Wow, I don’t know how I missed a page and a half of postings that I never recall appearing in the postings since last visit list. Maybe that was a good thing.
Regarding the tranquilizers. Our vet was only about 8 miles away, so we had some kind of oblong shapped green pill that we fed the cats 1/2 of a tablet just b4 taking them that the vet gave us towards the end. Whatever the stuff was, it didn’t knock them out, just buzzed them enough that they were a bit lethargic for a while and made it easy to get them in the kitty carrier and they didn’t freak out during the ride over or visit. I have no idea what a long trip would have been like although it probably wouldn’t have went well.
I mentioned traveling to one of my girls and she reminded me of a lady we knew that used to travel between Union City, NJ and Miami on a regular basis with her cat in a minivan. It was one of those rag doll or rag muffin type cats. Huge cat by comparison to ours and apparently traveled very well.
Good luck with your move. There are several good tips in this thread for how to help your pets survive the journey. At least you are not going to have the hot weather to deal with….that really is a major factor.
If space is a real issue, consider putting the cat carriers in the car you are towing. Just check them every time you stop !
Glad to hear all went well, diva. Best of luck in the job search!
Congratulations on the successful transplant!! Report in when you can.
Glad it went well for you and your kids. Good luck with the search.
We made it. No kitty valium needed, though it was avalable. Roxy meowed for about the first hour and a half, and Chica chimed in as she felt like it, but after that, they calmed down and napped off and on. Chica escaped her carrier to get under the seats, but showed no interest in leaving the truck. The second day they both seemed to take things in stride and onlyu a few meows were added when a big bump or a loud noise startled them.
Thanks for all the tips and good wishes. I’m glad to be safely at Mom’s house and off the road for a while. Now wish me luck in the job hunt and I’ll be all set!
Thanks for the tip Al. Since I will be travelling South, I bet the climate will only get warmer. I plan to take water from "home" in a cooler so they will have cold water to drink and to reduce temperature if that (shudder) should be needed. I am planning to limit their food though unless the vet tells me otherwise.
I am really hoping that they will sleep during the daytime since that’s what they normally do anyway being cats, and will just stay in their carriers in the shade and A/C. But I really don’t know what they are going to do. I don’t plan to let them get too active unless it’s in the motel at night. The cab of a U-Haul just isn’t all that big.
Thank goodness cats don’t need walks like dogs do to stay healthy and happy. I’ll just have to be extra careful when it’s time to put out the litterbox. Maybe I’ll only let one cat out at a time. Probably while Paul is getting food, I’ll deal with that. When he comes back, I’ll go wash up and eat.
We aren’t planning to leave them in the truck for longer than it takes to refuel without the A/C running.
That’s one reason why I shanghaied my friend Paul into helping me drive! One of us could get fuel in the truck while the other did whatever s/he needed inside, then we could switch. We won’t be eating Roadfood, but I have a responsibility to my girls that I won’t ignore.
I hope you have a great trip to GA. I just wish it was going to be the following weekend so I might be able to at least stop by and say "Hi" to everyone as I head to Mom’s house. I haven’t eaten at the Dillard House, but I know where it is. I hope it is a nice meal, and I know the company will be great! Pass my greetings on to everyone. Maybe I can join in a similar outing once I’m settled!
Only partly relevent, but I want to add in here a word of caution. We travel with our dogs a lot. They are good travelers and frankly it is cheaper to take them with us on trips than to board them in a kennel or ‘doggie resort’. This coming weekend we are going to do a 3 day ride down to Dillard Georgia to visit with Sundancer and Poverty Pete and eat a bit. We will pay the boarding fees for the dogs only because of the constant hot and humid weather that makes it the "Wrong Thing to Do" to keep them for any length of time in the truck or other non-ac area.
