|Feeding the jays solves two problems—helping the birds stave off starvation (so the jays claim) and what to do for cat entertainment.|
But when you live fulltime on the road, the camping part turns into a multifacted challenge—how to keep your little buddies from running wild (and probably thereby getting eaten by coyotes or owls, which are the domestic cat's main predators), how to keep them from getting bored, and how to help them stay in shape (though they seem to have that last part down pretty good by running around in the trailer in the wee hours of the night, bouncing off the walls).
|Rowdy pleadingly tries his best to look cute so I'll let him free to chase the jays.|
I try to get them out a bunch during the day by putting them in their Abo cat tent, which is just a screen room for cats that has a floor.
|The big guns come in for a snack. Cats? Pffft. No problem.|
The entertainment part is covered by feeding birds, especially bluejays, who are pretty bold and will come right up to the cat tent if I put nuts there. (This has the side benefit of driving the cats nuts, which is my revenge for them running around all night bouncing off the walls.)
|Spice likes this little wicker seat I got for five dollars in a thrift shop.|
And the exercise part I have down by taking them for walks on leashes (at least when I'm not too sleep-deprived). Spice (the wicker-seat couch potato) refuses to go at all, and Callie goes reluctantly, but Rowdy loves it. It's fun watching him climb little cliffs and rocks. I imagine he's pretending he's a big guy out in the jungle or something. (The truth is, he's probably thinking he's in training for his great escape.)
All in all, I think they're pretty much happy campers, though the dogs would prefer that I'd get them a new home or something. But everyone gets along, and it's kind of nice seeing dogs and cats living in harmony together, though maybe reluctantly—except for Rowdy, who thinks he's a dog.
|Spanky looks kind of pained at his lot in life as a cat pillow.|
|Weezee on the lookout for cats to chase.|