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Post by Cindy Schmid » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 06:20:27



I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
Cats in general....

Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car.  Do you let the cat roam
around in the car, keep crated?  What?  HELP!!!!!

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Cindy from MO

 
 
 

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Post by onetexsu » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 06:33:27


Boarding kennel. I once tried traveling with a cat. Cat had a heat
stroke and UTI and I almost lost my mind. Not work it in the least.
Find a good, friendly kennel and board kitty where s/he will be safe
and well and you won't have to worry about getting a cat to pee on a
leash or how to care for a cat that hasn't peed in more than 48
hours.

Sunny
it's been 31 years and I still get sweaty palms thinking about that
trip

 
 
 

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Post by mary » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 06:39:15


Our cat roams free.  Most of the time she sits on the console between the
front seats.  We also have her litter box on the floor behind the seat.
She's traveled nearly 1800 miles this way.

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Mary
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>I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
>Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car.  Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated?  What?  HELP!!!!!

> --
> Cindy from MO

 
 
 

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Post by Cindy Schmid » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 06:40:25


I am talking about moving so a boarding kennel won't work.  Guess I should
have said that earlier huh????

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Cindy from MO


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> Boarding kennel. I once tried traveling with a cat. Cat had a heat
> stroke and UTI and I almost lost my mind. Not work it in the least.
> Find a good, friendly kennel and board kitty where s/he will be safe
> and well and you won't have to worry about getting a cat to pee on a
> leash or how to care for a cat that hasn't peed in more than 48
> hours.

> Sunny
> it's been 31 years and I still get sweaty palms thinking about that
> trip

 
 
 

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Post by Gen » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 06:49:08


Depends on the cat.  We had one that loved to ride.  I think he'd have been
happy if we drove him around 24/7.  Another one HATED to ride.  They were
both loose in the car with no problems.  Of the 4 we have now, who knows.
Only rides have been to the vet, and they are in carriers for that.  We have
a pet sitter that comes in daily to check up on them.  I think my advice
would  be to put it in the car and drive around town for a short trip and
see how well it does. 8-10 hours is a long time if the cat hasn't traveled
before.  May vets also have boarding services.  Have you thought about that?
One thing----don't give it Valium.  Our vet suggested 1/2 of a Valium for
the cat that hated to ride.  Bad move.  He went spastic---all over the car
and tried so hard to catch the darn cat that was in the rear-view mirror.
The vet in Florida gave the 2 that I went to rescue after my cousin died
some sort of a very mild tranquilizer---not enough to knock them out, but
they sure were mellow.  Nary a peep in the airport or on the plane.  That
might be something to consider if you anticipate trouble.
Gen


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>I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
>Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car.  Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated?  What?  HELP!!!!!

> --
> Cindy from MO

 
 
 

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Post by Bobbie Sews Mor » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:14:20


I have a friend who travels more than 10 hours to FL each Fall in a van.
She fixes up a net between the back & back seat, and also puts her 3 cats in
3 different carriers.  If they get out of the carriers, she has the net to
keep them from coming up to her lap.  HTH
Barbara in SC, and in FL during the Winter
 
 
 

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Post by Listpi » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:24:03


Depends on the cat.

How do they handle going to the vet?  Have you taken them on outings to such
places as PetSmart?  If you don't really know how they handle being in a
car, pick a fast food place at least 15-20 minutes away and take a drive
there to pick up dinner---with cat in car.  See how it goes.

It also matters who will be *in* the car with cat.  Best case scenario: you
have not only the driver, but another *** (in this context, especially if
they're close to the cat, "***" is pretty much anyone over about 10-12
years old).  In this case you have driver and cat-watcher.

If the driver's the only *** in the car, options are far more limited.

I will note that when I've had cats roam free in the car, in most cases I've
still left a leash attached to their collars.  It helps show where they've
gone and makes it easier to catch them sometimes.

Possibilities:

Crated and happy---either full trip or intermittently.  Generally cats don't
want to eat/drink/pee in a moving car; they seem to be more subject to
motion sickness than humans.  So you may still want to leash them and either
let them wander a bit in the car or at a rest stop (on leash) when you're
stopped.  Nice to let them stretch their legs same as you need to.

Crated and miserable---the yowling is the clue.  Experimentation (if
possible) in advance will give you a hint whether this is a yowling-carsick
cat or a yowling-object-to-crate cat.  If the latter, you may want to
explore the uncrated options, if that's possible for you.  If it's not, or
if it's the former (carsick), you'll want to talk to your vet in advance and
get some phenobarbitol pills to calm the cat for travel.  Both you and the
cat will be exhausted and miserable if they yowl for 9-10 hours straight;
tranquilization is the answer.  (May not stop the yowling, but should cut
down on it...)

Happy Lapcat---this requires a cat that travels reasonably well and that
spare ***.  Cat may opt to shift around a bit; they often prefer floors
(if they're not too hot) to seats.  I suspect lower to the ground = less
shifting about = less carsickness.  This cat is the responsibility of the
passenger, who mostly needs to make sure that the cat doesn't interfere with
the driver.  Biggest inobvious thing to watch for: cat crawling from back
seat floor under driver's seat.  Stick something under there to block, just
to be sure.

Loose cat---That's with no other *** in car.  Unless you *really* know how
your cat handles car travel, not recommended.  I've had probably a couple
dozen cats over nearly 50 years, and there has only been *one* cat I trusted
that far.  An alternative I've used when I had no other options is to have
cat loose but on leash, with the leash hooked to the coat hanger hook on the
side, but I can't recommend it; it's very hard if not impossible to pack the
car in such a way as to *ensure* they can't get tangled up and start to
choke.  If you do this you have to be aware at all times where the cat is
(if it's in motion) and be prepared to pull over and rescue the cat.

