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Old 09-08-2015, 10:09 AM   #1
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Hi all, I am planning a long trip up the east coast and would like to take my old cat along. My concerns are his age, 17 yes, and his stress. The only trips he has gone on are @ 30 min one way to be vaccinated. In the carrier he 'yowls' at a desperate volume.

I am pretty sure I could keep him comfortable temp wise, and safe from critters. I want to fulltime next fall so this is something I need to figure out. Your input, experience and advice are welcome.

I will travel north camping in my truck to retrieve my Boler. I will also have my service dog, a 75 lb American Bulldog, with me. Traveling south we will have the TT. Thanks

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Old 09-08-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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My cat is 17 years old and healthy.

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Old 09-08-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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We take 3 of our cats camping. One howls for a while and then just crawls into his carrier and sleeps. The others travel well. We leave water, food, and a litter pan out for them to use. Two certainly do use the litter pan. Needless to say, as soon as deposited, we stop and hubby deals with it.

It can be done, but you could possibly travel with a howler for a while.


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Old 09-08-2015, 11:54 AM   #4
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As Cindy mentioned, we get some howling early on in the trip. Our cats are totally indoor animals and don't really like their pet carriers. When in the our van, we open the end of the carriers so they can see that they are not confined. This calms them quite a bit. One likes to wander in the van a bit, but we put extra sleeping places for her (blanket, pillow, etc.) and she settles down pretty quickly.

The thing to try is to drive a bit without the trip to the vet. I'm sure your cat has always associated the driving with the vet stop at the end. Maybe just take a leisurely drive to a park and sit for a while? Does the cat get along with the dog in the car? Maybe they could ride together in a carrier?
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:31 PM   #5
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Thanks for the input and the association is likely. He does tend to mostly sleep at home (he is an old man). I can keep him cool while driving with ac.

My dog and cat do get along, but probably not in the same carrier.

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Old 09-08-2015, 12:39 PM   #6
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Our cat is in training for a long East Coast trip. Like Kevin says make him think he is not going to the Vet. Get some cat treats to give to him after each trip. (Wally World) We bought a harness and leash from Amazon. Lay it by his food tray for several feedings, then rub the harness on him for a while several times then try to slip it on him. It took several trys to get it adjusted but it does not bother him now.
Amazon has some herbal calming pet treats but trying not to go there if we can avoid it.
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Old 09-08-2015, 12:44 PM   #7
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I have used rescue remedy with good effect when he HAD to have a bath, a major traumatic event for my old man. I am wondering, did anyone have trouble getting into campgrounds? He is an inside cat and will be well contained.... I am planning on setting up a dog crate for him to hang out in at camp.

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Old 09-08-2015, 02:51 PM   #8
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Tidewater Jack travels with a Maine Coon cat in his Bigfoot. He installed a pet door under his bed that allow the cat access to the litter box. This space is also accessible from the outside via a compartment door for ease of emptying. The cat stays on his bed with the door open and sometimes he walks the cat on leash. while traveling he has the carrier on the back seat open and allows the cat free roam of the vehicle.
I'd suggest you get all your travel pets microchipped with your cell phone number in case they do escape.
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Old 09-08-2015, 04:04 PM   #9
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There's a good ebook on Amazon called "RVing with Pets" that has a lot about cats. Would answer lots of your Qs. No affiliation, just thought it was worth mentioning.
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Old 09-08-2015, 08:41 PM   #10
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Thanks everyone. I have decided to delay my trip a few days in order to take my old man (cat) for a few short rides to places other than the vet. Hopefully this will make the trip easier on us all and will bring cooler weather.

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Old 09-09-2015, 09:12 AM   #11
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our old cat and travel

I "inherited" our 19 your old neutered male from my Dad. On the four hour drive to my home, the cat never stopped yowling at amazing volume. I was surprised it did not kill him.

A week later I discovered he actually enjoyed a nice car ride! The secret was that he hated being trapped in his carrier. If allowed out, he would seek the nearest lap, place his nose to the nearest window, and study the passing scene for hours (between cat naps of course).

Water bowl and small litter box on the back seat floor, and he became a happy traveler.

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Arabella kitty, now 8 yrs, has been traveling since she was an infant. She wears her harness while in the car and is teathered with a leash attached in the backseat. She can get up to the front seat, on the console, to watch out. But this arrangement keeps her from flying forward in an emergency, and makes it easy to grab her to remove her from the car, should I have an accident. BTW she still complains for 10 minutes when we start out on a trip.
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Consumer show I heard recently revealed that there are no standards for animal restraints, sold for vehicles. Many of them kill or injure the pet, but no effort is made to redesign them and no government agency that tests them.
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When we realized that our (indoor) cat would have to travel cross country (Calif. to Maine) with us, I started at least 6 weeks ahead of time. I biught a carrier and took the door off and started feeding him in it. By the time we left, the door was back on and if it was off the latch he could get in and out on his own, he was eating and sleeping in it and we had a calm and comfortable trip across with him, his cat box and carrier, a teenage boy and two adults in my Ford Escort (no trailer then) He woulddn't use the box in the car but he was leash trained already and he enjoyed the motel stays which we had no problem with. He is pushing 15 now and I would (in fact have) travel with him again.
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