Motorhome rental is a great choice if you would prefer not to be separated from your pets during your holidays.
Kennel fees can mount up, you can’t always rely on a friendly neighbour to pop round to feed catty, and that’s before you consider the stress of being separated from your pet! (We are not sure who suffers the most stress, the pet or the owner!).
So why not book a holiday where your pet is welcome too? It can often work out to be a less expensive holiday when taking your pet with you (considering the costs of kennels), as well as less emotional.
“Peace of mind” knowing your pet is safe with you means that you can relax and enjoy your holiday … and you will enjoy seeing your pet relaxing too!!
We’ve recorded a series of videos to help you get the most out of motorhoming with your pet, starting with motorhoming with cats:
In this short video, Jeanne and Gary tell us why “Max” has been happily motorhoming for seven years:
Our top 10 tips for a happy pet on a motorhome holiday are as follows:
1. Be sure to acclimatise your pet to the motorhome before you start travelling with it. Let your pet explore the motorhome while it is stationary.
2. Pets are very affected by smells. Ensure you take your pet’s blanket and or/basket to help him feel at home.
3. Before departure, be sure to check that your campsite allows pets. There are various guides available, but you can always call the campsite and ask too.
4. Pack for your pet, making sure you have anti-slip food & water bowls, cat litter, doggie poop bags, a good supply of food and biscuits, leads, and any favourite toys.
5. If you do leave your pet in the motorhome all day, leave a window or roof light slightly open to ensure your pet’s comfort.
6. If your pet is stressed, have a look at at products by a company called Denes. They have natural remedies that may help.
You can also give your pet Bach’s Rescue Remedy. A few drops on the tongue and/or drops in their drinking water can help calm them down.
7. Ensure your dog is taken for a short walk before you go to bed, so that he can do his business, and sleep through the night.
8. For around £20.00, you can buy a collapsible pet carrier that can be useful to keep in your motorhome. Your cat or dog will certainly feel protected & secure when travelling in this pet carrier & when it’s no longer required simply fold it down into a convenient carry case.
Check out the many different accessories for motorhomes to make them more ‘pet friendly’ such as ramps for easier access for the small or elderly of your pets, travel beds and specially designed anti-slip food bowls.
9. Take a bio-degradable cat litter that can be disposed of in your toilet or in the camp waste point. Our favourite is “Cat’s Best” by Okoplus. It is organic, and binds very well to reduce smells from both liquid and solid matter. It is also lightweight. Find it >>> here.
10. Buy a stake to bang into the ground and get some fixed lightweight ropes (approx. 15 ft) to allow your pet to be secured safely outside the motorhome in good weather.
If you are motorhoming with dogs, it’s a good idea to take along lots of old towels that can be used for wiping muddy paws! Cut them up into small pieces and use until they need to be thrown away.
We hope these videos & tips have inspired you to consider a motorhome rental and taking your pets along too! It’s great fun and judging from the pets we have featured above, your pets will thank you for it!