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11 Jan 2021 @ 09:52:53 am
Geoff Grant
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Hi All. I have an unusual question, and would appreciate relevant answers. We are now close to retirement and seriously considering renting out the house, and having up to 5 years of being full timers, 6 months inland, and 6 months seaside. Our dilemma is that we have 2 x 11 year old cats who are like children to us. They are sterilised, relaxed, overweight, lazy , sleep in our bedroom at night currently, and sleep most of the day close to us,and should not cause any issues. A number of resorts are pet friendly, however this always seems to be toward small dogs and the odd cage bird, although I have come across the odd monkey. Our cats will not wander, and are likely to just remain within our site area and use their regular catbox for bodily functions. Q1 -- Does anyone know if any of these popular full timer sites will allow cats. Q2-- Is there anyone out there who is currently full timing with a cat or two. If so, what has been your experience.  This is a bit of a make or break issue for us. Thank you in anticipation for your replies.

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11 Jan 2021 @ 10:14:19 am
Leon
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I am a pet lover and sometimes go camping with dogs when my daughter accompany us on a trip.

Dogs can be controlled fairly easy thus another camper dog visiting your camp area usually does not happen.

But cats on the other hand is not that easy to control.  You probably will have control over your two lazy cats but another stray cat is the one that will come and make or cause trouble as cats are always protecting their area.

We have been camping at Willows in PE this past December.  There we had Fluezy the resort cat visiting us every day with two cats belonging to a permanent camper just a few stands away with no trouble at all.

You will have to contact the resorts that are pet friendly and get their input and decisions on this one.

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11 Jan 2021 @ 11:18:55 am
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Greetings Geoff,

I do understand your dilemma and am very surprised at what Leon is telling us, I really did not think that any of the parks would allow cats.

It is very common in complex living , which could be compared to caravan parks, that there are NO cats allowed. The big difference being that Caravan park residents are more inclined to be transitional rather than permanent.

Would be interested to hear the developments on this matter.

 

Go in safety

 

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11 Jan 2021 @ 11:21:32 am
Paddyandpaul
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Some cats its possible to camp with others not. We camped twice with our cat and found it stressed her out too much and this was as a kitten. She did not travel well in the car and had to be kept locked up in the caravan all day and night or she would have got lost. We also only let her out on a harness and lead. Our friends cats on the other hand did not wander from their temporary home.
The question is, have you taken the cats on holiday in the past to temporary accommodation? If ok its just a case of asking the different resorts if they allow pets. Have not heard of them specifying only dogs not cats but have heard of them specifying small dogs. Your cats may be at risk from visiting dogs chasing them. I think a trial run is what is required.
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11 Jan 2021 @ 12:02:51 pm
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Het nou weer gesien Desember, diere veral honde is n beslommernis.

Wil julle nie maar by die huis bly saam jul diere en hul daar oppas nie.

 

Al weer oppad iewers heen.
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11 Jan 2021 @ 12:51:22 pm
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If your cats panic for some or other reason, they might take to flight and you might never see them again. I personally am not a cat person, but I sympathise with your dilemma. I have never seen cats at any resort and I am also surprised than they are allowed at all. You say this is a deal breaker, but remember you are getting older and in time will be less able to follow this dream.  As cats can get quite old, it might not be an option to wait for them to leave you, that is if you cannot find resorts willing to accept them as guests.  I would therefore suggest you look for an alternative, perhaps having them stay with family or friends.

Do make sure you get reliable tenants if you rent out your house so that does not become a burden to you. Another option, if this is financially dooable, is to rather keep your house empty and go camping for shorter periods, say one to three months and return home regularly, especially in the unpleasant seasons.

But do let us know how this pans out.  There are probably other members with the same problem that would like to hear from you.

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11 Jan 2021 @ 13:54:58 pm
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Geoff, this topic has been around the block a number of times. You will always find campers at both ends of the poles, pet lovers and pet haters.

I will not camp any place where pets are allowed. I have camped at such places only a very few times and EVERY TIME I almost murdered a four legged something. For some or other reason some pet lovers have little or no regard for other people and almost always react aggressively when approached about their animals.

So : I hope you find a nice place that will accommodate your cats, you also deserve a rest after years of hard work, do not let somebody like me put you off. 

I absolutely agree with Fred about tenants. Be careful, even be scared. I rented out my house at Betties Bay during December. The price tag of almost R7000 per day assured good tenants and we had almost no problems. But that is a HOLLIDAY house, be very careful if your house is a normal town house. 

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11 Jan 2021 @ 14:10:43 pm
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We recently went on early retirement decided on the long term camping.

We currently do this now for 5 months.

We have a fully house trained puggy and we do not have negative issues with weekend and holiday camping campers.

Our puggy is not on a lease and understand the words, you are not allowed to bark, run around etc.. while there are a big margin of campers.

Our puggy is 10 years old now and started also with the pension life, LOL.

Our aim is to move from resort to resort, but with the fact that some places are not pet friendly, we decided to hang in here for a while until her time is over.

We also refuse adopting etc..

