Willow is a fluffy little bundle of joy. She is very affectionate and really loves her cuddles, pats, and head rubs. She was adopted from a rescue centre in Hobart, Tasmania well before we decided to travel. She is about 6 years old. She has beautiful green eyes and a small patch of white hairs on her chest.
Willow is very curious and loves to explore. She adapts well to new environments but is quite cautious until she feels comfortable. She spends most of her days snoozing on top of the roof rack, under the van, or sleeping in her cat carrier. On cold days you will find her snuggled up in my blankets.
Willow spends the majority of her outdoors time off-leash under supervision. This means I find places to camp which are suitable both for her safety and the health of the environment. We do not go into National Parks or Flora/Fauna reserves, but we still get to see some incredible places.
Willow and I have an unspoken agreement. She will always come back to the van, and I will always wait for her. She rarely wanders more than 100 metres from the van but when she does I can find her with her tracking collar. I don’t believe the bond between us is greater than any other human/cat, but we are in a situation every day where we are reminded of that bond. Spending 24/7 together we have gotten to know each other very well.
When she’s not snoozing outside she will either sleep on the bench seat or curl up by my feet at night. When we are driving she snoozes in her cat carrier. The cat carrier is one of her favourite hiding spaces where she has access to her food and water.
I may be biased but I believe travelling with a cat is easier than travelling with dogs. Cats are very independent and don’t require a huge amount of attention. Willow is quite nocturnal, sleeping throughout the day if we are driving and coming out in the afternoon for some food and a cuddle. The only disadvantage to having a travelling cat is not being able to go into the occasional area where pets aren’t permitted. We avoid the crowds in National Parks to find our own hidden places that maybe we wouldn’t have found otherwise.
No, she is just a regular van cat.