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Welcome to our comprehensive guide on “Tips for RVing with Cats.” If you’re an adventurous soul who loves hitting the road with your feline companion by your side, you’ve come to the right place. RVing with cats can be an immensely rewarding experience, but it requires careful planning and consideration to ensure the comfort and safety of your furry friend. Whether you’re a seasoned RVer looking to enhance your travels with your cat or a novice preparing for your first adventure together, our expert tips will help you navigate the ins and outs of RVing with cats (and dogs as we travel with 5 of them = 1 cat + 4 dogs)!

In this guide, we’ll cover everything from RV cat care and cat-friendly travel essentials to RV litter box solutions and finding cat-friendly RV parks. From “RVing With Cats” to “Cat Travel Tips” and “Cat Care,” we’ve got you covered with practical advice to make your journey a purr-fectly delightful one. So grab your kitty, pack your bags, and let’s embark on an unforgettable adventure together!

Tips for RVing with Cats

  • 1. Prepare Your Cat for Travel
  • 2. Create a Safe Space
  • 3. Maintain a Routine
  • 4. Keep Your Cat Inside While Driving
  • 5. Regular Exercise and Stimulation
  • 6. Monitor Temperature
  • 7. Be Prepared for Emergencies
  • 8. Respect Their Boundaries
  • 9. Regular Vet Check-ups
  • 10. Secure Windows and Doors

1. Prepare Your Cat for Travel

If your cat is not used to traveling, start with short trips to get them accustomed to the RV. Gradually increase the duration of these trips to help them adjust. Johnny has always traveled from the time we rescued him. He loves to explore new places.


2. Create a Safe Space

Designate a safe, cozy spot in the RV where your cat can retreat and feel secure. This could be a quiet corner with their bed and a few toys. Johnny has a cat carry case (actually a few) that he travels in. We also have to put him away when we are eating, or if he can’t be in the RV. It’s great for hanging out in as well as transporting the cat in. But, Johnny loves his case unless he doesn’t want to go in at times, however for the most part that is his house, his space, his bed, his room.


3. Maintain a Routine

Cats thrive on routine. Try to keep feeding, playtime, and litter box cleaning on a consistent schedule to reduce stress.


4. Keep Your Cat Inside While Driving

They usually say to always keep your cat inside the carrier or in a secure area while driving. This ensures their safety and prevents distractions for the driver. But, it depends! If we are on a long trip in the van we let Johnny roam around freely. Sometimes he lays on the bed in the back of the van, other times he’ll be in the floor, or we’ll find him snuggled up next to the dogs on their pet bed we keep between the seats so they can sleep! We also have a cat bed and pet house or two that you might find Johnny hanging out in to. It’s also important to note Johnny likes it HOT, so he tries to find the hottest spots to hang out and sleep. His carrier is also another place he loves to be even if we don’t zip it up, it’s like his house, his space, his cat carry case!


5. Regular Exercise and Stimulation

Cats need mental and physical stimulation. Provide toys, climbing opportunities, and playtime to keep them engaged and happy. Plus to stop them from getting bored and chewing or doing other unwanted things in the RV!


6. Monitor Temperature

RVs can get very hot or cold, so it’s crucial to monitor the temperature inside. Never leave your cat alone in the RV during extreme weather. Monitor the temperature inside the RV to ensure your pets are comfortable, especially during extreme weather conditions. Also, never leave your cat unattended in the RV without some type of monitoring especially in extreme temperatures. Install window screens or shades to regulate temperature and provide ventilation while parked. Consider using fans, air conditioning, or heating systems to maintain a comfortable environment.

We keep a Temp Stick Remote WiFi Temperature & Humidity Sensor that we can monitor from an app on our phone when we are away from the RV and the animals are home alone. This goes for the van when we are traveling and the travel trailer when we are staying at the RV park living stationary. We also keep a wireless smoke and carbon monoxide detector (by X-sense) in both RVs as well all to help monitor the fur babies!

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7. Be Prepared for Emergencies

Know the locations of nearby veterinary clinics along your route. Have your cat’s medical records and emergency contact numbers readily available.


8. Respect Their Boundaries

Not all cats will adapt to RV life immediately. Be patient and respect their boundaries. Allow them time to explore and adjust at their own pace.


9. Regular Vet Check-ups

Ensure your cat is up to date on vaccinations and check-ups before you embark on your trip. Discuss your travel plans with your vet and ask for any additional advice.


10. Secure Windows and Doors

Ensure all windows and doors are securely closed or have screens to prevent your cat from escaping.


In conclusion, traveling in an RV with your feline friends can be a rewarding and enriching experience for both you and your cats. However, RVing with cats requires careful planning and preparation to ensure your cats are comfortable, safe, and happy on the road. By using this guide, you can cover all the essential items for RVing with cats and benefit from valuable RV cat tips and cat travel gear recommendations. Whether you’re traveling with cats in an RV full-time or just planning a weekend getaway, our cat-friendly RV travel advice will help you master RV pet travel. From RV cat safety to RV cat comfort, these RVing with cats tips will make your journey smooth and enjoyable.


If we haven’t officially met, Hi I’m Blogging Brandi, an EX-Corporate Kool-Aid Drinker, born to be a Blogger, Creator, Digital Nomad, and Entrepreneur who loves RVing while running my own business on the road! Over 9 years ago, I traded my sticks & bricks lifestyle for a life on wheels. Quit my job, sold my house, and everything else, and then bought an RV! First, was a Travel Trailer, then Van Life, and eventually Motorhome Living! I created RVersity (RV + University) out of my love-hate relationship with RV Life!

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