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I Spent Over 3 Years Traveling With My Cat In A Campervan

It’s been over 3 years since I left our hometown of Hobart, Tasmania, to travel around Australia. Although I sold my house and all my stuff, there was one thing that I just couldn’t leave behind.

My cat Willow.

The solution was simple. Road trip with my best friend!

Since May 2015 we have traveled over 70,000 km, seen forests, beaches, and deserts, and even took a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef together. Late last year we finally made it all the way around and even spent summer back in our hometown.

But the adventure wasn’t meant to end there – and we have no intention of stopping anytime soon. This year we spent 3 months passing through the outskirts of the Simpson Desert before making our way back to the beautiful East Coast.

Some people are surprised to find that I travel with my cat. Once a backpacker at a campsite even exclaimed “Excuse me, there is a cat trying to get into your van!” ..

I know.

Our home is our camper van, a tiny house on wheels. I built it myself with a bed, cupboards, a kitchen, and plenty of places for a little cat to hide! It might be small but the whole Australia is our backyard.

It’s always a joy watching Willow explore the places we visit. She wears a tracking collar so that I always know where she is.

We post our photos on Instagram and it’s so nice to hear from people all over the world that they are following our adventure.

It wasn’t easy leaving my old job and life behind but I knew I had to make some changes for my own well-being. It was a slow process but now I am happier.

I work a little bit where I can, invest my savings, and it’s enough to keep us going.

If Willow has taught me anything, it’s that you don’t need a lot to be happy. A bit of food, shelter, and a whole lot of love. And that if she doesn’t get enough pats each day you can guarantee that her demands will be made at 3am!

We have made the 2019 calendar and we are using it to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (ALS) research. It’s available on our website. Last year we raised over $3000 AUD.

I’m lucky. I get to see Australia through the eyes of a cat, and that I will treasure for a lifetime.

We have been travelling for 3.5 years now but every day is special

This year we spent 3 months in the desert and I was so happy to make it back to the beach! I’m not sure what Willow thought

Our camper van is our home. A tiny house on wheels with a bed, cupboards, a kitchen, and even a TV!

Last summer we returned to our home state of Tasmania and visited all my favorite places

Willow even got to meet her cousins!

She loves to explore but she never strays to far. She wears a tracking collar to keep her safe

Out in the desert there are lots of abandoned places to camp. This place was actually an old movie set

Willow’s favorite place to sit is on the dashboard where she has a great view

The front bull bar is a great place to look out over the sun set

Willow loves to follow me around but she doesn’t like to go too far from our van

We might be all alone but we always have each other and the whole Australia to explore

Happiness is spending an afternoon with your cat

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Someone Dumped A Cat At A Shelter Overnight In A Terrible Condition, But After Shaving Its Fur They Saw A True Beauty

Sadly, the folks at Douglas County Animal Care & Services in Gardnerville, Nevada, are well accustomed to receiving anonymous animal dumping outside of regular work hours, but this one was even more heartbreaking than usual.

On arrival at the shelter one morning, shelter supervisor Liz Begovich and her collegues came across an animal carrier, with a huge ball of unidentifiable fluff inside. “All we saw was a matted mess,” Liz told The Dodo.

What could this poor creature be? The shelter staff’s first guess was that it must be a dog, given that dogs are generally less fastidious about their grooming than cats. It was time to open the carrier and find out. “We couldn’t turn him around because of the way he was shoved in the carrier,” Liz said. “So we took the top off and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a cat!’ I’ve never seen a cat in that sort of condition.”

It was really bad. The cat was a prisoner of its own fur, barely able to move under the tangled, matted layers. He was overweight due to lack of exercise, and whoever had owned him must presumably just brought food and water and put it right under his nose.

“We immediately took him to the vet where they sedated him,” Liz continued. “They shaved about 4.5 pounds of hair off of him. It filled a full-size kitchen trash bag.” The sudden freedom immediately lifted the confidence of the previously dreadlocked cat, who they cheekily named Bob Marley. “Once the hair was off, he was walking around. I saw him looking up at the counter thinking, ‘I can jump up there.’ I thought, ‘No you can’t.’”

Bob now has a loving home, who can help him recover from years of neglect, as well as shed all those excess pounds he is carrying around. At 10 years old he still has many good years ahead of him! He has turned out to be such a handsome devil, and was adopted within a few days.

