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post #1 of 7
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Okay... Tuesday morning we start driving to Colorado with our 2 cats. Last time I went on a long trip with cats, we put them in harnesses and took them out every couple of hours to walk around. I thought we'd do the same thing, but these cats have different ideas. Last night I tried putting the harness on one of the cats (the other cat was too big for the ones I have) and he FREAKED! I've never seen a cat react that badly to a harness. He jumped around like crazy, howled, screeched, and bolted under a table where he proceeded to spray the wall.

Obviously, this won't work in the car.

I do plan on giving them valerian during the trip (tried it earlier this week to make sure they don't have a bad reaction to it), as well as Rescue Remedy. But I have doubts that it'll be enough to make the kitties tolerate the trip.

We don't have enough money to take the cats to the vets (not enough time either) for a checkup in order to get transquilizers. So I'm lost.
post #2 of 7
I hear ya, my cats freak out when they are put in a harness too. We are just planning on letting them roam around the car whenever we stop for a break, unless we can think of a better idea. It's just going to be a rough trip for everyone involved.

A couple of questions about the valerian - What does it do and how did your cat react? What form is it in? How much did you give to your cat? Sounds like something I might want to check into.
post #3 of 7
I moved 3 cats & 4 German Sheps about 2000 miles & used nothing.

The cats were in 2 small crates with a small little pan (sm roaster pan with litter). They calmed down by themselves (no meds) after a few hours of driving & by the 2nd day they were ok.

Do google a herbal pet site to get the correct valerian root dose. I used Valerian root when I got in a new rescue foster dog & it worked 1/2 the time.
I would get a few mild tranquilizers from your Vet just in case they dont settle down but here again, I would only give 1/2 the dose as cats don't like to feel out of control.

Are you sure they would charge you an office visit?
Havve they ever seen the cats b/f?

DO make sure you do not hold them in your arms as you transport them as they can freak & jump out.
post #4 of 7
I always move with mine in crates. Leashes and harnesses only seem to freak them out more. Turkey also helps to calm them down. One of my vets recommended it and it made the trip much more pleasant.
post #5 of 7
we use herbal tranquility for our male kitty in the car (http://shop.robbinspetcare.com/dogs/aatranq.html). our female is ok once the male chills out - chasing her down to give her the herbal tranquility just made things worse! on long drives, we have them both in the same large carrier (small dog size or something). after about an hour or so on the road, i usually remove the door. for some reason, they will stay in the carrier and be somewhat less irritated when the door is off. they get really obnoxious and noisy when the door is on.

they will not eat, drink, or use the litter box at all on the road. the longest trip with these cats has been 10 hours or so. when we get to our destination (my parents' house), we give them (in this order) the litter box, water, and food.
post #6 of 7
Good luck! I wanted a crate but our car was packed with everything we owned (from Wa to MO) so the cat was on a harness and leash and sat at my feet. Couldn't really do anything but that. Luckily he does pretty well in cars and slept most of the way.
post #7 of 7
I've used Good Cat- it comes in a blue plastic bottle and claims to helps make your cat "happy and content." I found it at Petco

It states it's an all natural product and the ingredients state it has "proprietary compounds of essences from flowers". You add a teaspoonful to their drinking water.

We used it for our cats during car trips, and also when we moved and introduced another dog- it really seems to take the edge off and help them adjust to their new surroundings without completely sedating them.

It might be worth a shot, the bottle was around $6-8 I think- which has lasted us forever, and is far more economical then a vet visit.

Good luck!
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