Carolyn’s travelling cats take on Australia one paw at a time

5 July 2022|Community News, Pet talk| Off Comments off on Carolyn’s travelling cats take on Australia one paw at a time|

Rich East – Ten Lives Cat Centre


THE best thing about working or volunteering at a cat shelter is hearing the updates from the cats that have been adopted. Recently, Carolyn Rose sent through an update on her cats that were adopted from Ten Lives back in 2017.

When Carolyn decided to leave Hobart in her campervan to travel around Australia, there were a few furry faces she was not willing to leave behind. Sadie and Evi, along with older travel mate, Miss Meg, were along for the ride.

In 2021, the four said goodbye to their house and friends, and everything they knew about life together in the suburbs to embark on their adventure over Bass Strait.

Any concerns over how the four would adapt to life in the van were soon eased as they hit the road.

“I didn’t have anything to concern myself about, it was just like moving house. After a look around and a look for all the hidey spots, they settled down,” Carolyn said.

“The girls became very accustomed to the routine and knew the sound of the engine. They got into their spots and slept most of the driving.”

As the months passed, Carolyn and her furry companions visited many astonishing places. While COVID restrictions were still in place the group moved small distances following the rules and generally enjoyed the quieter life.

“I free park – which is parking anywhere following local parking rules. This enabled us to park in many beautiful places,” Carylon said.

They would spend a few days in each location, a beach or a park, and you can guess that the cats would turn heads.

“The locals always come over to say hello to the girls. The girls love people, their children, and their dogs,” Carolyn said.

The cats have travelled far but to keep them and wildlife safe they don’t get to roam. They are perfectly content to watch the world go by from inside the campervan. Although, Evi does enjoy some outdoor time on harness to savour the delights of a dust bath.

Sadly, Miss Meg became seriously ill in NSW. Having lived her life to the fullest, she is now at rest in a friend’s garden in Newcastle.

“She is very much missed however I am happy she was able to share some of our travels,” Carylon said.

With just the three of them, the adventure and life in the campervan continued.

Sadie would scoot around the van as she played her favourite game of ‘the floor is lava’.

Evi, the more sensible one, would watch Sadie’s antics.

When it came to naptime, the dashboard is prime realty, though Sadie’s preference is to be wherever Evi is.

The cats have adjusted well to their new life, and are living happy, healthy lives.

For Carolyn, the thought of leaving them behind never crossed her mind.

“My personal favourite times are when I can sit and look out on the beautiful landscape with the girls, enjoying watching the water, and living a peaceful life. I would never give them up,” she said.

They have just completed a trip along the Great Ocean Road, and now they’re heading back up to Queensland. One day, they’ll explore WA and NT, but there’s no hurry.

They’re just taking it one paw at a time.


Ten Lives Cat Shelter is a self-funded animal charity that relies on donations and volunteers to care for and rehome the unwanted cats and kittens of Tasmania. See how you can get involved:

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