Hi pet lovers. I just posted this on the TV message board cuz that's the only one I've ever visited. Anyway, this seems a more appropriate venue. Any tips or help anyone can offer would be MOST appreciated:
Hey all. Long time no chat. Sorry I've been so away, there's much to catch up on but here's the scoop in a li'l ol' shell: I'm gettin the hell outta dodge. Had enough of the frigid Northeast, moving to Arizona at the end of March!
Very excited but concerned about driving with kitty - about 5 days' worth of 12-hour days in the car. He'll go nuts. But I also looked into shipping him there, and I'm hearing too many horror stories. Anybody have any firsthand experience with that? Tips on the driving thing, if I decide to go that route (pun intended)?
My last resort is to drive him up to N.H. and make my softhearted sister adopt him, but then I would miss him and be sad.
Your vet would probably be the most knowledgeable in this subject. They probably have all different kinds of methods that I wouldn't even think about. Besides, it might make it easier for the next vet if you have a copy of your cat's records. If your cat stresses easily then you might also want to ask your vet about what mild traquilizers that are available. The only other suggestion I would make would be to make evenly spaced breaks while on the trip. The breaks don't have to be long. Let him get some pats on the head and check his food and water levels. If you have an old shirt that you won't be using anymore, you might want to put it in the bottom of the carrier that you will be using. Your scent will calm him a bit.
Well that is about it. Most of all good luck on your move. Let me know how it goes.