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Q: Whats the best way to travel with a cat?

January 22, 2009 | By JessieAPJ | 24 answers | Expired: 1898 days ago

JessieAPJ

In a few months, I'm moving about 6 hours from her original home. Any suggestions?

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Lynne F.
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Jan 29, 2009

I moved 12 hours away and had to put my cat in a carrier. I made sure I left food and water in the carrier. I didn't let him out during the trip because I knew he would not get back in the carrier. the last thing you want is for your cat to get loose.

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BOCOOL21
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Jan 27, 2009

If travelling by car, be sure you have a carrier for your cat. It is important for their safety and for yours. Try to be sure the carrier is large enough for your cat to move around, and that he/she has fresh water.

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Sandy S.
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Jan 26, 2009

When our shelter transports cats, each is placed in a separate carrier. The carriers are secured in place and equiped with a litter pan and water. The cats that are traveling 6 - 8 hours also receive a little bit of dry food. If we know a cat is really stressed or anxious, we use Rescue Remedy by rubbing a drop or two on the ears or paws. It can be purchased in a health or natural food store such as Whole Foods.

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Linda H.
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Jan 24, 2009

Lol we had to move from Maryland to New Mexico with 2 cats. The vet prescribed valium and they slept a lot. At night we stayed in a hotel and they got to play and get out of the crates. But check with your vet and see if that will work. It was better then having them stressed out. Hope this helps.

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GARY o.
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Jan 24, 2009

If by car make sure you have a blanket in the back seat, toys & plenty of water & food. The weather has alot too how you travel. Never leave a pet in a hot or cold car. Also see if the pet is not car sick.

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Diana  M.
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Jan 23, 2009

We moved to Florida with seven cats. I had two large kennels in my van and knew who could be together. I also went to the vet and got something to calm them. They did great, the trip took us 22 hours so needless to say I did hear a little crying towards the end. I had water and a littler box in ear kennel. Our dog rode with my husband in the rental truck, we made it safe and sound, that was four years ago.

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PTLJmom
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Jan 23, 2009

My son has moved several times with his cats. He puts them in their (individual) carriers, and then every hour to hour and a half he stops and lets them out (within the car) to pet them, feed them and/or let them have water.
Hope this helps.

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sandy h.
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Jan 23, 2009

I have not gone as far as 6 hours with our cat but when I take him to the vet (1 hour) I have him in his carrier with the seat belt around it. Most cats don't like to travel.

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Lruder
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Jan 23, 2009

We've traveled 6-18 hours with our cats and have always had them in a carrier with a small litter pan available and water. This allows them to feel a bit more secure in a confined area. They would start out the trip rather vocally but then seemed to adjust and traveled well. We haven't had issues with motion sickness though that can be a factor. There are products available for that or check with your vet. Good luck.

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carol  s.
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Jan 23, 2009

That is dependant on the length of the trip. Ideally on a long trip if you have the space for a carrier that is large enough to hold a litter box, food and water-do that. And the point about making it secure is a good one

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