Tabby Tuesday: Meet Harley the Camper Cat
The White family enjoys traveling with Harley, a gregarious five-year-old tabby who has twice traveled cross country in a truck camper. His mom Angela says he's a great traveler and enjoys camper life. When not crossing the continent, Harley makes his home in Lancaster, PA.
The camper is Harley's kingdom, and there's no spot that's off limits.
As the temps climbed on a stretch between Phoenix and San Diego, bags of frozen veggies helped Harley keep his cool:
- Always ensure your cat is tagged, chipped and belled before taking her on a trip. The ID tag will ensure the quickest reunion, while the microchip will provide backup. A bell on the collar will provide an auditory clue of her whereabouts if she does escape, or decides to burrow into one of the camper's nooks and crannies for a nap. Bells are especially helpful in locating cats who aren't naturally very vocal.
- Consider purchasing an ID tag (like TogetherTag) that provides access to an online repository of information, including the cat's medical history and alternative contact information.
- Always bring your cat's medical records with you, especially proof of a rabies vaccination.
- If you'll be crossing state lines, research what paperwork each state requires when you cross a border with a cat.
- Scan your cat's most essential paperwork (including prescriptions) and post it on a private online storage site, so that if the paperwork is lost or stolen, you'll be able to access it from anywhere.
- If your itinerary includes state or national parks, find out beforehand if animals are allowed in the park.
- Never let your cat roam free when you travel. In many campgrounds, opportunistic feeders like coyotes, foxes and bears are common.
- Harness- and/or stroller-train your cat before your trip. This will provide an opportunity for her to stretch her legs and get some fresh air while you explore the area on foot... and make new cat-loving friends!