cleaning up the floor of the shower every time I wanted to take a shower. So, now it is in the vanity area, taking up the entire space in front of the bathroom sink. In other words, no matter where you put a litter box in an RV, it will probably be in someone’s way. Incidentally, cats are inherently lazy and here is why I know that. When we lived in a large house, we had four litter boxes strategically located throughout the house for our cats. And, every time one of them had to go, they went straight for the nearest box, even if there was another cat already in it and they would have to wait to use it.

There are, of course, some very creative places to put a litter box; we have even had some readers cut a hole in the floor of their motorhome so that the litter box can be placed in the cargo compartment.

Cat Scratching in the RV

This is where I have failed the most with my RV cats. Well actually, one of my cats. She has basically ransacked the entire RV. She has clawed up the carpet in the following areas: the steps, the doghouse, the bedroom floor, and underneath the seats. In addition, she has clawed the edges of the couch and the passenger bucket seat.

At any rate, I figured out way too late that cats need scratching posts in RVs. So, we now buy those little cardboard ones and put it on the floor in front of the shower. Both cats use it at least three times a day. It really works; I just wish I had thought of it before we took our first RV trip with our cats.

Resting Areas in the RV

Until this past summer, we had two dogs and three cats in our RV. Since th...

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