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Old 06-26-2008, 03:26 PM
Location: Earth Wanderer, longing for the stars.
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Originally Posted by sskkc View Post
I ditto CMTAD... we've moved several times (twice cross country, plus 2 additional moves requiring 3+ hours in the car).

Before the first big move, the cats were fine in the car... we always let them roam free. We had made the 3+ hour trip with them in the car previously and they were always fine. On moving day, I was alone with the cats in the car. About 1/2 way there, one of them suddenly "flipped out". She began running around the ledges of my Escort, mewling and screaming alternately, peeing everywhere as she went. (I had a litter box set up on the floor in the back, as usual, so that wasn't it) She then jumped on me and began clawing me like a wild animal.

As it was in the days before we had cells (10 years ago), my dh and fil in the truck didn't notice me pull over. I had to stop for about a half hour and calm her down. The rest of the trip, she and the other one began mewling and growling, but at least they were calm.

I still have a couple scars from that day. They HATE the cat carriers, but we're all a bit safer that way.
I agree. If you are alone, you definitely should restrain them. If you have a partner, then I would think/hope they could console the beast.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:10 PM
Location: California
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Default Kids, Dogs, and Cat in tow....

We are moving to WI from CA in mid July with 3 kids, 3 dogs, and 1 cat in two cars. We intend to separate them as follows: One kid and three dogs in one car, (the dogs do fine sitting in the back seat) two kids and a cat in the other car. The cat will be in a crate the whole trip. The dogs have crates that will be used just for the hotel stays. We managed to book pet friendly hotels for the trip, already. We will make the trip in 6 days with no more than 6 hours of driving a day. Wish us luck. After hearing some of the other stories on here, I am thinking our trip will not be so bad.
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Old 06-26-2008, 05:29 PM
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We're making a thousand mile move tomorrow.
Two vehicles, three humans, ten cats.
Wish us luck

Ten cats? I know about Fat Freddy's cat, but 10 of 'em??
Maybe you could pick up a few strays along the way.
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Old 06-27-2008, 02:26 AM
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As for letting the cats out during the drive, I was VERY against it but after watching my 10 month old cat rub his paws red trying to 'dig' out of his box after two hours in the carrier we decided to try it. I would NEVER do this if I was the only person in the car and I would only do it if the passenger (me) was willing to ride herd on the cats the whole trip. I had two and as earlier mentioned, we were going from CA to NY, 15 hours/day. I let them out one at a time until the last day where I let them out together. It was very dangerous and probably illegal but they just found a box and slept on it. I had to watch them like a hawk the whole trip and was always tense and ready for a cat 'freak'-out.
I just took them to my new house (40 minute trip) and as I was alone, they stayed in carriers. OMG you never heard such a racket. And this from cats who just drove all the way from CA! But alone, there was no choice.
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Old 06-27-2008, 04:09 PM
Location: FL
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My husband and I drove from PA to SWFL. We drove with 3 cats and a dog. We had the 2 best friend cats together in a huge cat carrier and the other cat in a different one, and the dog was loose. We rented a mini van and the dog took up the middle row of seats, and the crates were on the floor. We made stops to let them eat and use the litter, but honestly, they didn't use the litter until we stopped for the night at a hotel. It was so much better than we expected it to be- no issues.
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Old 06-27-2008, 06:33 PM
Location: Mountain Home, ID
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I don't think it's a good idea to let a cat (or dog) loose in a car, no matter how many people are there. It's one thing if you have a pet grate and keep the animals confined in the back, but letting them roam around in the passenger compartment? Who knows what could happen? Aside from the stories mentioned in this thread, what if there's an unavoidable wreck? Unrestrained pet goes flying and gets hurt or killed, that's what. No matter how much they hate it or kick up a fuss, it's safer for everyone involved if they stay in the carrier.
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Old 06-29-2008, 03:17 PM
Location: Golden, CO
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We're taking a rental truck and towing a car for 1100 miles next month. Our thought is to let the two cats roam free with their blankets, water, and litter, in the car that's being towed. We can put the windows down enough to keep it cool.

I don't think we'd have the space to put crates in the truck with us.

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Old 06-29-2008, 04:33 PM
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I think it will be WAY too hot in the towed car for those cats, window or not. Animals heat up really quickly - we had a cat die on us when my husband was taking a cat home from the vet on a hot day with no a/c (windows down). Granted, that cat was already ill, but the heat did not help. They need to go in a car/truck/etc with adequate cooling.
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Old 07-01-2008, 12:50 PM
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Default Moving from OK to OR with a cat and a dog

I know there's already a thread about this, but here's another one.

I'm moving to Oregon with a cat and a dog. It's about a 3 day drive. I plan to sell both of my cars before I leave because in Portland, I won't need cars. This will create a problem, in that the rental trucks I've looked at only have two front seats. Where can I put the animals? Will they be safe in the back of the truck in crates, assuming I stop every few hours and let them out?

The other option, which irritatingly costs the same amount of money, is to rent a minivan, which will have more room for pets, but less room for stuff.

The other other option is to take the cat, and put the dog in an airplane cargo hold later.

What do you recommend?
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:21 PM
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Amen. A car can heat up to 120-140 degrees easy , even if you were driving in the shade. Cracking a window isn't enough. Is it worth your pet's lives to find out if you're right?
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