Google resorts and you will find that there are quite a margin of pet friendly resorts.

We currently standing on a game farm with no issues of unwanted pets, where especially game resorts refuse to allow pets.

Good luck with your investigation to the correct place.

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11 Jan 2021 @ 14:31:33 pm
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Camping with Pets is always a problem. They are out of their routine and house and do get nervous. Many other campers are not happy with pets in the camp and i have seen many times that fellow campers are not happy with pets next to them. Complaints therefor is common at the office which cause tension in the campsite. This is your choice but beware of the unpleasant neighbors that may go with it.

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11 Jan 2021 @ 21:53:55 pm
George
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I am a pet lover and sometimes go camping with dogs when my daughter accompany us on a trip.

Dogs can be controlled fairly easy thus another camper dog visiting your camp area usually does not happen.

But cats on the other hand is not that easy to control.  You probably will have control over your two lazy cats but another stray cat is the one that will come and make or cause trouble as cats are always protecting their area.

We have been camping at Willows in PE this past December.  There we had Fluezy the resort cat visiting us every day with two cats belonging to a permanent camper just a few stands away with no trouble at all.

You will have to contact the resorts that are pet friendly and get their input and decisions on this one.

leon, would you have any recollection of site no 65 at willows, 

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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12 Jan 2021 @ 06:38:16 am
Leon
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leon, would you have any recollection of site no 65 at willows, 

Yes.  As you go up the incline from the beach to the caravan stands area the road makes a hair pin bend to the right.  As it levels off you have stand no 1 -4 on your right (Sea view stands) and stand 62 on your left.  Just after stand 62 you will have to turn left on the grass between stand 62 and 54.  This is not a clear tarred road as the rest in the resort.  Follow the grassed path to the end and the stand is the last one on the right.

If I remember correctly it is close or under a very large tree.  Very private at the back of the resort.  I will check if I have a photo that looks in that direction and post it here.

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12 Jan 2021 @ 07:01:49 am
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Het nou weer gesien Desember, diere veral honde is n beslommernis.

Wil julle nie maar by die huis bly saam jul diere en hul daar oppas nie.

 

Stem 100% saam. Ek was 2 weke terug by n oord waar kampeerders ook dink hulle diere het "goeie" maniere. Honde skyt lê op ander staanplekke en honde blaf my 5h30 in die oggend wakker. Brakke kom snuffel by jou braaier en staanplek vir oorskiet kos. Eienaars beskerm hulle soos kinders....."hulle kan niks verkeerd doen nie" , maar intussen versuur hulle mede kampeerders se verblyf. Ek sal nooit weer na hierdie betrokke oord gaan nie. Laat weet maar waar jy reg gekom het sodat ek daai oord van my lys af kan haal

WAARSKUWING:

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12 Jan 2021 @ 08:22:28 am
Geoff Grant
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Thanks to everyone who replied, whether positive or negative, honest replies and opinions  it is what I wanted to hear.

I was doubtful about the practicality, and now I am sure.

However, one cannot have and love animals for 11 years then give them away or euthanise because it no longer suits you.

So we will continue as we are, camp 4 x a year for 7 to10 days, leaving them cared for at home by someone reliable, and perhaps consider full timing when they draw their last breath.

Happy camping, may Covid go away, please be safe out there.

 

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12 Jan 2021 @ 09:17:42 am
George
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Yes.  As you go up the incline from the beach to the caravan stands area the road makes a hair pin bend to the right.  As it levels off you have stand no 1 -4 on your right (Sea view stands) and stand 62 on your left.  Just after stand 62 you will have to turn left on the grass between stand 62 and 54.  This is not a clear tarred road as the rest in the resort.  Follow the grassed path to the end and the stand is the last one on the right.

If I remember correctly it is close or under a very large tree.  Very private at the back of the resort.  I will check if I have a photo that looks in that direction and post it here.

Thanks leon, we heading there end of this month and had booked site 50, however they called me yesterday and asked if we would pick another site as the people on site 50 want to extend there stay , they said they would move them if we insisted , not wanting to be unreasonable we said we would look at another site, any pics of 65 or in that direction would be helpful, trying to determine the size , we need to fit 2 cars , a ski boat and the exclusive on . i like the idea of being private at the back.

two roads diverged in a wood and i took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.
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14 Jan 2021 @ 09:20:42 am
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Hi Geoff. Ek is so bly dat jy ñ liefde het vir jou diere. Geniet hulle! Neem hulle saam waar jy kan. Daar is soveel kampeer terreine wat diere vriendelik is. Onnodige kritiek teenoor diere is nie werklik nodig nie. 

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15 Jan 2021 @ 07:33:11 am
Leon
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Thanks leon, we heading there end of this month and had booked site 50, however they called me yesterday and asked if we would pick another site as the people on site 50 want to extend there stay , they said they would move them if we insisted , not wanting to be unreasonable we said we would look at another site, any pics of 65 or in that direction would be helpful, trying to determine the size , we need to fit 2 cars , a ski boat and the exclusive on . i like the idea of being private at the back.

Sorry have no pic.

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