Updated: Nov 21
First, let me introduce you our furry baby, Nala 😻:
She is a beautiful Burmese mix, rescued cat about 6 years old.
Being a Burmese Cat, she is extremely affectionate and friendly.
She behaves like a dog, following us everywhere, greeting us as soon as we get home & demands loads of cuddles.
Let us tell you how the idea came along & what was the process 😻
We thought about sending Nala home (France that is). However, being in the heart of COVID-19 pandemic really made us questions that plan.
The thought of risking her being stuck in a different country (or even more than one) due to all the flight cancellations was breaking our hearts. When you think that many people are still months later being stuck overseas, really made us wonder how long a cat could be suffering the same fate.
In addition, who knows under was conditions she would have been looked after!
So, we starting thinking about the feasibility of taking our fur baby with us into bus life. We obliviously turned to the Internet, found out that more people than we thought had already done it very successfully.
So, we thought as long as we can keep her safe (being the N1 priority) and if she likes it, why not?
How did we prepare for her arrival 🚌 ?
We ordered Nala a harness & leash, a tracker, name tag & a travel bag/ bed (for which we sewed a blackout sun cover). Once we received all the above, we started getting Nala used to her bed/backpack & most importantly we made sure that Nala was getting accustomed to her harness.
We took her to the vet to make sure all vaccinations were up to date for such a lifestyle & also checked her Microchip.
Of course, we checked for every possible escape route & danger within the Bus.
We did do some modifications on the bus for her:
We created her "quarter" under the banquet (after her first trip tp the bus we realised that she really loved it down there, so we actually double layered this space with soundproofing material & divided this room in two: one her bed, two her litter box)
We glued some ropes on the table foot, so Nala has a dedicated place to do her claws & does not destroy the bus (& it’s actually turned out really pretty & fit well with our decor theme).
I was really worried about having Nala in a metal box under the Australian heat, so we tinted all windows to the legal standard & we also bought a little air conditioning unit that works with water.
We replaced all curtains with blackout sun fabric that we sewed ourselves.
Stacked up on ice pack to leave in her bed to cool her down as well as cooling mats.
We also had to soundproof the driving part of the bus.
Secured all draw so there would be no chances of them opening while driving.
We managed to create a secure place for her to wait for us to set up camp (we basically created a door for the bedroom).
Broke her in gently
First, we got her used to be in the car while driving (since she was even used to that), that took a lot less time than we anticipated.
So, we introduced Nala to the bus, so she could start feeling like home (without taking it hitting the road).
We then took her on test runs, she was a bit confused at first but she made us know she LOVED 😻 it really quickly.
It was then a done deal, she was coming with us 👏🏼 & we decided to document her trip with us to help other people taking this lifestyle with their pets 😉.
Travelling with Nala just meant we had to put her safety & well-being first. Get organised & plan ahead (always looking up vets nearby camp before going & checking if she was allowed to be at the camp).
But we get paid for all our efforts in cuddles & purrs so we can say it’s worth it ❤️.
❤️ Nala's first time in the bus ❤️
LOVE FROM THE KOALA BUS