Originally Posted by MeowsersMom
I'm moving from Texas to Nevada tomorrow with my 2 cats in the backseat. I'm placing puppy pads inside my large dog carrier that will be housing both of them. I also have ace to sedate both of them. The litterbox will also be in the backseat, but they will probably just stay in the crate so I don't think I'm going to stop during the 6 hours we will be on the road tomorrow. Anyone have experience with long distance moves? Any advice would be appreciated.
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I just did this in May with 2 cats (a 2-day move). The vet gave us valium but I didn't give it to them because I was nervous about possible side effects/complications (it can be harmful to their kidney I think). They were fine without it.
We kept them in their carriers the whole time. They did not have access to the litter box in the car. It's too dangerous to let them roam about. Even if they had access, they probably wouldn't want to use the litter box. I would not give them water for 3 hours before leaving. Feed them well before leaving too.
(I will say that once I took Chloe on a 5-hour road trip and had her out of her carrier with the litter box on the floor. She actually did use the box when the car was stopped. She was really young though and so her bladder control was not that great).
When we got to our hotel room on the first night of our 2-day move, the cats were freaked out. They used the litter box but not right away. Just leave the box out for them and they will eventually use it. Same with food/water.
Oh, and separate carriers are a good idea.
We didn't have a single accident.