Post # 1
We’re moving in about a week and a half and the drive in the car will be around 21 hours plus any stops for gas, food, or bathroom breaks (all of which will be kept to a minimum). In the one car it’ll be the two of us plus our dog, cat, and turtle. The turtle will just be in his travel container and I can feed him whenever the time comes. The dog we also can handle because we can take him for bathroom/walking breaks and give him food and water in the car (we have a travel water bottle for him).
The cat can obviously also eat and drink water in the car the same way the dog will. But how do we handle the bathroom situation? Is it okay for us to put newspaper down in his travel cage and change it out when he goes to the bathroom? We wouldn’t leave it in there with him, it’d be changed as soon as we noticed. Or is there an easy way to use travel litter boxes? We also have a harness and leash for him so we can let him walk around when the dog does but he’s not an outside cat so I don’t know that he’ll use the bathroom during those breaks.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to handle this? We’re going to make the trip in one go without stopping so we don’t have to pay for an extra hotel room. He’s good for probably about four hours or so but we’ve never taken him on a longer trip than that.
Post # 3
We traveled about 12 hours with our cat once. All while moving. Funny story actually, it was supposed to be a 6 hour drive but with stopping to see family on the way and one of our cars broke down (yes, the one with the cat LOL). It ended up being about 12 hours. Also, it was in January and we were moving to chicago so you can imagine the weather. LOL
anywho…we had the cat box in the car. He never used it but we had it there just in case. The cat will be so stressed and freaked out it probably wont go but I would have it there just in case. Our cat barly moved and kept wanting to get under my legs and sit on my lap ( I was driving!). It was seriously a disaster and dangerous. We had two cars to take and only two of us…so it was hard to keep the cat under control and drive. but you should not have that problem. oh and I highly recommend the calming cat treats. you can get them at any pet store. These are not the brand we used but here are some… http://www.petco.com/product/106530/Pet-Naturals-Calming-Cat-Soft-Chews.aspx
Post # 4
@mandb122: When my parents moved across the county the put the cat in a large dog crate with her litterbox, some newspaper and toys. It worked well.
Post # 4
My advice: make sure the harness is really tight.
We drove across the country with our cat and at the first stop he bolted and got out of the harness….took a while to get him out from up under a parked truck.
I can’t remember what we did for the litterbox. I remember that we had one….a smaller one than at home. I think we had some issues with him not getting the pee actually into the box, but we were travelling and stopping to camp for a couple days here and there.
If I were doing what you were doing, I would try to make his ‘usual’ litterbox available (ours is an outdoor cat too but we have an emergency litterbox which he does use from time to time) in the vehicle. But I bet he would hold it until the end of the trip.
Post # 5
@Aure: my parents just moved and did the same thing, it worked really well for them too
Post # 6
i traveled with my cat for 17 hours once… we put his litter box in the car, in the back seat while he roamed around the car and when we had enough room. his litter box was huge and it was enclosed with a cat door. when we didn’t have as much room, we used a deposable litter box that was much smaller and could easily go on the floor board.
Post # 7
my cat was very calm while driving because i would take him for rides to prep him for the long adventure. he’s a pro now. he would look out the window while sitting in my lap. take your cat for rides so that he isn’t so shocked when you actually take him. i also purchased a soft carrier so that i could put him in it when we opened the doors and we had to all get out.
Post # 8
We moved cross country with two cats in the car. For us, we made use of the room in an SUV. Neither cat was caged, instead we set up an area in the car with pet beds and then we put the litter box in the far back of the car. I don’t believe they used it very often, but it was good to have it. You can get some small disposalable liter boxes at the store to, so this might help. Also, I would doubt your cat would know to go outside if he/she has always been an indoor cat. Mine have harnesses and leashes and even spend time outside but always come in to use the liter box.