A Question About Long Driving Trips...

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I'm human! I'm- just wearing a- cat suit!
Purred: Sun Jan 18, '09 8:37pm PST 
red face I apologize if this sounds like a stupid question.

We are thinking of going to New York in March. We live in Kansas and always drive, so it's a 1,300 mile trip. We've went before with our dogs, but we've never taken any kitties with us. They've always stayed at home and have been cat-sitted.

This time, we are thinking of taking Simba with us. We usually drive about nine hours a day. We always let our dogs out for potty breaks several times during the day, but I'm wondering...how would we deal with Simba for potty breaks? Nine hours seems like an awfully long time to hold his bladder. I don't know if he'd want to go in a litter pan while travelling in a car.

Again, apologies if this seems like a silly question. big laugh We've taken cats with us up to Kansas City before, but that's only a two or three hour trip. We've never taken cats on any trips longer than that.

Little Boy- Blue PAWS

The Blue Dude
Purred: Mon Jan 19, '09 7:11am PST 
Well, we don't take trips that long, but we do go with Mom when she goes to the mountains; it's about a 6-hour trip. We each go into separate large kennels in the cargo area. They're big enough for a makeshift litter box and a pad or bed to lie on. Mom checks on us about halfway through (and if she hears any "strange" noises coming from the back! laugh out loud ) Mostly, we don't use the litterboxes, but, if the situation warrants - we do. I have to add: we all *hate* "the trip"! But we're glad when we're with Mom in the mountains. smile


Purred: Thu Jan 22, '09 10:07pm PST 
We've taken long trips like that, quite a few times.
Just get a big enough kennel that you can put a bed and litter box in, and you should be fine. I don't think your cat would mind going poddy in a car.

Miss Phoebe

I purr therefore- I am
Purred: Fri Jan 23, '09 7:41pm PST 
Miss Phoebe has been on numerous long 10 hour rides. We usually put her in the litter box before starting the trip. She's figured out she better use it then. She knows that the suitcases mean road trip! She can hold it for about 10 hours. Just to be on the safe side there is a kitten size litter box in the car.

On the first trip we took with her...I put large garbage trash bags on the floor of the car including under the seats...plus on the car seats and then covered them with towels. I also brought more towels plus bags in case there was an accident.

Miss Phoebe loves to travel. On the other hand, there is no way her younger sister Miss Daisy can hold it for 10 hours. We usually leave her with a friend.

Good luck with the trip!!!

Boo =^..^=

Raider of the- lost Fridge
Purred: Tue Jan 27, '09 2:38am PST 
I am pondering a four day drive from one side of australia to the other side (east to west coasts)... So this thread is really good to read. My two have always flown before and they hate it and cling and cry so much that I always feel so horrible for them...

But am not sure if I can put up with Calvin howling at me for four days (about 9-10 hours driving each day)...


Miss Daisy

I'm a happy- girl!
Purred: Tue Feb 3, '09 8:16pm PST 
Hi Effurryone. Last week we had to make an unexpected family excursion. Miss Daisy had to come with us on an 11 hour road trip. It was her first long ride! We put the covered litter box in the back seat of the car and placed towels around it so it would not move and put plastic garbage bags under it. Miss Daisy and Miss Phoebe both used the box when they needed it.

We had always used a regular litter box in the car on previous road trips but Miss Phoebe never used it. Both kitties seem to like having the covered litter box for privacy in the car!!!


I'm cute and I- know how to use- that :)
Purred: Tue Feb 17, '09 6:42am PST 
We've done multi-day car trips before, about 12 hours a day or so. We do have a covered box that we use just for travel, but we introduce it to the cats a few days before we leave. Then it goes in the back of our car (we have a very spacious cargo area rather than a trunk), anchored in place by suitcases, but still with enough room for the cats to reach it.

Boris, who has traveled much longer, so he does take potty breaks in it if he really needs to go when we stop for food or gas. Gracie has not had as much experience, and she will not go at all. Even when Boris never went in the box inside the car, he'd be fine holding it in.

Good luck with your travel.

Olive (March 1998 - November 2

Olive I LOVE- Olive
Purred: Tue Mar 3, '09 2:34am PST 
umm a late response smile

We all travel for 8 months a year, yes call meow-mom crazy! But, a few carriers are always left "open" and out in the house, so some of us like to sleep in them for our naps... no fear of them!

Then we have a "cat/dog gate" preventing us 4 from driving the car with meow-mom so we are all in the back end of the SUV... we ride about 9 hours a day across country for several days at a time, before stopping for a few months... Then we are off again.

Potty box - oh yea Lucky LOVES to make a nice stinky about 1/2 hour into our first day - I think it's because Meow-mom HAS to stop and clean it hehehe

But our carriers are locked down with bungie cords, then opened after we settle in... Bonnie pukes the first 1/2 hour (about the time Lucky has a nice stinky), we stop and everything is clean again and off we go!

Most of us don't eat in the car, but there is dry food available, and lots of fresh water - we sometimes will drink when stopped at a rest area and the car quits moving!

After we all realize it's not the quick Vet trip, we quit "talking" to meow-mom (or yelling at her), and go into "zombie" sleep mode unless one of us moves around and disturbs another!

