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post #1 of 20
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she was perfect. slept on my lap must of the trip ( half in her carrier and half out- she was tethered for stops but didn't like the feel of grass so she didn't want to leave the car. but she liked smelling the birds. She ate and used the litter box at night in the hotels. rescue remedy may have been the saving grace or she is the best cat on earth. She loves being in a big house with two large starir wells with all her things back and is exploring all the unpacked boxes.

Thanks to everyone for the great support and advice about traveling with a cat. I was really worried and it wet like a dream, PLUS I adore portland.

Diana
post #2 of 20
Abigail, you're such a good little girl! Mommy must have gotten those boxes just for you! I'm so happy your super long trip went so peacefully, Diana, and that you and Abigail are already enjoying your new home!
post #3 of 20
Abigail, that is great. It's really a testament to your spirit and presence in the car with her~~
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You're lucky! I am gload it went well for you... that's a loooon trip.

When we were moving and had to take the cats on short field trips while we were showing the house, my Burmese just meowed the whole time. Monotonously. "Mah. Mah. Mah. Maaaaahh. Mah. Mah. Mah." You get the idea... she has that Siamese voice, so it got really annoying. She also decided to puke, poop, AND pee nearly every time we got her in the carrier... she was much better after we figured out she shut up and was much happier when we let her on my lap to look out the window!
post #5 of 20
Oh, Abi, you were such a good girl for Mommy! Diana, when you can, tell us more about your trip, which path you drove, what you saw along the way, and of course tons of pics of your new home!!!
post #6 of 20
YEAH!!!!

Good girl!!!
post #7 of 20
That is great! I hope mine are the same in July!
post #8 of 20
Congrats on such a great trip, with mine they are either angels or nightmares in the car, Magnum I wouldn't even think about allowing out of his cage the way he acts so long journeys are not an option for him.
Good luck in the new house (and new place)
post #9 of 20
Good Abigail! I bet all the sights you saw were quite interesting. And oh the smells!!

I'll be headingn to Portland in another month... 2000 miles for me... I have a Chevy Astro which I'll be removing the bench seats. My plan is to do a large cage using the panels of those wire shelving kits... people make rabbit cages out of these things... let's just hope JoJo doesn't break them with her hefty poundage.

Are you on the west side or east side? Or one of the suburbs? I've been having a small saga of apartment issues... I can tell you one complex to NEVER rent from... but not on the forum. I'm considering calling the health inspector on them. I was out there earlier this week... blech. So I'm trying another place. I really hope i get this one... the buildings are brand new. I'd be the first tenant in my unit! No nasty walls and carpet for me!

I was almost thinking of setting up some sort of tether situation instead of cages... any thoughts, since you just did the same type of move?

Off to meet with a client!
Amanda
post #10 of 20
Wow I hope when I get my own place Tavia does okay on the trip because she cries the whole time to the vet and the vet is just a 30 minute drive away. I am certain we won't be moving as far away but I do want to spread my wings just a bit. I bet you are so proud of your Abigail, love the name by the way as my name is Gail . Well good luck in your new home from my Tavia and me to you.
post #11 of 20
I can't drive 5 minutes down the road with my cat, so...
post #12 of 20
After all of our worrying over poor Abigail, I'm so glad she settled down and was just fine. She might have been feeding off of your stress and when you just accepted, we're going and that's it, she thought "ok, I'm just along for the ride".
post #13 of 20
Congratulations on such a long trip! And I'm glad you two are settling down nicely.

Kanoe and Toulouse don't mind cartrips at all as long as they aren't in the carrier, but Captain hates them. I'm a little worried as we'll be moving in a few months, and he's going to have to be in the car for about two hours. Poor thing was petrified when I brought him down here. The other two just want to look out the window!
post #14 of 20
That's terrific, Diana! I've been wondering how Abigail was weathering the trip. I'm glad to hear that she likes the new house, too. A lot of cats would probably hide for a few weeks, instead of exploring everything.
post #15 of 20
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Originally Posted by RubSluts'Mommy

Are you on the west side or east side? (section cut)
I was almost thinking of setting up some sort of tether situation instead of cages... any thoughts, since you just did the same type of move?
Amanda
Wow Amanda, we have to meet for coffee. I live in Portland proper, in the SW in a neighborhood called Multnomah Village, funky multi ethnic, tons of trees quiet. just perfect yet close enough to have the conveniences of downtown. I am still unpacking boxes... we now have a path to move from room to room...

