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Old 04-10-2016, 06:17 AM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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I thank all who have responded on how they've successfully moved their pets by themselves in their own vehicles. And I appreciate those who have suggested we do the same.

However, the intent of this thread is to seek feedback from those who have used a pet transportation service to move their pets, as we have determined that to move them ourselves is just not going to work for us.

Thanks again for all the feedback!
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Old 04-10-2016, 08:29 AM
 
Location: The sleepy part of New York City
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You're right. We've all talked around your question but no one here could answer it directly.

Have you checked online reviews? They actually seem pretty good.


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Old 04-10-2016, 12:24 PM
 
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I can see the value of shipping considering the sized cars you'll be driving. I've been from MS to CT to HI to GA and back to CT all with 2 dogs and picking up a Hawaiian cat. We've shipped via air and I once used U-ship for a Great Dane. (amazing experience)

If you have a reputable company picked out then go with them. (I'd be reading customer feedback) It's going to be traumatic no matter what. But you'll be able to relax if you don't have to worry about hearing meow the whole trip. Plus you can time it so your place will be ready when the cats get there.

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Old 04-10-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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I'm thinking that you guys need to find a way to make it work in your cars.

Cats get stressed out when traveling and to not have a familiar face and smells would be even more stressful.

Put two cats in one carrier in one car and one cat and carrier in another car.

I did this from Myrtle Beach, SC to Sarasota, Florida then 18 months later over to Fort Lauderdale.

LaQuintas are pet friendly.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:25 PM
 
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Ha ha ha! Good catch. Should have said, "We're moving from NC to FL and would otherwise need to take our three cats in the two cars we'll be driving."

I drive a Corvette, in which we would have to put two carriers in the back, and she drives a Miata, which would need a carrier in the passenger seat. This in addition to all the luggage we'll need for the next 4-6 weeks.

So you can see that this would be more of a hardship for us versus those who drive SUVs!
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Wow, I bought a new Honda crv to move from MA to FL why for the 2 dogs and crate. Just teasing but glad I did since ac is a must here. My trip was 2 days and hotels were pet friendly.
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Old 04-10-2016, 01:35 PM
 
Location: Ft Myers, FL
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... It's going to be traumatic no matter what. But you'll be able to relax if you don't have to worry about hearing meow the whole trip. ...
Probably more traumatic for the owners! The cats'll most likely sleep the whole way.

Speaking of "meow," one of our cats sounds like she's saying, "WHAAAAT?? WHAAAAT??"

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I'm thinking that you guys need to find a way to make it work in your cars.

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We CAN make it work in the cars. That was Plan A for months. But the more we thought of it, the more we liked the idea of removing one more layer of stress from our relocation.
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Old 04-10-2016, 04:39 PM
 
Location: Miami, FL
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Anyone here experienced with transport pet fish?
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:18 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles>Little Rock>Houston>Little Rock
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When I moved from LA to Little Rock I used a pet shipping service to transport my 6 cats. It worked out fine. The last two times I moved was a shorter distance and I just had them in their carriers in the back of my car. Haggie peed in his carrier not even an hour out. We had to stop and clean up the mess and then he spent the rest of the trip laying on a towel covered pillow on my lap. He was happy as a clam. He loved looking out the window.
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:30 PM
 
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NC to FLA is not that far. Personally, I have three cats that I have traveled with and I would never hire a transport service. They are better off with you, where you can speak softly to them and reassure them. Just get roomy carriers

Cats are tough - NC to FLA is not a big deal.
I agree completely!

If the car is full of boxes etc, ship a few boxes ahead via UPS to make room for the carriers.

Good Luck with your move!
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Old 04-10-2016, 05:43 PM
 
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However, the intent of this thread is to seek feedback from those who have used a pet transportation service to move their pets, as we have determined that to move them ourselves is just not going to work for us.
I haven't had experience with a pet transportation service but did fly my dog cargo cross country and would not recommend it. A normally calm, confident dog came off that plane a basket case for months.

I would consider a pet transportation service only if they got very high reviews.
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