|Purred: Sun Jun 1, '08 7:47pm PST |
|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
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