Cats don't like travel

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Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
It is anything up to 5 hours from here to the place I'll be working in. That's too long for any cat to be kept in a carrying cage.

I was thinking of splitting the journey in half, stopping overnight approx half way where there is a cattery and a B&B. I know she won't like the cattery but its got to be better than the carrying cage.

Any other ideas?
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  • DefaultMDefaultM Frets: 1912
    I'm not sure I understand the question. Are you moving house and this is a one off trip, or are you looking at taking your cat to work with you? 
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2249
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
    DefaultM said:
    I'm not sure I understand the question. Are you moving house and this is a one off trip, or are you looking at taking your cat to work with you? 
    One-off trip.
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  • menamestommenamestom Frets: 2257

    What about some Dreamy Sleepy Nighty Snoozy Snooze (for cats)?


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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
    @quarky are you suggesting sedating her for the rip?
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  • quarkyquarky Frets: 2249
    Semi-seriously, but I would look into it. Not to knock her out, but to make her drowsy perhaps. Then do it all in one go. Ask the vet if they can recommend anything.
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  • Bygone_TonesBygone_Tones Frets: 1234
    I saw one guy on youtube using a hang glider. No seat belt for the cat either, but maybe get one if you are going to go that route, just to be safe.
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  • CHRISB50CHRISB50 Frets: 1843
    Feliway?

    Plug ins before you go. 

    Spray the carrier for the trip. 

    More plug ins when you get to where you’re going. 

    It’s expensive but it does seem to work with ours. 

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  • ESBlondeESBlonde Frets: 2327
    When I used to take my cat to even the vets, the cage was only to transfer into/out of the car. My cat(s) would make themself comfy on the parcel shelf or dash top and sleep or watch the world go by. You just have to rebox before getting out or opening a door/window. Roobi would love to watch the road with you I'm sure. Not sure on the legal position of this though.
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  • DefaultMDefaultM Frets: 1912
    Can guarantee if I did that id have one of the cats on my lap and the other one rubbing it's face in to the gear stick.
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  • mistercharliemistercharlie Frets: 323
    I had a cat escape from its box and then hide under the brake pedal. 
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  • stevebrumstevebrum Frets: 4057
    Phil. I’ve taken cats on 2.5/3 hour trips with no problem. I’ve had them loose but it’s dangerous if it decides it fancies curling up in the driver’s footwell!

    In your shoes I’d...

    Stop at the services half way let him have a drink and a bite to eat and roam around the car for half an hour before puttting him back in the carrier. The trip to the cattery then a new house will be far more unsettling.

    Also the advice above re. something to relax is a good shout.
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  • crunchmancrunchman Frets: 3762
    If your cat is anything like ours around other cats (completely psychotic) the cattery will be more stressful than doing the journey in one.
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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1323
    Mines ok in the cage to and from the vets but recently a trip to the cattery which was an hours drive was a bit intense. He hated it. 

    Travel is stressful for animals, so whatever you do take lots of food and hydration for them, which is a pain because if anything like my cat, he doesnt drink a bloody thing, ever.

    If I had to make your journey and its a one off, I’d recommend putting them in a local cattery to home and not taking them.

    But if thats not an option, depending on your car, I’d take the parcel shelf out, put a dog guard up, line the boot with blankets and treats and keep the windows down in the cabin.
    if your cats susceptible to cat nip I’d put some in there too.

    I’m more anxious than most about these things, but I wouldnt risk letting them free in the cabin. Almost definitely illegal if a copper see’s you. Probably something like a distraction to the driver etc.

    Also if there is a smash (rare but you never know), kitty would need all 7 lives and a shit tonne of cash to come out of it well.    


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  • skunkwerxskunkwerx Frets: 1323
    I know it probably wouldnt be financially viable, or even possible, but you can book animal animal ambulances for taxi duties. 

    This ones local to me but I imagine there are loads. Never used them so can’t say anything mind. Trained people and specialist vehicles with vets on call etc. 

    http://www.animalsathome.co.uk/Romford/Animal-Ambulance-and-Pet-Taxi

    Just a thought. 
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  • VimFuegoVimFuego Frets: 6248
    when we moved with our 2 we thought it'd be a nightmare, especially with the female as she had a right epi on the short journey from FIL's house to ours. We ended up getting these jumbo cat carry boxes, with lots of room to move about and they were both fine for the whole 4 hour journey. 

