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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.

Lake Mitchell Campground (City Park)*
(605) 995-8457
1300 N Main
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
Apr 15-Oct 31
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Grills, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Groceries
Recreation
Rec Room, Lake Swimming, Boating, Canoeing, Lake Fishing, Playground, Horseshoes, Hiking Trails

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R & R Campground & RV Park
(605) 996-8895
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
15-May thru 30-Sep
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Ice, Laundry
Recreation
Pool, Wading Pool, Play Equipment, Golf Nearby

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RonDee's RV Park
(866) 747-2267
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
May thru Oct
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, RV Storage, Fire Rings, Ice, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Wading Pool, Hot Tub, Golf Nearby

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Famil E Fun Campground
(800) 421-7116, (605) 996-8983
25473 403rd Avenue
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
80 Total Camp/RV Sites, 80 Electric and Water, 60 Full Hookups,

PETCO
(605) 361-5095
3110 South Louise Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
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-7:00pm

Famil-E-Fun Campground
(605) 996-8983
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
1-Apr thru 1-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station
Policies
Escort to Site, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Rec Hall, Rec Room, Coin Games, Pool, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Horseshoes, Basketball, Volleyball, Golf Nearby, Sports Field

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Mitchell KOA
(800) 562-1236
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
1-May thru 3-Nov
Services
Standard Flush, Basins, Hot Showers, Dump Station, Non Guest Dumping Allowed
Policies
Escort to Site, Partial Handicap Access, Accomodates Big Rigs, Family Camp, Clubs Welcome, Pets OK
Additional Facilities
Picnic Tables, RV Supplies, Fire Rings, Ice, Wood, Laundry, Limited Grocery
Recreation
Pool, Play Equipment, Mini Golf, Bike Rentals, Horseshoes, Golf Nearby

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RonDees Campground
(800) 421-7116, (605) 996-0769
I-90 Exit 32
Mitchell, SD
Campground Availability
49 Total Camp/RV Sites, 49 Electric and Water,

PetSmart
(605) 341-4488
925 Disk Drive
Rapid City, SD
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

PetSmart
(605) 323-0111
2818 S. Louise Avenue
Sioux Falls, SD
Hours
Monday - Friday: 9:00-9:00
Sunday: 10:00-6:00

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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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