Ok, so my bf and I are finally moving to California this weekend! We will be driving in a small car following the moving van going from Milwaukee to Santa Cruz. My three kitties will be in the back seat. They each have there own carrier.
I think they should be OK. I have moved many times – mostly short trips – and of course, they have all been to the vet many times. The longest trip with them in the car was two hours and they did pretty good. Mostly they are quiet – my one cat gets sort of nervous in the carrier (I can see her shake a bit sometimes) but she seems to be OK after like 15 minutes. One is very yowly – but only because she doesn’t like to be confined somewhere where she can’t roam about and be petted by people. The other one is really quiet and very well behaved – a few meows now and than but nothing serious. Oh, two of them are 14 and one is 11. They don’t have any serious health problems.
We will be staying at hotels that allow pets (of course). My bf’s friend will traveling too – he will be in the moving van with very quiet two dogs. They will separate rooms of course.
I have alot of experience with cats – worked and volunteered at a cat shelter and vet office, etc. but not in traveling with them.
Anyhow, I was reading this article here:
It looks like an eight hour trip in the carrier is OK and that you don’t have to worry about food and water? I plan on giving them treats in their carriers – the water will be a challenge. Sounds like I don’t have to worry about the litter box during the eight hours? I think we are doing just eight hours a day (at least I hope we are!) and than stopping. I know it is not a big deal for our friend with the dogs since you can stop and let them out – but it is a little different with cats!
Oh, my cats are indoor cats – they dont have any collars or leases and I am planning to only open the carriers when we are in the hotel room.
Anyone ever move their cats across country before? how did it go?