--pig


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> I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
> Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car.  Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated?  What?  HELP!!!!!

 
 
 

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Post by Julia in M » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 07:23:18


Better try a short trip to see how it does. We once had a cat that got
car sick every time we took him in the car, even on short trips of a
half hour or so. We used a carrier.

Julia in MN

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> I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
> Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car.  Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated?  What?  HELP!!!!!

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Post by Mary » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:36:02


My cat actually does very well in her crate, and even naps in it at
home now and then.  HOWEVER, once the car is moving she carries on and
carries on the ENTIRE TRIP, whether it's a short ride to the vet's
office or 2 hours to visit my sister.  I keep her in the crate in the
front seat facing me, and talk to her and have played music for her,
and put my fingers inside the crate, and none of it seems to make a
bit of difference.  As soon as the car stops, she is her usual sweet
self.  I have not and have no intention of taking her any further than
muy sister's house!  When I travel -- like 3 weeks on a ship -- she
stays at a wonderful dog kennel that recently added a cattery, and
seems very happy there.
 
 
 

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Post by Denise in » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 08:32:29


I would never, ever, drive with a loose animal in the car.  If the cat
or pup got spooked, (loud truck or motorcycle, etc) it could wind up
frantically jumping in the driver's lap or under his feet causing a
serious accident.  

My cat always rides in a carrier.  You can bring a litter box, water and
food, and stop to let the cat roam free in the car at a rest area or
parking lot.  Let him do his thing, then back in the carrier.

My dog is in the back seat on a leash which is tethered to the seat belt
thingy, so that he can't reach the front seat.  Nothing more distracting
than a critter pawing at your arms or hands while you're driving and
trying to concentrate.

Better safe than sorry.

Denise

 
 
 

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Post by teleflor » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 09:15:48



Quote:
> Boarding kennel. I once tried traveling with a cat. Cat had a heat
> stroke and UTI and I almost lost my mind. Not work it in the least.
> Find a good, friendly kennel and board kitty where s/he will be safe
> and well and you won't have to worry about getting a cat to pee on a
> leash or how to care for a cat that hasn't peed in more than 48
> hours.

> Sunny
> it's been 31 years and I still get sweaty palms thinking about that
> trip

Hahahha. I know it's not funny.  But still, you got a way of painting a
picture with words.  You and Nightmist keep me entertained.

Cindy

 
 
 

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Post by Tari » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 13:58:56


I think you are the exception Denise but I am too.
Dogs go in either the crate or we have a dog seat belt.  80 lbs. flying
around not a real great plan.  In case of an emergency they are just safer
crated.  My cats hate riding in the crate.  When we had the 2 houses about
35 minutes apart we schlepped them between the two places and they would
whine the whole trip.
If I had to move I might ask the vet for something to
help them relax and just let them be safe in their crate.
Good luck.  It probably won't kill them to be ticked off for 8 hours.
Taria


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>I would never, ever, drive with a loose animal in the car.  If the cat
> or pup got spooked, (loud truck or motorcycle, etc) it could wind up
> frantically jumping in the driver's lap or under his feet causing a
> serious accident.

> My cat always rides in a carrier.  You can bring a litter box, water and
> food, and stop to let the cat roam free in the car at a rest area or
> parking lot.  Let him do his thing, then back in the carrier.

> My dog is in the back seat on a leash which is tethered to the seat belt
> thingy, so that he can't reach the front seat.  Nothing more distracting
> than a critter pawing at your arms or hands while you're driving and
> trying to concentrate.

> Better safe than sorry.

> Denise

 
 
 

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Post by Sherr » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 14:41:51



Quote:
> I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
> Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car. ?Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated? ?What? ?HELP!!!!!

> --
> Cindy from MO

I have to keep them contained in carriers. If I don't, Yoda tries to
drive.
(remember Toonces?). When he gets tired of that, he decides there's
something underneath the brake pedal that he needs. It's just too
dangerous. But in the carrier, he has this sound that he reserves
only for the carrier in the car. It doesn't even sound like a cat.
It sounds like a foghorn. EEEEoooooo     EEEEEEoooooo.
Drives me out of my mind.
Check with your vet before the trip, Cindy. There are safe, mild
sedatives available for cats. Might be a possibility for you if
yours don't travel well.
Wish you lots of luck, and a safe journey.

Sherry

 
 
 

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Post by Polly Esthe » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 21:54:46


Our Sweet Pea was so laid back that you could wrap him around your shoulders
like Aunt Phoebe's fox stole - but not so with most kitties, I'd guess.  Do
invest about a dollar and get a tag (PetSmart or similar) that has your cell
phone number on it.  Just in case kitty 'bolts' and a kind stranger wants to
report his whereabouts.  Polly
 
 
 

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Post by Dr. Zachary Smit » Sat, 15 Aug 2009 22:35:08


Hi Cindy,

Assuming it's going to happen, a totally free cat in a car is an
extreme safety hazard for the cat, passengers in your car and who/
whatever you may hit.  Personally, I would use a carrier/crate - 10
hrs. isn't that long, everyone is safe, and the cat will get over it.
If let out for any reason, in or out of the car, keep the cat
controlled (leashed) so that it CANNOT distract or interfere with the
driver in any way (including mischief in the backseat that may take
the driver's attention away from driving).

A SAFE trip is an ENJOYABLE trip.

Doc


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> I know people do this all the time but how do you travel with your QI;s????
> Cats in general....

> Woll possibly be travelling 9-10 hours in a car. ?Do you let the cat roam
> around in the car, keep crated? ?What? ?HELP!!!!!

> --
> Cindy from MO