Originally Posted by valanhb
Can they be put in a pet carrier and held on your lap in the carrier? It isn't recommended to ever let cats loose in a car since they have a propensity to get into the smallest spaces (i.e. under the brake petal).
Yes! Not only that, but the cats will be traumatized enough,
and a small space, like that of a carrier, is much preferred!
Definitely, never put cats loose in a car!
PLEASE do not put them in the back. No matter how well you
anchor things, you simply cannot be sure that they wont
come to harm. And they will be so distressed away from
you! Do they get along? Can you put them in a single carrier
that you can put in your lap?
I don't like to drug cats, but talk to your vet about the possilbity
of it for the trip. Cats HATE travel, and if your friend really hates
cats, their complaints will drive everybody crazy! Don't do it without
discussing this carefully with your vet -- but it might be a kindness
in this case to let them sleep through the trip.
The downside of this is that they will be very groggy when they
wake up, disoriented and confused -- and this before they have
to adjust to a new location! Very stressful. It's not like you can
explain to them the whys and wherefores. So I don't normally
recommend this. But because you are in a difficult position with
someone on whom you depend who is already starting out with
an attitude against the cats, I suggest it as an option to discuss
with your vet.