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Q: What is the best way to travel for 16+ hours in a car with a cat and dog?

November 8, 2008 | By maygan g. | 8 answers | Expired: 2195 days ago

maygan g.

We wil be moving from GA to TX in January and will be driving there. The jim (cat) is not fond of the car is there something we can do to ease his anxiety?

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Ellen S.
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Nov 17, 2008

I noticed a dog in the picture. Do the two pets get along enough to kennel together? the reason why I ask this is my female dogs get very stressed during travel. I have 5 dogs. 4 dogs we travel with as they are small. The last time we had to fly with all 4 we paid for 4 carry on pets. LOL once we were past security we slipped them into pairs. We still carried on 4 carriers but, clementine and winston were crammed together in one and patton and hannah in another. The girls get very stressed out, but when they are with one of the 4 they are much calmer. We do the same in the car. Being together might reduce the stress.

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Jill F.
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Nov 15, 2008

Short of sedating him, which isn't necessarily a good idea, you might just have to bear up. But in any case I found it's best to crate an animal for travelling. I've moved across country with six cats in the car, all caged, and while they weren't happy, they also stayed safe. Try to do your move in the fewest number of hours or days you can manage.

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Dennis H.
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Nov 13, 2008

My cat would travel better outside of a carrier where he could get to a spot in front of a vent. He would calm down after about 10 minutes and ride fine then.

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HomePro
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Nov 12, 2008

Feliway can somewhat calm his or her nerves.

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Jessica P.
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Nov 08, 2008

Oh I didn't see the part about the dog....I traveled with a cat, three dogs, a guinea pig and a hedgehog in a car...If you are in a car (not a truck/suv with crates) then you should without aquestion get a dog "seat belt"...a harness that you hook the seatbelt through for your dog (and possibly your cat if your do not have a carrier). My favorite is by Four Paws and is black with fake wool the seatbelt slips right through a loop on the top of the harness, and does not get tangle like other types. Good luck!

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Jessica P.
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Nov 08, 2008

I like Marianne's idea! When I went on trips from PA to Maine (10hours) with my cat the first two times he howled the whole time, unless he was in the sleeve of my coat (that I was wearing!). Try to find a coat, sweater, wear it whenever you can, don't wash it then place your cat inside/on top when loading up the car. They have natural sedatives that work on some animals, be careful to use them correctly. You may always may want to feed the cat in the car starting a few weeks/days before the drive. At first just place the hungry cat in the car with a bowl of really really yummy food (a special one), let him stay in the non-running car for a little while through out the day/week. Once it seems he is a ittle calmer in the car, try turning it on. Offer special treats and toys in the car. My cat ended up being completely at ease after the third drive when he figured out it was no big deal. Now getting him to use a litter box that was not "his", that was another story! Good luck!

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marianne  v.
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Nov 08, 2008

Here is something my Aunt did when she moved. She had cats that were indoor/outdoor cats and the vet advised her to smear butter or peanut butter all over the cats paws and belly. (where he could reach it)right before they were to leave. The cat would be so busy cleaning himself he'd forget all about the drive and where he was. Worth a shot.

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Marnie B.
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Nov 08, 2008

You might want to look into some Feliway...a pheromone spray that can be sprayed into his carrier to relieve some of his stress. And if it's a serious problem, you could ask your vet for something as a light tranquilizer/sedative.

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