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  • vasselmeyervasselmeyer Frets: 2327
    Our cat has to go for an annual checkup to get a yearly prescription for his flea/parasite medication. He went mental in the 3 minute journey and broke out of his cage twice. We've had that cage for 25 years and we've never had a cat bend the bars like that. If you don't know how your cat will respond to the journey, you need to do a test run first because having a maddeened cat in the car is a recipe for disaster.

    Take her on a short journey on local roads where you can pull over, just to see how she'll respond. Also, if it doesn't work, a local cattery or, even better, a trusted neighbour would be better.
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  • Paul_CPaul_C Frets: 4205

    Mavis, a cat who lives over the road from me, loves going out in her family's car - she's jumped into mine a few times but I've resisted taking her along in case she jumps out somewhere she doesn't know her way home from.
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 565
    How long are you away for? I’d vote Cattery if it was me. 
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  • Strat_a_tat_tatStrat_a_tat_tat Frets: 2048
    A friend of mine got their vet to prescribe some kind of sedative for the cat... for a similarly long house move journey.
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  • martinwmartinw Frets: 1893
    When we moved from Derbyshire to Scotland (8 hour drive), we were obviously concerned about our cat.
    In fact he was fine with it and slept most of the way. The odd plaintive meowing session, but soon calmed down again.
    We were advised NOT to feed or water him after breakfast, as this increases the chance of travel sickness and toilet accidents.
    They aren't people and don't need a cup of tea and a chance to stretch their legs! We did get a larger travel cage, but in fact he pretty much stayed put.
    It worked, we had no problems.
    Our cat had previously never been further than a cattery 30 mins away, although he is a mature and fairly chilled cat.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
    gusman2x said:
    How long are you away for? I’d vote Cattery if it was me. 
    This is, for her, a permanent move. We may have to move again when I buy a house but it won't be far.
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  • guitarcookie1guitarcookie1 Frets: 210
    Just go with it, we moved ours from Surrey to South Wales with no issues, not even the moaning we now get going 1/2 mile up the road to the vet. 
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  • stickyfiddlestickyfiddle Frets: 9347
    We get a lot of people adopt rescue cats out here then fly them home when they return- that’s at least 8 hours to the UK but can be as far as Oz or Canada, and the cats are usually fine.

    Its really good that you care, but you don’t need to worry too much. 

    (I will remind myself of this when we have to leave and bring our boys with us!)
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
    had a talk with the v.e.t.

    suggestion = get a flat pack medium dog cage from amazon (measure car first). It will allow the cat to move, to take a dump if she needs to, and if you put something that smells like her in there (eg the thing she sits on when on my settee) she will feel at home. Also, feliway spray. In the car, in the new place.

    It all sounds like good advice
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  • RandallFlaggRandallFlagg Frets: 5512
    Put your cat in a cattery overnight near where you live, taking them on a long car journey is very stressful for them.
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  • gusman2xgusman2x Frets: 565
    She'll be fine. She won't like it, but the things that smell of her, and the feliway are good ideas. Do you have anyone that could make the trip with you? My cat hates travel, and is much better when she can get out of her carry case and sit on my wife's lap.
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  • Axe_meisterAxe_meister Frets: 2199
    Get a cat harness and take them for a long walk at regular intervals.
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  • Phil_aka_PipPhil_aka_Pip Frets: 8871
    "Working" software has only unobserved bugs. (Parroty Error: Pieces of Nine! Pieces of Nine!)
    Seriously: If you value it, take/fetch it yourself
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  • CirrusCirrus Frets: 3518
    I feel a bit of a contradiction on this sort of thing.

    I'm such a fucking softie with my cats. If one of them is sitting on my place on the sofa, I'll let them have it and sit somewhere else. If they're cold at night I'll let them under the duvet for snuggles. If a visitor comes round and our skittish one is scared I'll go and find her and let her know it's ok. I make real efforts to communicate with them through body language, verbally etc...

    But with this kind of thing, balls to the little bastards. Yeah, maybe they'll hate a long drive but if it needs to be done it needs to be done. They won't have a clue what's going on as you abduct them and spirit them through all the dimensions of hell to a place where the very rules of nature have changed, but they'll get out the other end, you'll be there to tell them it's ok and help them settle in, and everything will be fine. Their human will be there to provide for them as always.
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