View Full Version : Traveling long distances with cats!?
01-31-2006, 10:00 AM
We need to transport our cats approx 900mi. We will be staying overnight somewhere.
Anybody do this before? Any advice?
01-31-2006, 10:39 AM
yeah...I went to houston to LA with our cat in the car. It wasn't bad at all. we just had her in her cage for the first 20-30 mintues to let her get used to the car. then we let her out to walk around a bit in the car. When we thought nature called for her...we would stop in a rest area put a leash on her take out a cup of litter sand and put it on the ground so she could smell the litter and do her business there. when we stayed in a hotel, we just said screw it and bought the cat in with us. everything was all good.
01-31-2006, 11:57 AM
You might wanna talk to your vet about a mild sedative that might make the cat more agreeable to a long trip like that.
01-31-2006, 11:57 AM
My wife and I drove a moving truck from portland ME to Seattle WA with our cat. We kept her in her carrier for the first half hour then let her roam around the cab (on the passenger side). Between us we had a shoebox full of liter, we put her in it and she got the idea. She spent most of the time on my wife's lap, then some time in her carrier as well. We had a water dish for her as well (margarine tub with a lid). At night we would queitly bring her into the hotel with her liter box and we would feed her then. We drove for 5 days and she was fine the whole way, she complained for a bit each morning. On he last day she threw up while coming down the windy mountains in MT. Other than that it was easy, she really liked Mt. Rushmore and the Corn Palace, although she waited in the car at Wall Drug. Good luck and have fun.
01-31-2006, 12:21 PM
Just pack them up in some bubble wrap, put them in a box & call Fedex. If they're not declawed, you might want to use those styrofoam peanuts instead.
01-31-2006, 01:32 PM
Your local PetsMart should also have a book titled something like "Travelling with your Pets" You don't have to purchase it but you can thumb through it. Your cats should be fine. THe advice here about 30 minutes in a carrier and then little them roam are good... so long as you don't crash ;)
01-31-2006, 02:11 PM
Other than that it was easy, she really liked Mt. Rushmore and the Corn Palace, although she waited in the car at Wall Drug.
Smart cat. Wall Drug is pretty boring.
01-31-2006, 02:17 PM
Don't forget a good dose of Kitty Nighty-Nite (heroin). That will put them down for hours.
01-31-2006, 02:57 PM
Our cats all get severely car sick (aren't we lucky!). The last trip we ended up giving them a mild sedative from the vet and it worked beautifully. Hope yours doesn't get car sick! ;)
01-31-2006, 03:22 PM
medicate them, less trauma for everyone.
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