The authorities are making inquiries to try to find Bob’s previous owner, the man who dumped him was captured on CCTV and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance in identifying this person. Perhaps he was a Good Samaritan, having rescued Bob and dropped him at the shelter for treatment, nobody knows. Liz herself is unsure, but has doubts about any good intentions from the mystery man. “Normally, when someone leaves an animal after hours, there’s usually more to the story. It’s typically not a Good Samaritan who found an animal on the side of the road,” she said. “We would really like to know the backstory. There could be other animals in this house, wherever this cat came from, who are in the same condition.”

Either way, the truth will surely emerge eventually. The main thing is that Bob is happy, loved and free of his shackles. Scroll down below to check him out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

An unidentified man was caught on CCTV leaving an animal carrier in front of an animal shelter recently

Image credits: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

Image credits: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

The shelter staff’s first guess was that it must be a dog, given that dogs are generally less fastidious about their grooming than cats

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

“We couldn’t turn him around because of the way he was shoved in the carrier”

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

“So we took the top off and thought, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a cat!’ I’ve never seen a cat in that sort of condition”

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

The cat was a prisoner of its own fur, barely able to move under the tangled, matted layers

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

“They shaved about 4.5 pounds of hair off of him. It filled a full-size kitchen trash bag”

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

It turned out the formerly dreadlocked cat, who the shelter cheekily named Bob Marley, was also severely overweight

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

The new dashingly handsome Bob was put up for adoption, and now has a loving home

Image credits: Douglas County Animal Care & Services

As for the previous owner, some people came to defend the man that was caught on tape

However, others weren’t buying it

What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

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Woman Finds Fox Sleeping In Her Cats Bed, Gets Surprised By The Way It Acts

A ginger cat called George was recently outfoxed when he returned from a walk in the garden to find an uninvited guest had taken over his bed.

“When I came downstairs, and walked passed the kitchen into the bathroom, I did a double take as in the kitchen window I could see a pair of huge ears,” said George’s owner, 47-year-old Meloney Blayze from Petts Wood, south east London. “‘I thought, “hmm, those are not the cat’s ears”, and I turned the light on to look at what was in the cat’s bed – and it was a fox.”

Meloney had woken up at 4am to let George out of the kitchen window and into the garden, but the fox had sneaked in after she’d gone back to sleep and made itself comfortable in the unsuspecting cat’s bed. When he finally returned, George tried to scare the squatter away by hissing at it, but the fox refused to budge until Meloney picked up the bed and tipped the fox out of the window. “He was very tame, he did not want to leave,” she said. Given the cold spell sweeping the UK at the moment, we can’t really blame him!

A ginger cat called George was surprised to find an uninvited guest waiting for him recently

The fox had sneaked in and started “acting like another member of the family who had been there for years and was confused about what all the fuss was about”

“I looked at him and he looked at me. He was not frightened of me at all” recalls cat’s owner Meloney Blayze

George tried hissing at it, but the fox didn’t move until the cat’s owner Meloney shooed it out of the window

The internet was quick to comment

Other people were worried for the animal’s welfare

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10+ Times Cats Found Catnip, And Cat.exe Stopped Functioning

If you’re a cat owner, having a small bag of green powder in your home means something very different from what most people would think. It’s that magical dust that turns domestic felines into wild jungle cats as soon as they get a whiff of it, and melts them into a motionless puddle of fluff if they lick it up. Enter the wondrous world of catnip, and the stoned kitties who can’t get enough of it.

The name ‘catnip’ is derived from nepeta cataria, an herb closely related to mint. The plant, whether freshly grown or dried for commercial purposes, secretes a chemical compound called nepetalactone that triggers a response from cats’ pheromone receptors – in other words, it makes them lose their minds when they smell it. When the plant is ingested, it produces the opposite effect by sedating the cat. Each feline reacts differently to the magical herb, with some showing outright immunity to its powers. Others, however…

Check out a list of cats who went on a serious ‘nip trip’ below, and just wish that you were on their level of ecstasy right now.

#107 Gave Cow Some Nip Fresh From The Garden

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10+ Of The Best I Dont Own A Cat Moments That Have Ever Happened To Humans

Ever woke up to strange noises downstairs? Or heard a foreign meowing sound outside your window? Oh, it’s just a cat. Wait, you’re saying you don’t have a cat? Well, guess what? Now you do.

If you thought that it’s humans who choose their pet companions, you’ve been wrong all along. Cats are known to have their own special way of doing things and follow their own logic behind it. Picking their masters (or servants) is no exception. Some charm their way into adoption through gentle purring and the disarming power of the Puss in Boots stare. Others… well, trespass and claim your pillow as their new bed.

Bored Panda has compiled a list documenting these curious felines and it’s certainly one to make your cat senses tingle. Don’t furget to vote and comment on your favorite!