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Traveling with a cat
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Hi everyone.  Happy New Year.

Well I have been watching a lot of videos on compost toilets.  Was wondering if anyone out there traveling with a cat could tell me if it is o.k. to put the cats solid waste into the compost toilet.

Also if you are boondocking in a remote area can you bury the soiled cat liter.

Any information or suggestions greatly appreciated.



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I'm not a pro and I'll be watching others' comments with interest, but it seems to me the answer could be yes on both counts.

In the first scenario, cat droppings should compost exactly the same as human ones. In the second scenario, you'd just be returning animal waste to nature; it should be no different than deer or bear droppings, or even those of the "big" cats.

Someone may know of some reasons that would not be allowed, though.
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travelinjoan (01-02-2018)
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If you are using kitty litter...then do not bury it, the chemicals are a problem.
As for throwing it into the composting head...sure...but it will fill up just that much faster...requiring you to make more runs to the dump station anyway.

Do not think that a composting head actually does the whole job of composting. Do not just dump it in a bush. Even a hole would have to be pretty big. Pine shavings take a long time to begin to break down. Straw is faster, but much harder to find and use. Coco coir is just a pain to find and breakup for use.

My composting toilet requires I empty it about once a month. I have to do a trash run about once a week...the bag with the used litter can be included at that time. I clean the box every day...open and reclose the same bag until it goes to the dump station.
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Is traveling with a cat difficult? It seems like they would try to jump out and make noise when stealth camping. I would love to have one as a companion though.
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This one travels well

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Smidge is doing great as a traveling cat.   
Walks on a leash, and is learning that going out means putting on the harness first.

No so sure that living in a van and not getting outside would suit most cats
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I wish my cat would travel with me. It would save me tons in kennel bills ($210 - $300 a week!), but she pees all over the place if I so much as try taking her to the vet. (she's pretty good at working her way out of the carrier).
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Big t, when you attempted to have your cat in the vehicle, did you bring some dirty litter several deposits of both? Sounds counter productive but cats want their scent on everything from bedding to potty.
BTW hydrogen peroxide ( I use it straight on the walls of my litter boxes...got one boy that wasn't taught to squat pee) can help neutralize cat urine smell. I have one btl outside my front door as a roving unaltered Tom seems to like marking my storm door...guess he smells my boys and girls. But use a test spot on fabric to see if it will alter the color....ask me how I know that lol!
When you tried before to take your kitty did you let her investigate the vehicle? Without it being on or moving...Again smells are comfy, toss a few small towels she's slept on around. Her food water bowls, toy or two if she has favorite and her bed ( if she's anything like mine she'll find her own napping spots.

Here's steps: for some it's a process, for others they are just switch key cats.
Quick method
Day one morning: Introduce cat to vehicle (with her in kitty carrier getting used to being loaded up but not going to vet) with pm let her explore start with 15 min exposures . First 5 mins with door closed and carrier covered ( dark place safe place)
Have a litter box set up ( you can buy a cheap plastic container with a lid from Walmart and canit store in garage outside after training session)with unused litter on bottom and the used pile on top evening ( another quick get to know her new home session) feed her ( special little treat so she learns vehicle equal tasty tidbit...may be excessive but you want her co-operation... two morning and two night sessions. Lots of reassuring petting and a special treat for being a good girl. I have food motivated cats so I use canned chicken as treat.

Day three 30 minutes in vehicle ( starting it so she becomes accustomed to sound and vibration about the last five minutes), lots of petting, talking to, etc. New surroundings lots of things to see hear smell. More nummy treats as reward for being such a good girl.

Day five load her up drive around the block. Several times a day (Ideally she would learn that getting into the carrier means if she goes in willingly... she gets treat, I have two that will volunteer get into kennel when I get it out, one hides and cries like he's being tortured) mine has a special blanket and riding harness for riding copilot in passenger seat.
condensed version to get cat training for travel.
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travelinjoan (01-02-2018)
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Thanks for this. Mine is getting used to her harness. My RV needs work before hitting the road, so this would make great use of downtime.

(01-02-2018, 06:58 AM)2017letgo Wrote: Big t, when you attempted to have your cat in the vehicle, did you bring some dirty litter several deposits of both? Sounds counter productive but cats want their scent on everything from bedding to potty.
BTW hydrogen peroxide ( I use it straight on the walls of my litter boxes...got one boy that wasn't taught to squat pee) can help neutralize cat urine smell. I have one btl outside my front door as a roving unaltered Tom seems to like marking my storm door...guess he smells my boys and girls. But use a test spot on fabric to see if it will alter the color....ask me how I know that lol!
When you tried before to take your kitty did you let her investigate the vehicle? Without it being on or moving...Again smells are comfy, toss a few small towels she's slept on around. Her food water bowls, toy or two if she has favorite and her bed ( if she's anything like mine she'll find her own napping spots.

Here's steps: for some it's a process, for others they are just switch key cats.
Quick method
Day one morning: Introduce cat to vehicle (with her in kitty carrier getting used to being loaded up but not going to vet) with pm let her explore start with 15 min exposures . First 5 mins with door closed and carrier covered ( dark place safe place)
Have a litter box set up ( you can buy a cheap plastic container with a lid from Walmart and canit store in garage outside after training session)with unused litter on bottom and the used pile on top evening ( another quick get to know her new home session) feed her ( special little treat so she learns vehicle equal tasty tidbit...may be excessive but you want her co-operation... two morning and two night sessions. Lots of reassuring petting and a special treat for being a good girl. I have food motivated cats so I use canned chicken as treat.

Day three 30 minutes in vehicle ( starting it so she becomes accustomed to sound and vibration about the last five minutes), lots of petting, talking to, etc. New surroundings lots of things to see hear smell. More nummy treats as reward for being such a good girl.

Day five load her up drive around the block. Several times a day (Ideally she would learn that getting into the carrier means if she goes in willingly... she gets treat, I have two that will volunteer get into kennel when I get it out, one hides and cries like he's being tortured) mine has a special blanket and riding harness for riding copilot in passenger seat.
condensed version to get cat training for travel.





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(01-01-2018, 08:10 PM)GeorgiePorgie Wrote: Is traveling with a cat difficult? It seems like they would try to jump out and make noise when stealth camping. I would love to have one as a companion though.

Will let you know.  I have not gotten on the road yet.  I have taken short trips to the keys by car, but the cat is contained in a carry bag.  Would not recommend open windows while traveling with a cat.
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