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Q: Moving Pets?

December 19, 2008 | By Candace M. | 16 answers | Expired: 2058 days ago

Candace M.

What is the best method of moving cats? We are going to be moving this summer and I was wondering what would be the best way to bring the cats on a 5-6 hour car ride.

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Kristin C.
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Jan 02, 2009

We moved from CO to Tx with 2 cats. We used a large enough crate that boths cats fit in (assuming your's get along). We just put them in the back seat and made sure it didn't get too hot or cold for them. If you have a cat bed or something familiar to them - put that with them. We also stayed at cat friendly hotel the one night we stopped. Just brought the whole crate inside then had disposable litter boxes that we could throw aay. WE NEVER opened the crate if there was a chance they could escape or get out. They did howl a little but got used to it.

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Carolyn K.
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Dec 29, 2008

I would suggest getting a cat carrier and making it all snuggle with blankets. Just make sure they are their blankets with their scent on them so they will be more comfortable with the familiarity and they should be fine! Good luck on your move!

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Dec 24, 2008

One thing to keep in mind is microchipping your cats when you move. We moved once and our cat ran away from our new home and made it to our old house a week later. We were just worried about getting the cat from point a to point b but neglected to think about how the cat would settle once she got to the new place.

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Doran359
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Dec 21, 2008

SOund Proofers for you in additon to all the excelletn ideas presented. That way if they scream the entire was, you won't lose your cool.

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Dn87503
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Dec 21, 2008

i suggest a huge carrier so you can add a nice litter box, as well as clip on water and food dishes. make sure kitty will be able to turn around and stretch its legs.
keep a harness on kitty so if you need to take it out for a walk, it won't slip its collar.
good luck.

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Ourstaff
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Dec 20, 2008

The cats should each have their own carrier to make sure there are no stress related fights. It should be large enough for them to move around (you can find medium to large carriers in the dog section of most pet supply stores) Put the open carriers out where the cats can play/sleep in them at I freeze water in plastic bottles, wrap it in towels and place it in the car to keep the cats cool. A litter mat on the bottom of the cage will help keep the cat clean  (I posted instructions on how to make one in an old journal). Make sure the carriers are strapped down (nothing ruins a nice trip for a cat faster than crashing against the walls of your carrier). If you have to move the cats you may want to get a small box to transfer them in (to make sure they don't panic and run off )

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Kathleen M.
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Dec 20, 2008

We moved our cat from Massachusetts to Texas and it was pretty stressful for her, she definitely doesn't like the car. Getting her used to the carrier helped some and we also had a product from the vet - a spray that is supposed to calm cats - that we used - not sure if it helped. The vet advised against using any medication to calm her. That said, she came through it just fine (even the 3 nights in hotels) and is a-okay.

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Stacey H.
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Dec 19, 2008

I would put the carriers out in the old house for awhile so they become more comfortable with them.When its time to leave i would put an item in the carriers that the cat likes, likes a bed or blanket. This will have their scent on it and will make them feel more comfortable. I would put a cover over the carrier so they can't see. This helps to be calm. Depending on how your cats ride in a car maybe talk to your current vet and see if there is medication you can get to keep them calm and happy. Good Luck!

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Sarah J.
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Dec 19, 2008

Definately a comfy carrier with something draped over it so they don't freak out too much. I usually put mine in the back seat that way I can talk to them and my voice keeps them calm. All kitties are different though and some hate riding in cars.

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Gail B.
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Dec 19, 2008

I would put them in a pet carrier and provide them with water and let them out about every hour to hour & 1/2 for some exercise.

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