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Transporting a cat for 15 hours in a vehicle--Help?!

I now have my house on the market. When it sells, (I know, may have a long wait,) I will be moving to another state, by car. I am trying to figure out how to get my cat to the new location as easily as possible. She will be in a vehicle for at least 14-15 hours...

The only solution I have come up with yet is to sedate her, (with instruction from the vet,) and then carry her either in the back of the moving van or if I can make it fit, the back seat of the car, in Tucker's large wire crate. I'd make it two levels with a bed on the upper level and her litter box, maybe a little food, and water in the bottom of it.

I don't know if I can get the crate into the backseat, but figure if it does I'll take serious earplugs, ha! But, don't know if the back of the moving van would be too scary for her.

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Sheri- yikes! I won't share with you my neighbor's story on their cat but my recommendation, don't let your cat out of the car at all! Could you place a small litterpan in Tuckers crate and a sleeping area for her as well? When we moved across country CA to SC with the dogs, we saved the backseat for the dogs and their belongings. Obviously quite different as they travel pretty well.

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Yes, Amanda, I'm thinking of doing just that with the wire crate, (see my second paragraph.) She'd have her own little condo, I'd never let her out of the crate, because she'd be madder than all-get-out and probably do her best to get away.

Tucker has made the trip with me several times, we just got back last night, in fact, and he's a perfect little traveler. But, cats are a whole different story!

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Sheri- sorry I missed the litter part! My neighbors stopped to let their dog out and had the cat out of the crate in the car and ofcourse it got out so their moving trip was delayed by several days but the eventually found their cat (3 days later!)

I dont know how often you are going but could you take your cat earlier? Just so it would be less stress on you the day of the actual move?

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I won't be going again until I actually move there. I have just gone back a couple times a year for vacation to see family.

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Sheri, we moved out of state several times with our feline crew in tow. At the time we had our kids to share all the "fun". It was not nearly as bad as we anticipated. They settled down quickly. We had water bowl, food and litter box close at hand. If you fear she will find an escape if you have to stop, before you need to step out of your vehicle, crate. Good luck with the sale of your home and your move.

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Sheri, we moved out of state several times with our feline crew in tow. At the time we had our kids to share all the "fun". It was not nearly as bad as we anticipated. They settled down quickly. We had water bowl, food and litter box close at hand. If you fear she will find an escape if you have to stop, before you need to step out of your vehicle, crate. Good luck with the sale of your home and your move.
Hmmm, Sharlene, did you put the litter box and food on the floor of the backseat or something? And let the cat loose in the car? I'd love to hear more details, because I can't imagine traveling this far with her. Getting her to wear a break-away collar with a tag is going to be a real adventure.

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Sheri, we had the cats in the car with us when we evacuated for Hurricane Gustav. What is usually a 5 hour trip ended up being 14 hours because of the traffic. It was not fun at all, but we put the two of them in a big dog crate, and they did OK. We didn't think of the litter issue (of course we didn't think we'd be in the car THAT long), and that was not a good thing...

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We did start off the trips with crates. After we were into the trip, we did let them out but bear in mind I had 4 extra hands to help (my kids). I had no doubt if a door was opened they would bolt. If we were planning a stop, they went back into the crates. Most cats do not travel well and some get more spooked than others but I was pleasantly surprised that they do settle down. We had an SUV (one trip a van) so they had a little box in the back with food. It wasn't fun by any means but it wasn't as bad I worried it would be. If you had room for a larger crate like Kim suggested where it will hold a small litter box, that might be a great idea. One cat moved down with us from MA to NC, then NC to Ohio, Ohio back to NC and if we were going back home for a visit to MA we took her with us. The move from NC to SC was easy, it was only 5 miles. Come to think of it, the cats traveled better than Bentley. Good luck...and buy ear plugs. LOL

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When I was a kid we moved to Washington state and then back to Iowa with a poodle and cats in the car.....back then there was no such things as crates...so everyone was loose in the car. Of course there was 4 kids too....so that helped....but they were actually loose and we had no issues at all. I was too little to know about if Mom had a litter box or not...but she must of...because it took us about 3 days. I think your ideas are good and why not crate the kitty and let her loose part of the time? Just make sure you catch and crate her before getting out anywhere where you open the door and she has a chance to escape. As I recall....we had 2 cats that layed in the back window of the car. (I was 5 and 6 yrs,old)

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