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Unread 06-23-2008, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Virginia ~ via Maine
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Default relocating with pets

I am looking for some suggestions on the best way to travel from Maine to Virginia with my cat. I would love to bring him with me when I move, but unless I can come up with a realistic way to travel with him I will need to find him a new home before I go.

I know some people out there will say it is wrong to give your cat any drug etc, but when I moved just an hour away a few hrs ago he was so stressed out. He meowed the entire hour and messed in his carrier and he was covered in it by the time he arrived at his new home. I believe not giving him some type of drug to relax him would be cruel.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 09:03 AM
 
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I am looking for some suggestions on the best way to travel from Maine to Virginia with my cat. I would love to bring him with me when I move, but unless I can come up with a realistic way to travel with him I will need to find him a new home before I go.

I know some people out there will say it is wrong to give your cat any drug etc, but when I moved just an hour away a few hrs ago he was so stressed out. He meowed the entire hour and messed in his carrier and he was covered in it by the time he arrived at his new home. I believe not giving him some type of drug to relax him would be cruel.
That could be tough. Our cat won't go near a cat carrier,subsequently she has only been to the vet's office once to be fixed and if she so much as sees a cat carrier she bolts. I tried to take her to the vet's office a few years ago and put her in the truck but she literally bounced off the windows so hard I thought she'd break her own neck so I turned around and took her home. She's 14 and doesn't need to go anywhere. If I had to move I would find someone to leaver her with instead of trying to move her.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 09:07 AM
 
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My brother in law traveled from Las Vegas to Maine with his cat. He got tranquilizers from the veterinarian for her. Call your vet and see what they suggest.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 09:16 AM
 
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Quaaludes man!
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Unread 06-23-2008, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Down East Maine
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Default Take Your Cat

Hi-
We moved from Texas to Maine with three cats (one of them 19 years old!) and two dogs. One of our cats is very stressed when traveling so we got Meds from the vet. Keep the cat in a carrier and give the Meds every 8 hours and you will be in maine in no time WITH your furry friend. We just called to our vet and picked up the tranqullizers on the way out of town. Good luck!
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Unread 06-23-2008, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Chaos Central
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Call your vet for advice on a good safe drug and possibly withholding food starting the day before (to avoid diarrhea).

And don't let the cat see the carrier before you nab her to put her in it
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Unread 06-23-2008, 10:51 AM
 
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Default Traveling w/Pets

I drove all alone with my german shepherd and two cats when I moved from New York to North Carolina (which took over 16 hours). My cats hate each other, but they had to share the back portion of my Honda CRV the whole ride down here. I used my dog-barrier thing to keep them confined to the back area of my vehicle, and each had a nice, comfortable place to sleep. I also gave each of them one tranquilizer from the vet about 10 minutes before we left, it started them out in a very relaxed state and they were fine for the whole trip. I also provided them some food and water, but didn't open up the area they were in at all the whole trip so they didn't jump out and run.

I would NEVER consider getting rid of my pets because transporting them to a new house is not an easy thing to do! If you care for them, you will bring them with you no matter what.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Maine
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I'd go with the tranquilizers too. My step-mother puts a towel over the cat carrier to keep Patches from flipping out on their 90 minute trip to camp.
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Unread 06-23-2008, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Midcoast Maine
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We've done 2 long-distance moves with our 2 cats. Sure, it wasn't easy to deal with unhappy cats for hours on end in a cramped car. Once we arrived at our destinations, it was well worth it though! (Sedatives really do work wonders! )
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Unread 06-23-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Quaaludes man!
He, he he. That would be my sophic of choice.

I have an old Doonesbury cartoon on my office wall, where the characters are at a '70's theme party. One of 'em is dressed up as a Rorer 714.

Gotta love that Mandrake! Great diet aid. You can't even see the fork in front of you, let alone pick it up.

I'll bet the vet will give him a Xanax.
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