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Old 11-15-2007, 11:00 PM
 
Location: Hot-Houston Texas
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Well, looks like it can be done. I guess I'll find out next time. Thanks everyone!
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Old 11-18-2007, 02:41 PM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I put a harness on the cat and a leash before letting them out of the crate. More insurance on them panicking. In addition to all the other tips. I get howls for about 15 minutes then they give up and are quiet.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:18 PM
 
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Default travel

When I moved from Atlanta to Charlotte, I had a 'dog crate' (wire) that Annabelle slept in to protect her from my roommates cat who would fight anybody and everything...thus her name TYSON. Put th hairballs and their litter box inside and took off. Bubba hollered for 45 minutes (scared me to death...he's usually so quiet) and then calmed down. Annabelle crawled into the litterbox and layed in the box the entire trip... I stopped and tried to give them water but nope didn't want. As soon as I got to the apartment and got the keys, took the crate with them inside and closed them in a closet with water inside and a blanket over the top....dark, quiet and safe. My family got there with the truck, peeked in and laughed. we got the truck unloaded, truck returned and went to dinner, when I got back I opened the crate door and they crept out and were fine. Subsequent trips back and forth to ATL they fuss a little but resigned themselves to the trip. I actually bought a smaller "travel" carrier - plastic and is easier to transport both inside...a little fussing then they usually sleep.
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Old 11-20-2007, 05:55 PM
 
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Have you considered finding a pet sitter instead of taking the cats on vacation with you? That might be easier.

But, if you still want to take them, a large dog-size kennel gives cats a lot of room. We bought a dog-size large carrier for our two cats to stay in, since it gave them more room. We drove with them about 10 hours when we moved recently. They didn't seem to mind the drive overall.
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Old 11-26-2007, 08:08 AM
 
Location: Hot-Houston Texas
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Have you considered finding a pet sitter instead of taking the cats on vacation with you? That might be easier.

But, if you still want to take them, a large dog-size kennel gives cats a lot of room. We bought a dog-size large carrier for our two cats to stay in, since it gave them more room. We drove with them about 10 hours when we moved recently. They didn't seem to mind the drive overall.
I was taking her to my mothers, but she won't be able to do it next time, and I don't want to leave her with a stranger.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Tucson, AZ
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Default We moved cross country with 3 cats

In July, my husband and I moved from Maryland to Arizona with our 3 cats. After debating several strategies, here's what we ended up with:

We have a Subaru Baja (car/truck - kind of like the old brats, but we have a cover on the bed). We folded down the back seat so they had access to the bed (it's securely covered). There was a litter pan back there that they could use. We spread blankets and cat beds throughout the vehicle. We had netting set up b/t the front and back seats so they couldn't get up front and distract the driver. We even had one of their smaller "trees" set up so they could lay on that and look out the window. We also hooked up a large rabbit water bottle that they drank from w/o having water sloshed all over the car.

We only used a crate to take them from the car into the hotels each night. They were a lot better than we expected. But one other thing we did was give them very very low doses of acepromazine each morning (just to mellow them out a bit). They were nowhere near knocked out, but it helped to ease their anxiety - none of them have ever been cooperative travelers.
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Old 11-29-2007, 02:18 PM
 
Location: southern california
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worst scenario, she does not like it. keep her in her cage . she is guna yowl count on it. ear plugs? not all cats react the same. some love it. no cage no nothing. they are funny creatures.
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Old 11-29-2007, 05:30 PM
 
Location: home...finally, home .
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traveled 3,000 miles with my cat .

Next summer , I am planning to move to Portland from Long Island and , of course, Gracie will come with me. I would need to stay in motels (the way I drive, it might take over ten days....) Would I need to mention to the motel people that I have a cat? Would we get kicked out? Is there any other way of getting a tiny Honda and a cat safely across the country?
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Old 11-29-2007, 10:00 PM
 
Location: Land of Thought and Flow
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Suggestion for cats who hate car-rides: Kitty Tranqs.
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Old 11-30-2007, 01:01 AM
 
Location: Metromess
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The cats I have had go ballistic in a car. Sensory overload, since they have always been indoor cats, plus maybe some of them associated car travel with going to the vet. Maybe they'd get used to it if I had driven them around more often, but I doubt it. I agree withstrawberryfield that tranquilizers from the vet are a good idea. A yowling cat can ruin a trip.
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