|Purred: Tue Aug 2, '11 5:19am PST |
|We regularly take our cat with us on long, overnight car trips. We have a vacation home in the mountains that is 16 hours drive away from home. It's sometimes tough on the cat but he likes it so much once we get to the mountains. We use a hard-side Pet Taxi so he can stretch out. And I have a small bowl that I can put in there for him to take drinks. I also put a piddle pad in the carrier in case he has to go. That has only happened once, and it made him upset, but sometimes accidents happen.
We take along a lightweight litter box and just enough litter to fill the box. Also, I take a scoop along and a little whisk broom and dustpan combo. This is all put inside a big black garbage bag for ease transporting it in and out of the car. We stay in the same motel each time we make this trip, a pet-friendly motel. Once inside the motel room, and before I let the cat out of his carrier, I set up his litter box in the bathroom. I use an extra towel to set the box on and to help collect the litter he tracks out when he uses the box. The whisk broom set it to help clean up the mess on the floor. My cat is quite exuberant with his litter.
He also has a travel food set, a little cannister that holds his food with a bowl for water and one for food attached with a snap-on handle, over and under the food cannister. It works well.
While we're in the motel, we always leave the television on -- it helps make our cat feel at home. We chose this particular motel because the beds are on platforms, so there is no inaccessible place for the cat to hide. We've made that mistake before and had to rearrange furniture in the morning when we got ready to leave just to fish the cat out from under the motel bed. SO ask at the desk if you plan to take your cat into a motel room. Make sure the bed sits on an enclosed platform with no access underneath.
The other thing is to keep a positive attitude when you take your cat along. If he sees you're confident, then he will trust that everything is A-OK.
Edited by author Tue Aug 2, '11 5:20am PST
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