Post # 1
We’re going home for Labor Day and my cat is not the kind of cat who does well being left alone (he needs all wet food and he’s very much a people cat — when his people aren’t home he tries to find a way outside, usually by destroying blinds), so we’re taking him with us. He traveled down here roughly a month ago with zero problems — except we had given him a pill from the vet. I don’t think he even absorbed the pill last time because he threw up five minutes after we gave it to him, but I can’t be sure. He’s great in the car generally for short trips (he’s an absolute dream to take to the vet, he doesn’t even cry), unless there are hills and then he always, always throws up. The drive should be all interstate — am I freaking out for no reason?
Post # 3
I bring my cat home over long holidays when I visit my parents. She does NOT like being in a crate at all, and will yowl if we keep her in there. We’ve found that she actually behaves well if we let her crawl around the truck. It’s super cute, actually, she sits on my BFs lap and looks out over the steering wheel like. A co-pilot. I have a pic somewhere…
Anyways, I suggest not feeding her or giving her water for an hour or so before you leave, so she doesn’t need to “go.” if he has a tendency to throw up, buy some of those puppy training pads and put them in the cage or on the seats. That way, it’s easy to clean up and replace with a new pad. Good luck!
Post # 4
You might wanna check out this thread from 2 months ago
Traveling Long Distances With Cats
Post # 5
@Eight6Eleven: THANK YOU. I knew there had to be a thread on here somewhere, and I went back through a few pages of the pets subforum, but I couldn’t find anything.
@BlondeBee: Puppy pads are a great idea. Thanks! He’s super easy in the car, doesn’t cry at all and he loves his carrier (even when I tried to let him climb around for a minute while we were stopped somewhere, he walked around the car once and climbed back into his carrier and went back to sleep).
Post # 6
I would drive from LA up to Sacramento a lot on weekends from college. My teddy was fine hanging out in my SUV the whole ride and behaved great for not being in the crate. Most of the time he sat on my lap or on the seat.
We also moved with both of our cats from California to Missouri in a cab in a moving truck…not fun but for the 3 day trip …10 hour day rides and sleeping in a hotel…they were fine.
I think you should be okay. Good luck!
Post # 7
We put him in his (soft-sided) carrier almost the whole time (we pulled him out a bit to check on him and put him on a pillow on the passengers lap) and he was so, so good. Didn’t even cry. We even accidentally tipped him over at one point going around a sharp curve and he STILL didn’t cry. It was a huge relief to see how chill he was — makes going home so much easier.
We used the puppy pads but he didn’t need it at all — still an excellent suggestion though!