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Letting your RV cat outdoors while RVing is controversial because they create outdoor litterboxes of the RV campsite next door and kill birds. But there's more to consider. Letting your RV cat outdoors while you are at an RV campsite is a controversial issue. There are a lot of politics associated with letting RV cats outside, such as your cats using your neighbor's campsite as a litter box, or killing birds and wildlife. In this article, rather than discuss the political hot issues, we will discuss the practical aspects of letting your cat outside while RVing.

PetSmart
(704) 824-5010
3698 E Franklin
Gastonia, NC
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-7:00

RollOver, A Dog and Cat Store
(704) 406-9251
221 South Lafayette Street
Shelby, NC
Products
Dog and Cat Collars, Leashes, Dog and Cat Food, Dog Clothes,
Hours
Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm, Saturday's 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Prices and/or Promotions
www.RollOverPets.com

PetSmart
(704) 824-5010
3698 E Franklin Blvd
GASTONIA, NC

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Happy Dog Cafe & Boutique
(704) 825-5987
26 N Main St # 1
Belmont, NC

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Kings Mountain State Park
(803) 222-3209
York, SC
Campground Availability
Open all Year
Services
Standard Flush, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Control Access Gate, Family Camp, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Laundry
Recreation
Lake Swimming, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Mini Golf, Planned Group Activities, Hiking Trails

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Fins & Critters
(704) 484-0600
1008 Gantt St
Shelby, NC

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Wet Pets
(704) 868-4221
2232 E Franklin Blvd
Gastonia, NC

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Advanced Aquatic Pets
(704) 827-6648
509 Woodlawn Ave
Belmont, NC

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Discount Pet Supplies
(704) 827-5859
100 N Main St
Mount Holly, NC

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PENDLETON'S RV PARK
(704) 300-1573
3322 Polkville Rd
SHELBY, NC
Campground Availability
RV PARK
Services
12 SPACES FULL CONNECT
Policies
OPEN ALL YEAR
Additional Facilities
BARBER SHOP
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NONE

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Letting Your Cat Outdoors While Rving

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Safely Letting Your RV Cat Outdoors While at an RV Campsite


By Julee Meltzer

Letting your RV cat outdoors while you are at an RV campsite is a controversial issue. There are a lot of politics associated with letting RV cats outside, such as your cats using your neighbor's campsite as a litter box, or killing birds and wildlife. In this article, rather than discuss the political hot issues, we will discuss the practical aspects of letting your cat outside while RVing.

Many of you are probably aware that there are many statistics about how long an indoor cat lives versus how long outdoor cats live. Indoor cats live much longer than outdoor cats. However, there are a few caveats that must be taken into consideration in this statistic, such as whether your cat is unsupervised, whether your cat stays out at night, and your location. One source reports that the average lifespan of outdoor cats is only two to five years. Indoor cats can live nearly two decades.

Before we examine ways to let your RV cat out, there is one caveat–––people who live or are staying on busy roads should really never let their cats out without some kind of containment system. I learned that lesson the hard way when my beautiful Siamese cat, Zeus, was hit and killed on a fairly busy road. He would regularly cross the road to get to the ocean beach on the other side. In fact, sometimes, I would go for walks on the beach and look up and there he would be looking back at me from the wild rose bushes surrounding the beach.

Alternatively, there are times when it is probably ok to let your cat out while RVing. For example, I am currently spending the winter in a park in a nice RV campsite in St. Augustine, Florida. My neighbors have three wonderfully spoiled cats that all go outside around the campsite for brief periods every day. Their owners have even created a large covered enclosure for them to stay in for part of every day. These RV cats are happy and healthy and at minimal risk from predators, traffic or diseases.

In fact, seeing these cats lolling about outside actually made me re-think my hard and fast rule that neither of my two cats were allowed outside. My youngest cat, Ginger, is a stray who thinks back on the time she was stray and never wants to repeat that again. So, she has no desire to go outside. But, my older cat, Pickles, has had periods in his life when he was allowed to go outside in the country. Soooo, a few weeks ago, I let him out for the first time since we started full-time RVing, five years ago, around the RV campsite. The first time we let him out, he didn’t come back for two days. I was sincerely regretting my decision and spent the entire time walking around the RV park looking for him. Then one night I opened the door and in he came as if he had only been gone for ten minutes instead of two days.

Now, this really made me re-think whether or not to let him out again. So, I thought about all of the pros and cons and decided...

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