I know your situation is different–moving rather than vacation— but please be sure that you take into consideration the local climate at each stop. Our dogs are free to move about in the crew-cab, but find that sometimes even when the cab seems to be comfortable, the direct sunlite on their black-fur cause overheating , especially on McDuff, who has extra dense fur. They both love to play with and chew ice-cubes, so we try to have them available at each rest stop if the climate warrants the treat.
Good luck with your move!
You can make Kentucky in about six hours (maybe seven from where you are in Michigan), no problem at all. Tennessee should take another 3-4 hours, depending on how often you stop. Seems like I drove for about 11 hours and was less than 15 miles from Alabama going straight down I-65.
Of course, that depends on how much the cat makes you crazy, I guess. My best hope with mine if I’m travelling more than a couple of miles to the vet is that he’ll become so terrified he freezes and stops yowling. [;)]
A good way to distract cats in motel rooms and new homes (I’ve never tested it on a car trip) is to put a little butter on their front paws. They are so busy cleaning it off they don’t notice where they are.
Cats are also comforted by scent, so wear a T-shirt for an hour or so, and put it in the carrier.
Thanks, Al. I really was asking for help. I don’t mind the occasional cat joke, got to laugh at myself, don’t you know. But I hate it when they get cruel.
Thanks for the picture, BT. My cats are both black, so when I take pictures, their faces come out little black blobs most of the time. I’m with you on driving as long as possible, so I’m hoping to make it from MI to the KY border or Northern TN the first day and make it to Warner Robins the 2nd. If it were just me, I’d keep going until I was sleepy, but I prefer to make a reservation at a pet friendly hotel this time.
Usually when they are in the car and out of the carrier, Chica and Roxy are under my feet, not too safe when the vehicle is in motion. (especially in a manual transmission vehicle like mine) I’m hoping to have one of them in my lap at a time when my friend is driving, but I won’t bother them if they are sleeping. Roxy especially is a lap cat, so I hope she’ll enjoy snuggling while she’s on the road. If not, she’ll have a nice soft bed in her carrier.
I’m bringing their Cat Dancer along so they can run around and exercise in the hotel when we stop if they feel like it.
Thanks again for all your help folks! I’m getting more nervous and excited every day.
Oh, BT, your travelling companion is georgous! Lucky for you she likes to travel and seems to do it well. What a beautiful cat!!
I agree, BT; I’m fairly new here, so sometimes I’m not sure who’s kidding around, who’s harmless, who’s a little nuts….yeah, we get it, not everyone likes cats (I personally love them, and would probably become a crazy cat lady if my boyfriend weren’t allergic) but graphically describing tortuous acts to a living creature is disturbing, disrespectful and unnecessary, and says a lot about the poster.
I not only respect your judgement, I thank you for it. One of the truly annoying things about this site is when people who ask sincere, reasonable questions honestly seeking help get snide, disrespectful and distinctly unhelpful responses in return. It isn’t right and I, for one, appreciate strong action by the moderators. So, thank you!
My cat and I travel together a lot. I think in order for them to take it well, you have to start them off doing it when they are kittens, which I did. Now we go to and from Arizona every year (about 14 hours on the road, 900 miles) and we’ve gone to Florida together from Arizona (2000 miles, about 2 1/2 days). Even though everyone says you should keep the cat in a carrier in the car, I don’t. I have one ready to put her in if we get in heavy traffic or city driving, but out on the open highway I let her out of it and usually she climbs into my lap and goes to sleep. It’s not extremely safe, but we are both accustomed to it. Usually, I find a way to set up a litter box, food and water for her either in the back seat well or, if I have an SUV or minivan (I usually drive rental cars), somewhere in the back. That’s necessary because I drive from sunup until bedtime–14 hours or more–when I’m going long distance. I hate sitting around in a motel room. It seems like wasting time to me. Also, having the cat pretty much rules out great Roadfood experiences because I hate leaving her in the car alone. When it’s hot, I think that’s cruel. So I usually pack food ahead of time to take with us or eat take-out in the car. Oh, and NO DRUGS–for me or the cat!
My travelling companion:
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