|Purred: Sat Jun 27, '09 7:53pm PST |
|Our situation is a little bit different than traveling in a car, in that we travel by RV, but many of the principles are the same. We were a bit nervous at first, so Mom took some precautions with us.
Definitely keep the kitties confined to a carrier while in a moving vehicle. We heard some terrible tales about kitties being injured or escaping from vehicles while traveling, so we really recommend that you stay in a carrier. Mom bought us a doggie kennel that is big enough for 2 large cats, a blankie, some toys, and a small litterbox. She sprays Feliway on the blankie 15 minutes before we leave, then puts us in the carrier. She also bought some Rescue Remedy but hasn't had to use it yet, because the Feliway seems to do the trick. We get nervous for the first 10-20 minutes of the ride, then we sort of settle down and nap/doze for the rest of the trip. Mom tranfers us from kennel to cat carrier if she is taking us outside the RV. We also take a stroller with us, which is another good way to transport kitties. Some strollers have detachable carriers which make it easy to move the cats from inside the car to outside without transferring them from one carrier to another.
The other thing our Mom did with us was to take us on short car trips just to get us used to being in a moving vehicle. When kitties associate going in cars with going to the v-e-t, no wonder they get scared! Now that we've done several trips, and we know it doesn't necessarily involve a trip to the vet, we don't mind it as much.
Best of luck to you and happy travels
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