Traveling with cats!

Well, I landed an awesome new job!  yah!  But we're relocating.  Not exactly sure which state yet, but we will almost definitely be taking a pretty long flight.  I have a couple issues with my 2 one-year-old cats:


1.   Storme - she FREAKS OUT in the car. i'm talking screaming crying, panting, foaming at the mouth...the works!  even after being in the car for just a short couple of minutes.   I have no idea how she's going to handle flying!  do they make sedatives for cats?  (yes, serious question!) or do you have any tips on how to handle this?!


2.  Luna Belle - Luna is fine in the car.  she just kinda drifts off to sleep!  but when we moved to our new apartment (which was about 2 miles down the road) she REFUSED to come out of her cat carrier.  she stayed in there about 5-6 hours until I dragged her out. I put her on the couch beside me, and she REFUSED to leave the couch...it was almost like she was afraid to touch the floor!  she would SCREAM if we got up and left, because she just wouldn't budge! she absolutely hates new places  ...so how do i handle this!?!  we're going to moving across the country (probably) and she went nuts when we moved 2 miles!  any ideas?!


and just because we all like pictures, here are my 2 little girls that are causing me so much stress! (storme on left, luna on right)


Well I landed an photo 2239368-1


 


 

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:10 am
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Are you sure Storme isn't car sick? Saying that cause we had a dog when I was little that would foam at the mouth and stuff in the car.


I've already gotten Charlie some "doggie Xanax" when we evacuated for the hurricane last year. I'm sure they have something they can give you for the kitties.

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:16 am
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tk - i'm really not sure.  i've actually seen a couple of cats react that way in a vehicle.  she never physically gets sick (vomits) though and as soon as the car stops moving she's fine.  the longest trip she's ever been on is to the vet which is about 40 mins away.  as soon as we get there, she's fine but she throws a FIT the whole ride! and for what its worth, she was SO not like that as a kitten!  it's only been in her "adult" stage.


 and here's to the vet having some "kittie xanax", that would be a lifesaver!!

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:31 am
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Yes! There are pet sedatives you can get from your vet for trips.


We moved across the country with two cats, but drove, didn't fly. We had a similar situation, one cat HATED being in the car even for a couple of minutes, the other cat was ok. We did get sedatives from our vet and they definitely helped. The extreme crying turned more into moaning, but she certainly wasn't quiet.  It wasn't fun for her or us, but it had to be done.


If you are flying, Southwest allows pets to be in the cabin under the seat in front of you instead of being down below in the cargo hold which is not heated or air conditioned! I don't know of other airlines that allow non-service dogs/pets in the cabin. You might piss off the people around you if they have to listen to an unhappy cat the whole flight though :(

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:52 am
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al0626 - I've never travelled with cats before, so it may not be car sickness. Maybe she just really doesn't like the car LOL.


Get the xanax. Seriously LOL. Though I do have to say it didn't really make Charlie sleep. He just kinda drooled all over the backseat of my car. But I was NOT leaving him home in a hurricane. But I'm sure it's going to help her out a lot. Get you some xanax too LOL

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 9:56 am
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omg SCary!!!  not heated or ac'ed?!  won't it get ridiculously hot down there?  ugh..that does not make me very happy.  my travel arrangements are being made for me, so I really have no say in which airline we take.  grrr  i see there's no easy solution to this =(


 


tk- i will absolutely be getting some kittie xanax, even if all she does is drool! its better than SCREAMING relentlessly!  now that you mention, some Xanax for myself doesn't sound too bad... ;)  

Posted on September 8, 2010 at 11:03 am
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Drooling cat is much better than SCREAMING cat LOL. And yes get yourself some xanax too LOL

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 7:59 am
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airlines recommend NOT sedating pets for flights....something to do with the pressure and you don't know how they will react if sedated....like stop breathing, etc....

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:12 am
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oh, i thought SW did NOT allow pets?  we've flown quite a few times with our dog on American...


also... airlines charge...usually around $100 per pet each way....

Posted on September 9, 2010 at 11:13 am
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I don't have any suggestions for the first cat, but for your second I would give her some time to come out on her own.  When you force the cat out of their comfort zone (the crate) it can make things worse or take longer for them to relax in their new space.  Once you move, I would just leave the crate open and allow her to come out on her own.  It may take a while, but it will be on her terms instead of yours.  Good luck!  I know traveling with cats can be very difficult! :o/

Posted on September 10, 2010 at 10:48 am

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