|Purred: Wed Apr 15, '09 6:57am PST |
|Hello All and Good Day.
I have noticed a trend that when people are moving, they tend to give up their cats because its too difficult to move them. I have moved my two cats from distances of an 20minute drive all the way to a two day drive. I want to offer some advice to anyone who may be moving short or long distances. If you are moving a short distance it is fairly straight forward, put the cat in a carrier and off you go. Make sure the carrier is big enough for the cat to stand up and turn comfortably. DO NOT put your cat in a harness and leash when moving. Too many times i have seen people searching frantically for their cat because they accidentally dropped the leash, it came untied or the cat wiggled their way out. They safest and most comfortable route is a carrier. If you do not have one, can't afford to buy one or do not want to buy one, see if a friend has one. Or you can always go to a vet clinic or shelter and ask to borrow one of theirs. You may need to put a small deposit down but it is usually returned.
When i moved with a cat from thunder bay to Winnipeg (8 hour drive), we noticed the cat gets car sick. If your going on a long drive and you have a cat that gets car sick, take some extra, old, blankets or towels, put one in the bottom of the carrier. Do not feed the night before but feel free to give water. If you stop anywhere, DO NOT take the cat out!!! The cat will be more comfortable in its carrier than in a strange area. Many people suggest for a move lasting more than 3 hours you purchase a kennel that is large enough to hold a litter box and some food and water. This is all well and dandy but i would forgo the food and water. Feeding will only encourage an upset stomach. Go to the pet store, buy a large (rabbit sized) water bottle and fill it with water. It will take your cat all of 10minutes to figure out how to use it, and this way there is no big mess if you go over a bump. If you know your cat will not get car sick then the litter box is also a good idea. Put a litter box in the set up carrier a week before the move. This way your cat(s) will be used to it. If you do have a cat that gets sick, don't use a litter box. They are not going to use it when they are throwing up. I know it may sound cruel, but the cat is going to puke, poo and pee all in one corner, so it will be alot nicer to leave a litter box out and allow more room to rest.
If you are moving a very long distance and need to stop over night somewhere, feel free to feed and water the cats when they are safely behind a locked hotel room, the motor home has stopped moving and the door is shut, whatever. My boyfriend and I moved from Winnipeg to North Bay (2 day drive) with two cats, one of whom gets car sick. Same rules apply to a 1 day drive. Keep the cat in a carrier , DO NOT take out during trip. When we stopped at the end of the first day of our 2 day move, we got the carriers into the hotel room, shut and locked the door, then took the cats out, feed them and cleaned up whatever mess there was.
It is not difficult at all to move cats any amount of distance. Your cat will appreciate a boring and stressful ride much more than suddenly being shoved into a new home, or into a shelter cage with tons of other cats around. If you really do cherish you cat(s), take them with you.
If you need any more advice, want to add some of your own or just have any comments feel free to write.
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