Van Life Q&A: Part 2

 If you haven’t caught up on part 1 of the Q&A then head over before you read this! We’d like to say a big thanks again to everyone who sent in a question about living in our van, we’re loving sharing our adventures with you.

@lattefeline asked us some more questions about travelling with our cat; ‘does Moss get sick whilst travelling?’ 

 No, Moss is very good whilst driving, she has her basket that she sits
in and can lie down comfortably. Sometimes she meows but we’ve found
that after a quick stop she’s fine to continue the journey.

 ‘How or where do you get the money to cover your living expenses?’

We have worked over the past year to save money for our travels and we
do not have a fixed income whilst on the road.

@catsdogs_travel asked ‘has Moss ever intended to escape from the van?’

 Luckily, no she hasn’t! We can tell what mood Moss is in, if she’s lying
down and is relaxed we leave her whilst we open the doors. However, if
she’s having zoomies or is wide eyed watching birds, we make sure
that her harness is on and that she’s attached to her lead. Moss has a
tendency to bolt so we would rather take precautions with the lead than
risk losing her. She also doesn’t mind the harness and lead and will
happily sleep with them on.

@lexismaw and @maatiaiskissa.pasi asked very similar questions about
Moss’ litter box and the type of litter we use on the road!

 We have a top-entry litter box as Moss is quite a messy cat
and kicks her litter everywhere! It’s a large litter box but we couldn’t
find anything smaller with a top entrance so we just have to move it onto the
front seats when we stop driving to give us more room in the back of the van. We are currently using Breeder Celect paper cat litter as we’ve found that it doesn’t smell as strong as wood pellets which we were previously using.   

 @lillyandsnow_ asked ‘how does Moss cope with the long journeys and how
did you train her so that she’s not afraid?’

 She’s very good in the van and doesn’t mind long journeys although we
try to keep the driving time short (under 2 hours a day) for Megan (as
the only driver) and Moss to feel comfortable! Despite Moss looking brave on her photos, she does get easily spooked and her instinct is to bolt and get up high rather than to come back to us or the van. We find that every time we take her outside she improves slightly and the other day she even jumped into the backpack instead of trying to get further away, this was a big achievement! We try to remain calm around Moss and use lots of verbal encouragement around dogs, bikes, cars and anything else that she might be afraid of!

@squipcat thought of a few more questions from our last blog post including ‘where do you go to the toilet?’

 We have a toilet in our van that’s nicely tucked under a counter, we have to empty it weekly at campsites but we’re very happy that we have one in the van! We also use supermarkets and cafes whenever we can to leave more space in the van toilet.

‘Are you on the road indefinitely or do you have plans to move into a fixed abode again?’

 We are unsure at the moment as our trip is definitely costing more than we originally thought. We have found that campsites are around £20-£30 a night which would eat up our budget pretty fast if we used them every night! We will move into a house again when we need to find work again, although we currently have no idea where that will be!

 @percypassingby simply said ‘van tour!’

 I will do a post on the van very soon, I promise!

 @dorathecat29 asked ‘how does Moss like living in a van and where did
you get her from?’

 Moss really doesn’t seem to mind living in the van. I think she’s
happiest with us so she’s loving spending all of this time together! We
got her from Megan’s aunt’s friend in London. We weren’t planning on
getting a cat but we’re so glad that we did!

Thank you for reading part 2 of our van life Q&A, if you have anymore questions please send us a message on Instagram!

Beth, Megan and Moss x

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