As for the tether. I bouoght an H harness for a small dog and got her used to that. then I added the leash and let her drag it around. a little bit every day. Originally I was going to have her in the carrier inthe back seat and let her out during rests stops. but she crued and wanted to be closer. So we switched to the carrier on my lap on a cushion and opened the door. so she started each day half in and half out of the carrier. by late afternoon I could move the carrier and she spent actual driving time in my lap. During stops i let her out once on the leash and she hated the feel of the grass and freaked out so all other stops she stayed inthe car. we'd stop for lunch in the shade and she would be free to move about the car. which she did. but even with the windows opened she never tried to get out because it was too scarey.

it was funny when on the third day we decided to forget about the carrier and just go straight for the lap. but she didn't like that change one bit so we went back to the normal routine. Even though we had water and a litter box in the car she never used them while in the car. She would drink small amounts from my hand. Each night when we hit the hotel drinking water from her bowl and peeing were the first things she did. She even managed some bowel movements.

I used a feliway infuser in the hotel room and spritzed the rooms with feliway spray. She wasn't ever reluuctant to get in her carrier and felt really blessed to have such a mellow trusting cat.

My instincts told me not to fly with her and I was right. She is settling in and exploring and having a ball. At the end of the day my husband use the huge jacuzzi and she watches and ask her why was SHE looking so tired???? we did all the work.

I am too exhausted to spell check this, so forgive all my typos.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Tavia'smom
Wow I hope when I get my own place Tavia does okay on the trip because she cries the whole time to the vet and the vet is just a 30 minute drive away.
we discovered that the steady hum of the highway bothered her less than stop and go and turning. So that might be helpful.
post #17 of 20
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Originally Posted by kittylover4ever
Oh, Abi, you were such a good girl for Mommy! Diana, when you can, tell us more about your trip, which path you drove, what you saw along the way, and of course tons of pics of your new home!!!
we stopped NO WHERE.... this was one of those get there as fast as you can things.... and I bet there were many wonderful things to see, but all we saw were highways, Hampton Inns, Basken Robbins and Starbucks whenever possible. We learned we preferred Chick-Fil-A best of all when it came to fast food and that if my husband and survived a five day trip with a cat on my lap and he doing all the driving, we can endure anything.

When I get some pictures up I will start photos. We dont have the TV set up yet, but I finally found my CD player and piles of lady singers !!!

The dining room is storing all my china and glasswear etc because i am having some kitchen work done and i dont plan to move those suckers any more than I have to. Bless you all for thinking about me. Your good vibes were felt and appreciated. Kisses.
post #18 of 20
I have a van and I'll be taking the bench seats out so I'll be sleeping IN the van with the furkids. So, no need for hotels along the way. In Idaho, I'll be staying a night with friends, but probably only for hanging out and access to a bathroom... they'll be close enough that I can visit with them and vice-versa.

Coffee? definitely! I'll probably be arriving late June... so anytime after that will be cool with me. And I know there are other Oregon TCS'ers lurking about... I smell an Oregon/Portland gathering!

If i get the place I'm now applying for [i guess I should do some sort of rant on here about that...], I'll be on the NE side. My whole apartment saga has been tedious and extremely frustrating.... but more on that elsewhere.

I'm wondering if I should forgo the whole cage thing altogether and just do harnesses... They've been okay with collars... something they should get used to anyway... I've never needed collars before. i'm in a mid-rise building with the front door opening into a interior corridor.

I may find some hook system to attach the leashes to for when I get in and out of the van... just so I know they're not going to try escaping. Hmm....

Well, I have to hit Petsmart anyway... I'll look at harnesses...

Amanda
post #19 of 20
Tavia doesn't like her carrier and when she went somewhere out of her carrier she clawed someone really badly she is a very independant cat and she is not comfortable with strange people or noises. It took her six months to get used to my dad. When I moved in with him and she still doesn't go near my sister and my uncle. She follows every move I make though. She is very much a one person cat. Always has been but my ex-husband made it worse but I am not going there today. ex husbands are bad subjects
post #20 of 20
I am glad Abigail did well on your trip!! What a good girl!
Conner loves being in the car, I take him with me places as much as I can. For some reason he thinks that's his special time and gets all lovable and purry and hams it up on my lap, lol. I don't know how he'd like a 5 day trip though, whew!
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