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So how did they all do on thier trips?

post #1 of 12
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A lot of people, including myself, posted here about taking cats on a Thanksgiving trip with them. I was wondering how everyone's kitties did?

Jordan did well, despite the long trip to my sisters. What should have beena 6 hour trip turned out to be a 9 hour drive. He only got upset a couple of times, but it was basicly him meowing until I told him I was there. Then he would calm down. At my sisters he did great, he was just a little lonely in his room by himself. It was nice because he was extra cuddly at night, but I did feel bad. He was happy to be home on Saturday. All in all, he did great.
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Originally Posted by Rang_27 View Post
A lot of people, including myself, posted here about taking cats on a Thanksgiving trip with them. I was wondering how everyone's kitties did?

Jordan did well, despite the long trip to my sisters. What should have beena 6 hour trip turned out to be a 9 hour drive. He only got upset a couple of times, but it was basicly him meowing until I told him I was there. Then he would calm down. At my sisters he did great, he was just a little lonely in his room by himself. It was nice because he was extra cuddly at night, but I did feel bad. He was happy to be home on Saturday. All in all, he did great.
I didn't take my cats but I did take my older cat once and she behaved very well in the car both ways.
post #3 of 12
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OK, I know I was not the only one who took my cat on a trip for Thanksgiving. Where is eveyone else who asked questions about taking them on a long trip?
post #4 of 12
Riley did wonderful!

http://www.thecatsite.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=149353 tells about how he did at the house when we arrived.

As for the actual trip, he slept most of it. I left the lid of the carrier open, and he got in my lap a few times and sat in the window a few times, but mostly he stayed in his carrier sleeping. Didn't cry a bit and no sickness
post #5 of 12
I would love to hear more stories about this, as well! I'm in quite a stalemate with my BF over the matter of what to do with our kittens over Christmas when we'll be gone for 5 days, so any information we can gather about this will be so helpful!
post #6 of 12
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To be totally honest I would not have taken him anywhere if he were healthy. For the others I had a pet sitter come once a day to feed, clean boxes & spend some time playing with them. It was fun having him with though. I think a lot of it depends on the personality of the cat. My last cat would have been so stressed out it would not have been good for her. I don't think Isaac or Maggie would do well at all. Levi & Jordan are both very bonded to me. Jordan I knew would be OK if I was with & he is also a very outgoing cat so a new place is just a new reason for exploration. It would be a little harder on Levi, but as long as I was with him I think he would be OK. He's more like a dog. As a matter of fact this morning he was eating & said hey there Big Boy as I walked past him & he droped the food that was in his mouth to follow me to get some pets.

So to make a long story short (I know too late). I'm a firm believer in pet sitters unless your pet is sick. If they are sick you have to look at their personailty to determine if they would be a good travaler.
post #7 of 12
i took my 8 month kitty Fiona home. 7 hr drive with a parrot in the car (they are the best of friends actually). she did wonderful!

she got along perfectly with my parents cat (i wouldnt say the same for Ali though...). she liked the large house and the new people who all wanted to play with her and pet her.

thats her first biggest trip. she goes with me once or twice a month for the weekend about 2 hours from home. she does fantastic in the car... she loves driving at night watching the other car's lights! it went very well for us!
post #8 of 12
I didn't travel with them over Thanksgiving, but the weekend before we moved to another state. The guys did pretty well. It was a loud drive, but only 4 hours. They did ok. I haven't had to sedate anyone for a trip yet.
post #9 of 12
We will be gone for nearly 2 weeks at christmas and Riley will be coming with us again. This time it will be a 2 day car trip with a hotel stop at night. I think he will do just fine. He is such a well adjusted kitty.

My foster kitty however, will be staying home by herself, with someone coming in once a day to clean her litter box, check on her, etc. She can't handle a 10 minute trip to the vet, let alone anywhere else.

For me, it depends totally on the personality of the cat.
post #10 of 12
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I have to say I've always thought traveling with a cat was out of the question, but Jordan did so well I think now it is more about the cat's personality. Jordan has always been excited about new situations and I think he just thought it was cool to have a new place to explore.
post #11 of 12
Did not go well for us. My folks live only an hour away, and we were only going for one night...it was kind of a dry run to see if we could leave her with them over Christmas while we're out of the country.

My parents don't have any pets right now (their last kitty passed away last spring), but their house is quite a bit bigger than our apartment, so it was way more space than she was used to, and although we tried to confine her to smaller rooms and gradually introduce her to the rest of the house, she was scared of the kitchen noises preparing thanksgiving dinner and spent most of the time hiding under a bed. She really hated the car ride too, especially on the way home when it was dark, and she cried the whole time.

It was hard seeing her so scared all the time because she's usually so loving, playful, and comfortable. Fortunately my parents have agreed to come up and house sit for us over Christmas -- we're not planning on taking her anywhere again any time soon!!
post #12 of 12
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When I still had Smokey I stayed with my parents for a week. I was super sick & it was super hot out so my Mom didn't want me & the cat staying at the appartment. She had lived in that house for 13 years, but we had moved out about a year before that. She was terrified. Spent the entire time down in the basement on a chair she used to lay on. That's why I think it depends on the cat. Jordan was very curious about everything & not at all afraid.
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