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9 Tips for Moving Across the Country With Your Cats

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, pets, cats )

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I'm preparing for a long-distance relocation. Here's what I'm doing to ensure my cats fare well

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Kit B (276)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:19 am

Just the basics, but a good reminder for those that plan on a move.

Ruth C (87)
Friday July 12, 2013, 9:04 am
Make a list of all the things you need to do before you move.

Past Member (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 11:02 am
If anyone ever faces a journey like this I hope they'll have read and memorized and done all these things.
I moved from California to Long Island, NY with 6 cats and a dog. I was prepared ~ and it was a pretty pleasant trip overall!
Trying to bathe the cat who pooped in his carrier in a motel bathroom...not one of the highlights!

. (0)
Friday July 12, 2013, 12:22 pm
Everyone is different, so is thie animals' tolerance, I suppose. My cousin moved from Long Island to Las Vegas with his wife and adult cat.
My cousin's plan was to keep water and dry food on the floor of the back seat area. The litter box was on the other side. When they stopped for the night, the snuck the cat and his box into the room, and gave him canned food.
I guess you do what you think the animal is capable of. He lasted 15 years in Vegas.

Sonia Minwer Barakat Reque (60)
Friday July 12, 2013, 1:41 pm
Good post with helpful tips,thanks for sharing

Birgit W (160)
Friday July 12, 2013, 2:47 pm
Good luck. My one cat hated to be in a car, and meowed all the way to our vet and back again.

Sandi C (98)
Friday July 12, 2013, 4:49 pm
good to know thanks

aj E (164)
Friday July 12, 2013, 5:51 pm

Anne K (139)
Friday July 12, 2013, 8:36 pm
I have moved cross country with my cats. Another tip I have read is to put the "Do Not Disturb" sign on the motel room door while cats are inside.

Lisa Zarafonetis (168)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 1:15 am
Shared on FB.

Winn A (179)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:02 am
When I moved from SC to Bellingham, WA I drove but I flew my two kitties into Seattle where people I trusted were there to pick them up. Then they traveled by car for the 2 hour trip to Bellingham. I went to the vet prior to the flight and had them examined and got their health certificates. I had previously traveled 700 miles when we moved from NJ to SC and for the entire trip they serenaded me with their howles of unhappiness. And, when we spent the night they kept me up all night so I was sleep deprived for the second half of the trip. We all made it but, for me, 23 years ago when I moved to the Pacific Northwest the best transportation for them at that time was by air plane. I hope it still is for animals and I would research the airline you choose for information on how they care for animals on their planes.

Carol H (229)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 2:19 pm
did it once and I hope I never have to put them through that again!!

Dianne D (490)
Saturday July 13, 2013, 8:34 pm
God tips. I've drive over 1400 miles with my cats twice and it wasn't near as bad as I anticipated. They slept most of the time. The first 50 miles was the hardest and then they settled down and all was well. Even the second day on the road wasn't so bad. I think they thouht they were going to the vet the first day. Say a prayer and good luck. Thank positive thouhts.

Sara P (57)
Monday July 15, 2013, 6:58 am
This is interesting to know if one day I will move somewhere else :) And this is really my desire. Thanks a lot for sharing Cher.
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