moving to wyoming by car HELP

JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
edited 24 June, 2008 in Cats & Travel
my dad and his family are moveing to wyoming, but since my dad is afriad of the idea of flying and thinks that with his luck they would lose me like the last time they lost his luggage, we have to drive. he says its a 3 day trip and he doesnt know what to do. we'll be traveling with another cat who doesnt really like me all that much, and a bird. my dad wants to figure out the safest and easiest way to get me there without stress. can anyone help us?

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  • Ellie CarterEllie Carter SeattleMember Posts: 2,252
    edited 31 May, 2008
    I would recommend separate carriers for the cats and of course for the bird too. Mom always straps our carriers in the car with the seat belt for added safety. Some cats can take a tranquilizer, but they say that for others it is ineffective or can create the opposite effect. We dont get tranquilizers when we are traveling. I dont need one, but Sebastian drives all of us bonkers. Mom usually cranks up the music to drown him out... Andrew Lloyd Weber seems to work quite well for that... MOL... You might want to have a small litter pan in the car but make sure to not have the doors open when you let the cats out... mom once used a harness for me, but those can come off. I would suggest getting a Renuzit, but that may not be good for the bird (I am not an expert by any means, but I read somewhere where certain chemicals and strong smells can be toxic to birds).... but if there is a safe for birds odor control product go for that...
  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 31 May, 2008
    We drove from Atlanta to the Seattle area with two cats and it went surprisingly well. The most important thing is to keep them in their carriers at all times except for in the hotel rooms and when you let them out for a potty and snack/water break (I carried a small litter box with me, which the cats never used in the car). Be sure your car doors are closed when you let them out for their breaks. In the hotel room, be sure that you block any places they could hide (like behind the bed) that would be difficult to remove them from. This from personal experience! Also, if you leave them the room alone, remember to keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. I did not allow housekeeping at all - especially since we were just staying overnight. Bring their medical records with you and make a list of animal emergency hospitals on your route. Also, I would make hotel arrangements beforehand so that you can find places that will accept pets. Many hotels only accept pets in their smoking rooms, so it was hard for me to find any that could put me in non-smoking. If this is important to you like it is for me, ask about it when you make reservations. Like I said, our six-day trip was highly uneventful. My cat, Sasha, cried for an entire day, but after that, she was quiet. Abbie and Sash both seemed to enjoy the hotel rooms. They even got to see Mt. Rushmore! Good luck to you - on your move and in your new home.
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 1 June, 2008
    we already have the bird situation all thought out. we will be traveling in the spring so that the bird can stay in his cage in the car. the cage is big. we have our seperate carriers... well i do at least.... grandma needs to get one for Katz. we wont be spending alot of time running around in the hotel room since Katz hates me. so we are getting harnesses so that we can walk around and stretch a bit when we get to rest stops. i think we're gonna keep small litter boxes in the back of the carriers just so that we dont have to worry about any accidents. either that or pet pads. Im really nervous. I know im going to cry for a while but i will ententually stop and be quite and take a nap.
