We’re so happy to make a new friend! We recently got in touch with Barbara from Majestic Maverick about their adventures on the road!
I would love to know why you started blogging?
I thought it would be great to document my travels with my tuxedo cat Maverick and put a different spin on it by blogging from the cat’s point of view. Plus I wanted a place to post all the fabulous travel photos so my friends and family could see.
What’s your little one’s name?
Maverick (aka Munchkin), though sometimes I make up other pet names for him like Munchie Munch and the Kitty Bunch.
What is the most challenging thing for you as a pet parent?
Making sure that Maverick is comfortable on our travels and not stressed out by it. I wanted to make sure that my travel lifestyle was compatible with him when I adopted him from kitty rescue, which luckily it is. He adapts quickly and likes exploring new places, especially remote areas that aren’t swarming with people. Maverick is also not a fan of dogs due to being attacked by one in Morro Bay on our first trip.
What is your favourite thing about being a pet parent?
Maverick is my companion. He and I are so bonded to each other, making it a beautiful and harmonious relationship. Maverick is there for me through thick and thin and ready to take over my lap and purr loudly to comfort me. He knows my moods and how to cheer me up. It’s unconditional love and it gives me so much joy.
I think the only way for a non-pet lover to get converted is if they see the bond themselves. I don’t believe one can force the idea on them no matter how much you explain the benefits to them. It has to happen organically, in my opinion. They need to see it with their own eyes; experience it for themselves.
What are your little one’s favourite toys?
Maverick enjoys playing soccer with those mylar crinkle balls; he chases them all over the house. He also loves the Bergan’s famous Turbo Scratcher Cat Toy. Every day he spins that ball around and is quite adorable playing with it. A few times he would put both paws into the tracks like he was part of the toy. I’m pretty sure that photo is up on his Instagram @mavericktux.
When not with you, where can we find your little one?
Since I work from home, Maverick spends a lot of time with me, but he does go outside in the neighborhood during the day and plays with the neighbor cats. He likes to climb trees and romp around my backyard. The rest of the time he sleeps in my room in his cute little zebra cat bed or on my lap.
Would you adopt another pet, and if so what kind?
At this point I don’t think I’d adopt any other pets. Maverick prefers to be the only one, plus we make a good pair. I think having another pet on our travels would add more stress and costs.
I noticed a lot of your blog is based on your travelling with your little one, what was your favourite place to visit and why?
Most of our travels so far have been on the West Coast of the USA. I love California, Oregon, and Washington. I’d say the Oregon coast is a highlight, as well as the Avila Beach / California Central Coast area. But there’s still so much more to explore and discover! I’m currently planning a caravan trip to Alaska this summer with other lady vanners.
I’ve always had the travel bug, so I bought an RV a little over a year ago to do just that. When I adopted Maverick, I made sure I selected a cat that would be up for adventures and traveling. Maverick is part Maine Coon, a breed known to enjoy the outdoors and this kind of lifestyle. I really lucked out with Mav, he’s the perfect combo of adventure cat and lap cat!
What’s the biggest difficulty you’ve had while travelling?
Honestly I haven’t had many difficulties with traveling. Maverick adapts fairly quickly each time I take him in the RV on a trip. He’s even flown on a plane and been on boats. He’s toilet trained so I’m not forced to keep a litter box. I’d say my only qualm is that Maverick likes the security of my lap while the vehicle is moving, which means he’s on my lap 95% of the time that I’m driving. It can become a bit tedious as it restricts my leg movement a little bit.
What can our readers expect to see on your blog?
Readers can learn about all the places we visit with some beautiful photos of Maverick and the RV in picturesque places, as well as tips on some great boondocking (dry camping / no hookups) spots. I also plan to post some “how to” tips dealing with cats and traveling.
What is some advice you wish you got before adopting little ones?
Make sure you adopt a pet that fits your lifestyle. Never try to force a lifestyle on your pet. Some breeds/types of cats would not do well traveling or being outside, while others thrive on it.