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Old 08-01-2009, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Seattle2Chicago View Post
Moving from Seattle WA, to Munster IN

We are moving in less then 4 weeks! We just got notice 2 days ago.

We are trying to plan the trip. So far we have rented a moving truck with tow package for our car.

The problem we are having is how often to stop and get a hotel. We were thinking to map quet out 10 hours and stop there for the night. Should we reserve the hotels in advance?

We are also traveling with our two babies (4 year old cats) and worried about how they will handle the trip. We plan to keep them in the cab of the truck with us in a kennel. Can they wait 10 hours to use the bathroom?

Also we have already set up a g-sale since we had been anticipating this move for quite some time. How soon should we start really packing things like the kitchen etc…

Any help would be really appreciated!

Hello, we traveled cross country twice with our 2 cats, and have some tips:

Most Best Westerns are pet friendly, and are fairly decent. Motel 6's are pet friendly, but DON'T go to one. The inside of our room smelled like a toilet, there was noise from other guests all night long, and kitties were scared. Also, Dog, Cat & Other Pet Friendly Hotels at Petswelcome.com has a listing of pet-friendly hotels, and an option of finding hotels along your route. Our favorite was the Best Western Grant Creek Inn in Missoula, Montana.

We checked the hotel rooms each night to block off spaces they could crawl into, and blocked off the space beneath the mattress stand and the headboard with pillows because one cat tried to hide there and we were afraid she would get stuck somewhere. At a Motel 6, she tried to crawl into the box springs (there was a hole in the fabric).

One of ours took dry food snacks on the trip (with the doors of the car closed so she couldn't get out). The other wouldn't eat in the car, but would eat a little at night in the hotel. Neither had any accidents in the car. When we left the cars, we had to leave the windows cracked so they could get air and we couldn't leave them for a long time.

At the hotels, we tried to make sure they had good window access, a couple of toys, blankets and attention. Anything to distract them from the fact that they were basically transient and homeless for a short period of time.

I don't know how well your cats get along, but we put ours in separate kennels because they need their own space.

Good luck and bon voyage
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Old 08-02-2009, 04:45 AM
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Well what a coincident, i am moving out from NWI to Washington in less than 4 weeks as well. If u live in the city you will find it boring here unless u go to chicago downtown. You will be dissapointed if u are a nature person, this place is nothing compare to the beauty of the forest and nature in washington (that is the reason i am moving away from here), this land is dead and is poison by mills and casino, too empty for my taste. And the ppl here, i am sure u have already get a small glipse of it by asking question here. Judge or be judged kind of attitube. But there are always good apple in the basket so gl to you.
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Old 08-02-2009, 10:56 AM
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Originally Posted by Dwatted Wabbit View Post
Put a small litterbox in the carrier. It is cruel and unusual to expect anyone to wait 10 hours to hit the head.

One of our cats gets very nervous when first put into a vehicle. First thing she neds to do is go, 1 or 2.

Then she's fine, she is very interested in traveling.
Second cat just gets into the rhythm of the road and sleeps most of the time.

Good luck.
Anything negative you hear about Indiana folk is probably rumormongering by Seattleites whose political outlook disallows any disagreement.
During our first trip cross country we had a litter box in the car, but the cats wouldn't use it. The second trip, we didn't bother.

Both times we used Feliway, a spray we got at a pet store, because it is supposed to keep them calm. We sprayed it in the car and carrier before starting out in the morning, and in the hotel room before we let them loose. We don't know if it actually did anything, but we were playing it safe. Home - Feliway
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