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Q: how to travel well with cats??

February 16, 2009 | By laura f. | 11 answers | Expired: 1967 days ago

how to travel well with cats??

i would really like to bring my cats upstate to my country home this summer. it is a two hour car ride. how do i prepare them for the ride and the new space? should i? or leave them home? thanks!

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Shawna A.
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Feb 27, 2009

A two hour car ride isn't long at all!
Different cats react differently.
Two of my cats have traveled for 20 hours w/o a litter box break (we were traveling on a plane internationally). They both made it fine. I left the older one back home with my brother; I wasn't sure he could handle the stress.
If you are really worried about them because they get anxious, you can cut a Benadryl in half, and give it to them. This will only make them kinda drowsy.
There is also this stuff I got from the vet that should calm them called Feliway Pheromone spray. It worked for one cat but not the other.

In moving all three cats down from New York to North Carolina, we just had to listen to them cry. Two were fine, the one was still just crying away. She also was crying after her 21 hour plane ride (which was how I found where to pick her up- I followed her voice).

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Mary Lynn H.
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Feb 24, 2009

I've always traveled with my cats. The longest has been a 12 hour day followed by 6 hours the next day. We listen to music or books on tape. I talk to them. Rest stops for them include using the litter box that is in the car and drinking water. In the summer time I walk them (lease and harness) around the rest stop. I started taking two 10 year old cats to St. Louis from Chicago when my son was in college. They did just as well as the cats I have now who started as kittens.

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kaye m.
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Feb 22, 2009

Decide they would be better off at home with a sitter. Depends how old they are and how easily they adapt to new surroundings

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Marcia W.
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Feb 17, 2009

I would try taking them for short rides in their carrier to see how they react. I was never able to take mine far as they would howl and eventually vomit. My vet had me give them a small dose of a tranqulizer for the 2 hour ride but it would take them most of the rest of the day for the drugs to wear off. They would come out of their carrier staggering like drunken sailors and after trying this a couple of times, I just didn't think it was right to put them through it. I know many cats love to ride in the car but none of the 4 cats I've owned could ever enjoy it. Good luck as I'm sure you would love to have them with you on the vacation.

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Anonymous
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Feb 17, 2009

I think a lot depends on how much your cats enjoy their carrier and being in the car. When I spent 18 hours in a car moving states, I was fortunate my cat didn't mind the carrier and he loved the ride. I now have two cats who absolutely HATE car rides and become very stressed with their carrier and going anywhere new. I would think if your cats enjoy the carrier and don't mind going places (i.e. the vet) then you should be fine.

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carla E.
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Feb 17, 2009

How well do your cats like their carrier and rides in the car? If they don't already love both, then gradually built up how much time they do both overtime. I had a cat who loved to ride in the car and would hop right in a carrier if 1 just rapped the top of the carrier with 1's fingers. I traveled by car from GA to OK with this cat. He did require that I let him out of the carrier once we got going down the road so he could move about. But I just made sure I had put him back into the carrier prior to opening the car door for anything. Once I arrived I keep the cat confined to a smaller area until he had settled in.

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Steven B.
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Feb 17, 2009

Cats usually move around rather easily. First you should place your cat in their carrier each day for short periods of time to make them familiar and feel more comfortable in the carrier. After a few days of doing this you could move them to the car and take short trips (10 - 15 minutes) to feel more comfortable with the motion of the car. The more you can take them along the more they will get used to the traveling. For longer trips (1 hour or more) maybe a samll break for some water would also help, but usually (unless the it is very hot)they can go for an hour or two easily without water (even up to four hours) with little stress on the cat.
Many cats actually learn to like to travel for vacations as much as the people do. I think it can be more stressful to leave the cat behind if you have to have them outside their own home and they do not have someone they know to care for them.

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Cheryl b.
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Feb 17, 2009

You can talk to your vet about getting some sedatives for the ride. Most cats may start out meowing but eventually they will go to sleep during a long car ride.

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Marilyn M.
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Feb 17, 2009

I take my cats on many 2-hour rides and the older cats do fine in their carrier. For kittens up to a year, I use a big dog carrier and put a litter box in the back. There's even room to hang a shelf from the side vent holes. For cold weather, I use a microwavable dish wrapped in a towel under the carrier. I always carry water and a dish which attaches to the carrier door just in case we encounter a delay. Of course all this doesn't leave a lot of room for your luggage.

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Patkedz
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Feb 16, 2009

I hate to leave my pets anywhere. Take them on short car rides to see how they like the ride. If they do not seem to be stressed out I would take them. But if they seem to be very stressed they would probably be much happy to stay at home even though you will miss them

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