It's NOT hard to travel with your kitties, they do get used to it - really they do!

and when we do stop at night, we get to Snuggle with meow-mom and dad smile So it's all good !


Don't tell, but,- I'M training- MOM!
Purred: Wed Mar 4, '09 1:41am PST 
When Tag takes a lengthy trip in the car with me, I put a covered litter box in the trunk. When he needs to go, he meows in a certain voice (different from his regular one ...more yowwwoollll to it) and I pull over, stop and fold the back seat forward, which, with my car, allows entry into the trunk. He goes in, while I use the time as an excuse to stretch and get the carbon dioxide out of my joints and my circulation up again. After he does his business, he pops back out and back in the passenger half of the car, usually my seat. I tell him to get in his seat, which he does. He has his own (doggie) car seat. shh silenced uh, I mean KITTY seat, from which he enjoys the view or sleeps as we go. Then I hook the lead (connected in the back of his seat) to his harness, put the back seat in place again and off we go! When I find a good rest stop without wandering dogs, I stop and take him for a spin on the leash. Tag also walks on the leash. He will only poo in his own yard or in his litter box, though, or I’d just let him take care of his business on leash.


RESPECT The- Star!
Purred: Wed Mar 4, '09 3:47pm PST 
Not a stupid question, its a very good question. big grin

Bumpurr is a show cat, since he was 4 months old, we travel all over the
east coast to shows, up to 7 hrs one way. big grin

I know some let their cats loose in the car when traveling, but I highly
recommend, you confine him to a carrier. G forbid, you get in an accident,
and he goes flying thru the windshield, or gets loose, or some one opens
a door or window, and he gets loose. big grin

It should be a good sized carrier, one he can comfortably stand up in,
turn around, and lay down stretched out. The small carriers are too
confining for a long trip. Kinda like, if you had to go on a long trip, in the
backseat, would you rather stretch out in a Cadillac, or squished in a
little car. You should also make it comfortable for him, put in 2 clean
soft towels, and some of his toys, no food/water, they only spill it. Some
show people will put wee wee pads in the bottom, in case of an accident,
and carry extra pads and extra towels, just in case. big grin

He should wear a collor or harness, with tags on him, with your contact
information. Carry pictures of him and you, with you, in case you need to
identify, he is your cat. You also want to have his health papers with you,
shots records, and rabies certificate. Some states mandate rabies shots,
New York is one of them. Make sure his shots and rabies are up to date. big grin

I highly recommend you do not take him out of his carrier, until you get to
the hotel, you run the risk of him getting loose. Cats that are shipped, are
in their carriers for days. They have newspaper or wee wee pads in the
bottom of the carriers. They are not, taken out of the carriers, at all, by
baggage handlers, or in the cargo hold, or if they have to stay overnight,
in the airport, for this very reason. big grin

Make sure the hotel/motel you stay at is pet friendly. Some of the well
know ones are Red Roof, Days Inn, Super 8, Motel 6, Microtell, Comfort
Inn, La Quinta and some Holiday Inns. Some charge pet fees, some do not.
Some pet fees are non refundable, some are refundable, upon inspection
in the morning. Holiday Inn does this. If you stay at a hotel/motel, where
it is refundable, upon inspection in the morning, **always, always, always**,
tell them you want an inspection NOW. There is always some kind of
damage already in the room, and if you don't do it now, your cat will be
blamed for it in the morning, nice racket, for those that don't know. Go
thru the entire room, with the person, and make them write down, any
damage you already see, write it down, and get their name. Insist on an
inspection, now, or tell them you will not pay the pet fee, be firm.
Holiday Inn is famous for that, they hate me, I make them inspect it now.

Some hotels require the cat be confined to the bathroom, but its mostly
the higher end ones, so ask ahead, what the pet policy is. big grin

****BEFORE**** you let your cat loose in the room, check under the bed
to make sure, there is nothing under there, he can get into, the cleaning
ladies do not clean under the bed, look for insect bait, rodent bait, any
holes in the wall, and behind the dressers. You would be surprised, what
has been found under the bed. I learned this the hard way. At one hotel,
Bumpurr found a choir boy, which is a cleaning product, and he chewed it
up. But, the even better part is, this particular choir boy, was not used
as a cleaning product, it had other uses, which Bumpurr could of died
from. The hotel had to pay his very expensive vet bill. big grin

Be respectfull of the room, don't ruin it for other pet people. Put the litter
box in the bathroom, that way, if he spills any litter, you can sweep it up.
Carry a mini broom and pan with you, as well as a scooper, and some
plastic bags, like you get at the grocery store. In the morning, scoop out
his cat box, put it in the plastic bag, tie it up, and put it in the trash.
Don't just put the litter in the trash by itself. And don't just leave any
litter he spilled on the floor. It ruins it for the rest of us. big grin

Carry a spare blanket with you, in case the weather is bad/cold, so you
can put it around the cage, when you take him in and out. When you do
have to stop, do not leave him unattended for very long, and make sure
the doors are locked. big grin

If you do have to stop for a lenght of time, park the car, where you can see
it, and keep an eye on it. big grin

Been doing this a long time, and this is the safest and most effecient way
to travel with your cat. Have a good trip! I am in NY state, if you need
anything or run into trouble. big grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grinbig grin