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  •  I don't have anyone who can do a long ride (4+ / 0-)

    before next Wednesday, when we move. Also, I don't want her to know at this point that I'm intending on shutting her into the crate. She's never been in one. I don't want to have to hunt her down on moving day. I know I'm going to have one angry and vindictive cat on my hands once this is done. But I don't want her to trip people carrying furniture, or get stepped on, or get a dresser dropped on her head. We're moving into a 2 bathroom place, so she'll have a bathroom to herself until things are moved inside. My daughter's job is going to be keeping the dogs occupied outside on leash while things are being moved around since she's too young for heavy lifting anyway. Probably she and I since my lungs aren't up for it either.

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    by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:08:38 AM PST

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    •  Move her with the last load if you can, (6+ / 0-)

      also, some cats will wail for a long time and tire themselves out when traveling. Then they start panting and you feel like you should give them a drink. The wailing and panting may upset the kids.

       Do not let anyone unstopper that bottle for any reason, the "genie" will be very difficult to get back in the bottle, and may interfere with the driver or scratch the passengers due to panic. Plan ahead to give kitty some ice or bring a little dish and a bottle of water that can be squirted inside.

      When I moved swampyankee's Smudge from CT to NY, I started with a carrier, but put it into a dog crate with the carrier's door open.  There was a little crying but when she found she could go out of the carrier and back in she settled right down and was a good girl for nearly 8 hours. If you have a cat harness, you might want to put it on her, too.

      I once had a cat climb up under the dashboard of a van.  It took three hours and tuna to get her to come out far enough so we could re-capture her.  We didn't dare start the van; too many wires and we could have had a damaged van and a damaged kitty.  

      Have fun at the meet-up tomorrow! The group looks like a fun one!

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      by weck on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:30:05 AM PST

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      •  That is a great idea, how much bigger (4+ / 0-)

        was the dog crate? (than the cat carrier)

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        by bumbi on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:35:53 AM PST

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        •  It was a big crate, just barely fit in the car, (3+ / 0-)

          but I would do it again for any cat that needed to take a long trip, the cat didn't feel trapped and settled down pretty quickly.  Two of mine wail all the way to the vet (15 mins) and I'm afraid they will damage themselves trying to escape the carrier.  I can handle 15 minutes each way.

          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever. & http://www.dailykos.com/blog/Okiciyap

          by weck on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 08:03:31 AM PST

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      •  Actually we're planning (5+ / 0-)

        on me, Dad, Dad's mom and Bit to go up in the morning with the animals, because the three of us will be no help in loading the truck anyway. We have to go up, get the lease signed, get the keys and go to the water utility and get that paperwork filled out because you can't do it online. If we don't get the water stuff done before noon we won't have water until the next day. Draco and Caedy are going to stay here with Dad's dad and some cousins as well as Caedy's one friend to load the truck and bring it up later. And no, no one is opening that carrier until we get there. I don't have a harness for her, and she's never been on leash. I've done that before with my aunt's cats (from PA to FL) wasn't fun at all!
        I plan on getting her up there in the carrier, setting up food and water and the litter box in the bathroom where she'll be confined, opening the carrier door and getting out of the bathroom without her sneaking out. Then we'll put a sign on the door so no one goes in.

        "Madness! Total and complete madness! This never would've happened if the humans hadn't started fighting one another!" Londo Mollari

        by FloridaSNMOM on Fri Feb 08, 2013 at 07:55:13 AM PST

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