|Purred: Sun Aug 13, '06 10:43am PST |
|My Mom says: "When was a senior in high school my family moved to Barrow, Alaska. My Siamese cat was 10 at the time and *hated* to travel. As we knew she'd have to be flown up to join us 2 weeks after we settled in to our new home, my Mom took her to the vet to get some tranquilizers for her. It was a harrowing trip for her (not only did the friends that dropped her off at the airport NOT give her the tranquilizers, but she was in the hold with a loud Doberman that barked the whole way, and the plane ended up taking an extra side trip to Salt Lake City instead of coming straight up to Alaska, adding several hours to her trip!) but when we introduced her to the new home she bounced back amazingly well. For the first two days we just left her carrier in the living room and let her use it as a safe spot to come back to when she was done exploring, and after that time she was just fine.
Something I did with my Keiko when we moved to our new apartment was to wear a big soft oversized sweatshirt for a while until it had my scent on it, and wore that as I carried Keiko to the new place. Then when I took her into the bathroom with her bed, food and litterbox to keep her safe while we moved furniture, I simply took off the shirt and tucked it into her bed with her. It was warm, comfy and most importantly still smelled like me, so she didn't get distressed - she had familiar smells with her whether I was in the room or not.
I learned that trick when I was still nursing my son, and he used to have trouble sleeping when we visited my folks - I'd just tuck one of my sweatshirts in with him in the port-a-crib and he'd settle in just fine.
I also highly recommend Feliway spray for the inside of the carrier. It's lovely stuff and really works well!
Hope this helps you - have a very safe trip one and all!"
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