  • Debbie CormellDebbie Cormell Member Posts: 158
    edited 1 June, 2008
    Hi there, I travel with 4 cats from June through December every year. Either PetSmart or PetCo (can't remember where I bought it),has the most AMAZING invention - a Pet Guard which I put behind my driver's seat (and passengers) gated across the backend of my SUV. I have the entire back end padded with several layers of blankets (for when 1 may get car sick the first 10 miles down the road ;-) I can easily remove the one layer and they all settle down within a few hours. We spend months on the road and with the PetGuard, I can remove the fronts of their carriers, so they can walk back to their kitty box, though at every rest stop - I refresh their water - and give them at least 1/2 hour or so to get a drink or bite to eat - though for the most part they only eat after we stop at night. The 2 that don't like each other in the house "ride" next to each other during our trips, then get "hissy" when back inside LOL One likes to just hang out in her open carrier, and one curls up inside a round cat tube. IF the night time temps are cool enough, with the petguard and the windows left cracked, they are more comfortable staying in the vehicle. If too hot at night, they go back into the carriers and we bring them into our 5th wheel with us. I would NOT let a cat out on a harness for any reason, especially during stressful traveling. Any tiny thing will have them slipping out and dashing away in TERROR. I also keep my car on with the A/C for them even during stops - they can overheat quickly. Gas prices UGH, but it's for THEM so I willingly waste that - what? maybe 1 or 2 gals of gas during a 4-5 day trip by leaving the car on at rest stops? Worth their lives :-)
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 2 June, 2008
    that actually would work except that we have to travel with 2 cars, one is an SUV that will be packed up with people and clothes, and a ford focus that my dad drives. i do wear a collar and i do have a leash so my dad was thinking that maybe he would keep my carrier open in the of his back seat of his car with my litter box inside, and keep me on my leash and run my leash through the seat belt in the back so i cant climb all over him and tim while he trying to drive. Katz might be able to hang out on someones lap since there are going to be more people traveling with her. that might even keep the kids from fighting. if one drives with dad and one with grandma and grandpa
  • Diana GabaldonDiana Gabaldon PortlandMember Posts: 5,607
    edited 2 June, 2008
    Like Abbie's mom, my mom drove me and my sister Furie from Atlanta to Portland, TWICE. The big reason to keep you in the carriers is that in the event of an accident you will not go flying. Even if you have a seatbelt around your leash it probably won't be enough to keep you safe. I wouldn't worry too much about needing the litter box when you are in the car. We had one available but would not use it until we got to the hotel room at night. Speaking of a hotel, if you get the AAA guide books they show which hotels in the area are pet friendly. I also second Abbie's recommendation on checking for hiding spots. I found a tiny place behind the headboard and boy it was a nightmare to get me out. After that mom looked around before letting me out and blocked any little areas off. One last suggestion is to make sure you are shaded from the sun. Even though you are traveling in spring, the sun in the car can get very hot. Just have a towel or two available to block out the sun if needed. Good luck on your move.
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 2 June, 2008
    ok thanks. I guess Im staying in the Carrier.... But i will tell you that i will not like it.lol. we intend to travel in the spring and even then, my dad is always hot so we will most likely have the air conditioner on.
  • Annalisa Conserti-JonesAnnalisa Conserti-Jones Member Posts: 5,234
    edited 5 June, 2008
    Jessie, reconsider getting out during your stay at the Hotel. You and the other cat might hate each other, but you will need time to decompress. When traveling from Chicago to Seattle recently, I looked forward to the car being stopped to go to hotels so I could stretch my legs, poo, pee, and eat stuff. It was also a lot easier for mom and dad to give me much deserved TLC. I usually am pretty vocal the first hour I am in the car, but I usually relax. Mom does let me out of the carrier because I don't like it, but she folds one of the back chairs down because I like to go hide in the crawl space there. It feels safe and secure (much smaller than the carrier), so I can snooze away peacefully most of the time, and have been known to take a potty break or two when we stop for gas. Mom got me used to car riding when I was less than a year old, but don't despair. If you have time, take the cats on short car rides and treat them to treats afterward to get them to feel more comfortable about the process.
  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 5 June, 2008
    I agree. Abbie and Sasha loved getting out of their carriers and hanging out in the hotel rooms. And don't worry about them not liking being in the carriers in the car. They do settle down after a bit and usually just take the opportunity to nap. While I would let them out in the car for potty breaks (with the doors closed), they never used the litter box I carried in the car. They waited until the hotel rooms for that.
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 8 June, 2008
    my dad takes me up the street to go see grandpa sometimes but he doesnt do it very often because i tend to climb on him i once drove with him all the way to work to pick up his paycheck, i sat on his shoulder and meowed in his ear. he had the window open a little bit but he had me on my leash and i kept sticking my nose out the window. it was a fun ride.... i got to meet some cool people. youd be surprised how many people stop to talk to you when your carrying a cat on your shoulder down town. but im not really that afraid of car rides... i just dont like the carrier. everytime i get put in there i end up going to the vets.
