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

January 22, 2009 | By JessieAPJ | 24 answers | Expired: 1899 days ago

JessieAPJ

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

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Sarah H.
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Jan 23, 2009

Depends on how far you are going. Most cats don't like to travel so I wouldn't make it a common occurence. I've takend my cat on a 5+ hr car ride and my advice would be a cat carrier and some good anti-anxiety meds! Some you can get at a pet store or you can see your vet about getting something.

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Lisa H.
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Jan 23, 2009

I always put my cat in his carrier. I put him in the passenger seat, with the front door facing me so that he can see me and I can talk to him. I put the seatbelt around the carrier, so in case I have to stop suddenly, the carrier stays in place.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 23, 2009

Most cats do not like to travel at all. An adequately sized carrier with a nice fluffy pillow is essential. Be sure your cat had a harness type collar and wears identification. I know a woman who's cat accidently got out of their car at a truck stop, freaked out and ran away, and they never saw it again. Any time they are out of the carrier the leash should be attached to the harness, so somebody can catch them easier if an accidental escape happens.

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Tenlivesclub
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Jan 23, 2009

We travel with our cats in our vehicle. They each have their own carrier and placed in the back seat all facing forward. We found that when placed sideways they often would vomit due to do motion sickness. So, facing forward works best.

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Susan K.
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Jan 23, 2009

We traveled with our cat by putting him in a carrier in the back seat. At night..it was a three day trip..he got fed and watered and had run of the travel trailer. He was excellent on this. Feeding while traveling can be an option but sometimes the cat will get sick in the carrier. Please try not to let the cat roam in the vehicle because if the door is left open a bit at all they will tend to escape.

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Toni G.
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Jan 23, 2009

I prefer not medicating my cats when I travel. I place them in their kennel on the front seat and talk to them a lot when we start our trip. After they have finally settled down and the crying dies down a little - which is usually 1/2 hour into the trip, then I let them out of the kennel. They are usually happy just to sit beside me on the seat. I do recommend locking your doors while the cat is out of its kennel. On one trip, when we arrived at our destination, someone ran up to the car and tried opening the door. Since the door was locked, I had time to put my cat back into the kennel before unlocking the car doors.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 23, 2009

In the carrier is the best way but if we're taking a road trip we will bring the litter box and let them roam in my truck. They're much happier that way although I know it's not the safest. We only bring the 2 younger cats and they have a blast.

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Suzanne R.
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Jan 23, 2009

In a carrier is the safest way. Animals are unpredictable, especially when they are frightened or upset, as cats often are in cars. Several years ago a friend of mine and her husband were driving from Oregon to New York with their cat Mittens and their small dog Gopher, her in the pick-up with the cat and him in the car with the dog. Because Gopher was ok loose in the car, they thought the cat would be too. I nagged her into at least keeping the cat in a harness with a leash. Somewhere in the Midwest, she was driving across a narrow bridge over a river at about 50 mph with the passenger side window open, and Mittens jumped out the window. Fortunately, she had wrapped the leash around the gearshift knob of the truck, which left Mittens dangling out the window in her harness. They had to go all the way across the bridge before she could stop and reel in the cat. Yikes! Also, if a pet is loose in the car, they could escape if there is an accident and be lost or struck by a car.

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Mariah f.
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Jan 23, 2009

When i travel with my cat we put him in
a regular traveling kennel for a dog and
put a shoe box filled with litter for
his temp litter box!

It worked good!

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CloveS26
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Jan 23, 2009

Depend on your cat's personality in the car. Some can leave the cat anywhere in the car without a carrier. Depends.

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