Retiring with a cat
Hello. I haven't been on here much. Our cat is "invisible!" She hides most of the time. A little background: I wasn't much of a cat person until I got "Meanie." She was born on the other side of the fence in our yard, mother was feral. There were 5 in all. Everyday I went outside and called to them, played with them and got "mama cat" to eat food in front of me. Couldn't pet her, but she would eat! Eventually all but one became very friendly and got homes. The last tortie would hiss if you even looked at her, she stayed with mama! I worked with the local humane society and agreed to help trap them and see how it goes. At the time, I had a chihuahua-poodle mix and a shi-poo. The shi-poo is the one that alerted me to the kittens with non stop barking!
Anyway, the came inside, never went out again, until, one day my "adult" son left the back door open after letting the dogs out and mama went out! That was 6 years ago! Both cats had acclamated very well to us and the dogs. Still shy and didn't come a whole lot, but was okay!
Fast forward to the present: 4 years ago I wanted another chihuahua! We got one! Meanie hides from the chihuahua. She will confront him, but she won't strike out at him, just looks at him and growls a little! I now have a 10 year old golden, 4 year old chi, and Meanie our 10 year old gorgeous, gentle cat! We plan on going away next winter for a few months. We have a very small travel trailer. I have never taken the cat anywhere but the vet. I am concerned about how to handle taking her with us next winter! I could use all kinds of help!
We thought about leash training, or a crate. Problem is, our trailer is about 19 feet long and we already have a golden retriever in it and a chi with his crate! I am worried about her escaping and about keeping her confined for too long! She is an awesome cat! I am used to horror stories about how cats scratch people and destroy things. Not this one! She even let's me trim her nails! She is awesome!
I really don't want to rehome her, but if that is best, I will. My main concern is stressing her! She is attached to me!