  • Annalisa Conserti-JonesAnnalisa Conserti-Jones Member Posts: 5,234
    edited 11 June, 2008
    Well, the way your humans can ease that kind of anxiety is to take you for a 10-15 minute ride in the carrier. Have two humans along for the ride, with one driving and the other keeping the carrier on their lap. That way the other human can "console" you. When you get back home, the humans should get a favorite treat out right before they release you, and put it down near the carrier, that way as soon as you are let out, it is the first thing you see. If you do this daily, you will grow to tolerate being in the carrier a bit. I still cry in the carrier, but I usually quiet down after a few minutes, when I realize the ride is too long for it to be the vet's office (I am a pretty smart kitty).
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 11 June, 2008
    i'll admit that im not really the smartest bulb in the bunch, but my dad has the directional skills of a blind rodent. sometimes he eds up going around in circles for half an hour before getting anywhere
  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 11 June, 2008
    My mom has to make a lot of u-turns. My human sister asks "are we lost?" on a regular basis. To which Mommy says, "no, we're just taking the scenic route so we can be fashionably late." Mommy has lived in this part of the country for seven years and still isn't used to it. You will do fine on your trip! Good luck. Mommy drove through Wyoming on the way from Atlanta to Washington. It was nice.
  • Debbie CormellDebbie Cormell Member Posts: 158
    edited 11 June, 2008
    MOL through Wyoming on the way =D> We are getting ready to take a 4 day trip from Arizona to Northern Ohio. Course we do this every year, Bonnie pukes after 10 miles, we stop and clean it up, then it\'s pretty quiet as everyone settles down in the gated back end of meow-mom\'s SUV - We have a temprpetic pad to cushion us, with many small blankets (for when bonnie get\'s sick!)... Our kitty box is in the kitty hole - Meow-mom said it was suppose to be for groceries to sit in, but it\'s really our kitty boxes hole :)) We have a few carriers open in case we want to go in and hide to sleep, but we rarely eat or drink until we stop as it upsets our tummies... Then we get to go into the motor home and \"think\" we are staying for a while - till the next day!!! But before we know it, we\'ll be in Northern Ohio for 7 long weeks and just when we settle down into our new routine, we\'ll be off again Meow-Mom and the traveling 4
  • JessieJames MedeirosJessieJames Medeiros Member Posts: 7
    edited 12 June, 2008
    my dad has been doing research and he personally thinks that grandma and step grandma arnt going to be to happy with it when they go to visit at the end of summer, but there is always that chance that they will. so he needs to figure out what we have to do. my dad decided that we're gonna stay in the carriers until we stop. because he says he doesnt want to listen to cats hissing all day. she probably will but oh well we'll put her near the bird... they can talk. honestly though i dont think the bird will make the trip.... my dad hates birds with a passion and forest doesnt know when to shut up
  • Debbie CormellDebbie Cormell Member Posts: 158
    edited 24 June, 2008
    Well it turned out to be a LONG 5 day drive, BUT Bonnie didn't puke at all - maybe it was the "shave job" we did before we left? Olive hid in her round Cube almost the whole time, Sandia aka Sandy Baby is a real Traveler!! Open her carrier, tap it and tell her what a good girl she is, and poof - inside she goes! Long as I open the lid after inside, she stays inside almost the entire time. Lucky Streak sticks his nose in the middle of the barrier and sprawls his "budda belly" out - they only made noise when the freeways were bumpy (UGH and some are AWFUL this summer!!) Hope your bird learned to get QUIET quickly so he won't get tossed out on his ear MOL I'm sure after the initial griping about being in the car in their carriers, they will do the "zombie" mode thing :-) But the first hour WHEW - wear ear plugs or I found out my cats LOVE hearing Country Western on the radio :)) Not OLDIES - maybve cuz I sing to those - who knew!! Love to hear how your trip ends up!!! Looking forward to hearing it went pretty dang good
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