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.
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.
Chaotic mama to 5 plus a bonus one on the way.
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.
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.
Jennifer, Naturopath and mom
Unassisted birthing, atheist, poly, bi WOHM to 4 wonderful, smart homeschooling kids Wes (14) Seth (7) Pandora Moonlilly (2) and Nevermore Stargazer (11/2012) Married to awesome SAH DH.
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.