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Old 05-09-2008, 02:37 PM   #1
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how do you move cats?
I am moving!!!! I have two cats and we are moving from PA to FL and we are driving for 3 days. We will have breakfast drive for 3 hours have lunch drive for 4 hours have dinner and then check into a hotel. I'm worried about the cats. when we stop to have meals we will let them eat and stretch and poop and stuff. I'm still worried. Does anyone know how to handle it? Please Help.
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Old 05-09-2008, 02:42 PM   #2
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We went from MI to WY with 2 cats, took about 3 days... You can pick up food to go and eat at rest stops, though we didn't let ours out except at night in the motel room. We had a small litter box in the moving truck that we had them go in when we made a stop, though because of the trauma, they weren't much interested in either eating or pooping. We also did much longer days, about 8-10 hours of driving.
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Haven't moved them that far before but did move them about 175 miles....4 hour trip. It will freak them some but once you get them in the new home, they'll be okay after a few days. I'd make sure to feed them lightly for one thing. Have a closable litter box... we used a rubbermaid storage container, for the motel room. I would keep them in carrier or two if possible. Mine wanted to get under the seats and pedals and over the dashboard while we were driving...dangerous for them and us. Overall, they should be alright, just get used to some yowling for an hour or two and if you decide not to put them in carriers, make sure they don't escape when you stop. Talk to them sweetly alot and assure them with your voice, maybe a finger or two through the cage front will help. Good luck!
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If you have a biggish car and its not going to be crammed full of stuff for the move maybe you could use a dog cage. My dog cage/crate have a metal bottom so I would make up their bed in one end and have a small litter tray in the other end so they could go toilet when the need arises. Then feed them in there as well.

When you go on holiday and they go into a cattery they only have a small space, so for three days it is not the end of the world. give them lots of attention when you stop. take them for a walk on a lead if they won't freak out. Don't want them to work out of their collar and run off in the middle of nowhere.

Now I have never traveled that long with a cat. But this is the idea that came to my mind. Somebody else may have been on a trip like your before and have better ideas. Good luck with your move
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Keep them in a covered crate at all times unless you are letting them out to walk, and you should probably put them in a harness and leash in that case. Cats get freaked out easily and if you stop at a rest area and let them out, they may bolt into traffic. That would be very dangerous for them, and YOU as you try to catch them. Be safe and prepared.

Let their vet know that you're moving and ask for some motion sickness medicine and sedatives. You don't have to use either, but if you need them, you'll be glad to have them.

Best to leave them alone as much as you can during the trip as it will be very stressful for them. Unless they're very affectionate cats, coddling them will probably not help much. Once you get to your new place, they'll need a week or so to settle down and get used to their new home.

Hope this helps, and best of luck!
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Old 05-09-2008, 04:15 PM   #6
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Very carefully. We've moved our poor kitties way too much and they have survived every time. One of them isn't afraid of anything and the other is terrified of his own shadow. Good advice on the valium pills. Our Max (the one who's not afraid of anything) cried for 500 miles - Nonstop. And we drugged him. It didn't work. Sometimes it did, this time it didn't. That is a horrible sound to have to listen to for that long of a trip.

If you have skittish cats, put them in a cat carrier and leave it open so they can get out and explore the vehicle (no, not the moving truck!) get a covered litter pan and leave them food and water out so they can eat when they want too. Our skittish one didn't eat the whole drive (1,000 miles). We took them in the hotel and let them out and he was fine. I honestly wouldn't even let them outside even with a leash. Things happen and the noises are horrible for them, to me it's not worth the risk of losing them. And I wouldn't prolong the trip any longer than necessary. It won't matter if you stop extra times to let them out, they won't be relaxed no matter how many times you stop. We did it in 2 days, stopping only for gas and to eat, which we did when we stopped for the gas.

When you get to your new home, put them in the bathroom with food and water and litter and close the door. While you are moving everything inside they'll be safe that way.

Oh!! One piece of advice. If you let them roam around the car and you are at a rest stop and you get out to stretch your legs (not leaving the area of the car) and you leave the keys in the car and you have power locks, well, lets just say don't leave your keys in the car with power locks even to step out to stretch those legs. I almost learned the hard way in the middle of nowhere!! Our Max used the drivers side arm rest to jump up onto the dash of the car and just as I was opening the door his foot hit the power lock switch!!! He locked the car. Keys inside and the dog and 2 cats inside. Oy vey, that was too close.
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If it hasn't been said I'd give the vet a call. Sometimes they can give them something to help keep them calm, too. When you get them to your new place keep them inside, if they aren't already indoor cats, till they become acclimated to the new house/apt.
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You could get lucky. My cat travels like a dog and we take her back and forth to Tennessee several times a year with us. We have her food, water and a litter box. Only thing that we fear is the dreaded highway dump in which we quickly have to find an exit to clean out the box. Other than that, she's actually a better traveler than some people I know. I hope your kitties are the same.
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We moved from CA to NJ with 3 kids and dog and my 21 year old cat. What might have helped was when our house was being seen by buyers, I packed up the kids and the animals and drove around until they left the house. I really just wanted the homebuyers to be able to look at the house without hearing the dog bark or wondering if the housebound cat got out but it also worked with getting both of them used to being in the truck. When we moved I had a smaller size dog kennel with a shelf in it, in there was a bed she was familier with and a smaller size litter box and she did fine. In the motel rooms, I really just let her out in the bathrooms rooms, I figured this was better for her, less places for her to get stuck in and I think she felt safer in there. If you do this with a dog kennel and the litter box, you might want to cut up some cardboard to the size of the corner the cat box will be in to try and keep the litter in their and not in the carpet of your car/truck.

Oh, and I also made sure she had a AVID chip in her so that if she did get out and was caught by someone, the vet would be able to find me (make sure your contact info is current with AVID).
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Keep them in a covered crate at all times
Good point, ours were more comfortable with a towel over the carrier.
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