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?
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.