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Traveling with Cats – Suggestions?

July 17th, 2012

Our biggest worry about our move to Maine is getting all the cats up there. We have 2 outdoor cats, one is indoor/outdoor and quite tame (Dexter), the other is still kind of feral. She’s only been in a car twice, both times to go to the vet. Dexter gets carsick, though we’ve found a homeopathic treatment that works for him. Samson & Soafie, the indoor cats, aren’t much for car travel either. All the cats spend the entire time in the car yowling, panting, and generally causing a ruckus.

I’ve been wondering how we’re going to handle taking them all up to Maine. It’s a LONG drive, usually taking 12-13 hours in a car, with a moving truck it will take even longer. The plan is to drive the car behind the moving truck with just the animals in the car. The Chiots may ride with Mr Chiots in the moving truck, she is quite fine with long trips. In fact she gets all excited when it’s time to go somewhere in the car, especially “to grandma’s”.

As much as I’m against pharmaceuticals and drugs, I’m actually considering a sedative for all 4 cats to make the trip a little less stressful, both for them and me. The thought of spending 14 hours in a car with four yowling cats isn’t a pleasant one for sure. I also don’t want to have to worry about any of them escaping during a rest stop.

I figured that a couple of you must have had experience with this and might have some suggestions for me on traveling with cats.

Have you ever traveled/moved long distances with pets (cats, dogs or other)? Any suggestions for making the trip less stressful for them?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.