Roadtrip with Radar

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Is it dinner- time?!?!
Purred: Mon Nov 19, '07 9:12am PST 
Radar is going to take his first roadtrip! we are traveling about 3 hours to see a specialist about why Radar's fur is falling out...

Radar has never been in a car more than a 20 minute ride to the vet and i have some basic questions:

i will have his litterbox and some kibbles for him just in case...those are easy...but what about having water available to him in a moving car? he normally just drinks out of a bowl, and that doesnt seem like a good option.

any other advice while traveling with Radar is appreciated.


I'm bringing- sexy back
Purred: Mon Nov 19, '07 1:20pm PST 
Chances are Radar isn't goin to eat, drink or use the box while in the car. You do need to have those this available though in case he does. As for water, how about a bowl that has higher sides and just don't put that much water in it. Keep a bottle of water with you and if he drinks you can always poor more in.

Good luck. I hope the specialist can help you out.

♥- Spider

The- Power of- Three
Purred: Mon Nov 19, '07 3:37pm PST 
We agree with Diego...We don't eat or drink on a road trip...We have had accidents however, so it is always good to have a litter box, paper towels, wipes and such on-hand.

After we've had our sleepy meds, we might make some yowels or funny noises, but then we sleep most of the trip off....Mommy say that its weird seeing us like that, but we assure you that we're more comfortable that way...Eating or drinking on a trip would only cause us to loose our lunch from one end or the other! shockred face

Best wishes & feel better, Radar!

♥ Spider & Family

Charlita- Thunderpaws

I can run louder- than you!
Purred: Mon Nov 19, '07 4:34pm PST 
I haven't taken any of my kittys on any long road trips yet, but this summer when I was waiting for the vet to open up after lunch(it was REALLY hot out) I had a bottle of water and poured alittle into the cap and with a little coaxing they drank right out of it.
I'm always extra cautious when having any kits in the car, it only takes a second for them to get frightened and escape, so a carrier or crate is always essential. I hope the specialist can help Radar, he's a handsome boy.


Top Cat
Purred: Tue Nov 20, '07 12:03pm PST 
Wolfie is use to driving to PA with me to see family. Its normally a 7 hour drive. He YOWLS for the first hour or so of every trip. I normally crack the windows when we go through the mountains in case his ears hurt. He refuses to eat or drink in the car and will NOT use a litter box in the car- just refuses. He normally tries to hold it the whole trip. I take him out at rest stops with his leash and harness and if he really gotta go he will make an annoyed face at me and find some nice grassy place to do his business.

My cousin cat also refuses to use the litter box in the car.

I would try to make sure he doesn't eat right before the trip because he could get motion sick. That happened once with Wolfie.


Rub my belly!
Purred: Thu Nov 22, '07 5:49pm PST 
Hey Radar,
Mommy actually sent you a message a weekor so ago because our vet called to ask how you were doing (Mommy had called her about you). We'd love to hear how things are going.
Our cats made the 9 hour trip from Boston to Baltimore and we just let them chill out in their carriers and stopped to offer them food and water every few hours. They generally weren't interested and just waited until we got there to chow down, go to the bathroom, etc.


I need my Teddy- Bear
Purred: Mon Dec 3, '07 12:34pm PST 
Every cats different, I just made a 2.5 hour car ride with Lilly and she did GREAT! I let her out of her bags and she just went in the back seat and laid down. About every 30 mins or so she would come the front seats, see how we were doing, give us head butts and go in the back and lay back down. Sara, my last cat was the same way, we did a 17 hour car ride (of course with a hotel stop in between) from NJ to FL. She actually used the litterbox and everything!!! 3 hours isn't that bad, just bring something she is familiar with. Something that worked for me was to open the carrier and let her go in and out as she pleases. If she gets nervous, she goes in the carrier, if everything's ok, she's out and about.