Road trip with cats in the winter

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11. Posted by Dymphna (Respected Member 223 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I offered to watch a cat for a service man who was deployed for 7 months. Turned out to be one of the meanest cats I have ever known (I have a scare). I had to go about 4 hours to pick up the cat. The cat started to mew as soon as it was in the car. The service man said that was normal, he did not like cars. I turned on a book and the cat calmed down and was quiet the whole trip.

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13. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1835 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

My husband has a styrofoam shelter on the porch for the feral cats and he has a heating pad in it for them in the winter. Cats usually have really good coats as insulation against cold unless they get wet they should be good. You don't want them to get too hot.

I would harness train them so that they could be walked outside the truck if needed. If something happened to the truck, you would want to have a way to keep them with you.

14. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1661 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

We had to take our cat on a cross-country move once and we trained him to a leash so we could take him out and walk him. He meowed for the first few miles and then settled down and seemed to enjoy the rest of the trip. You should try to get them used to riding before you go and you won't have to deal with the initial discontent. Being able to use a leash is very helpful especially if you run into any problems with the truck. I made a special harness but they have cute harnesses for small dogs that would work well on a cat and be difficult for kitty to escape.

I would also check hotel chains along the way and see if any are pet friendly. If so, you won't have a problem. Just bring the kitties inside. You might want to call and make sure they welcome cats as well as dogs rather than just assume that.

Good luck and enjoy your trip.

15. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1661 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Our daughter who has traveled extensively with her cat said if you have trouble finding a cat hotel, find a pet friendly hotel that accepts dogs and just tell them your cats are dogs. She just had one very peaceful kitty so there was never a problem and no one ever checked to see if she had a kitty or a dog. If your cats are noisy or destructive, that won't work.

Remember cats have fur coats so can handle a lot of weather that people don't like. A battery-operated heating pad may solve a lot of problems.

Good luck on your move.

16. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1156 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Our daughter who has traveled extensively with her cat said if you have trouble finding a cat hotel, find a pet friendly hotel that accepts dogs and just tell them your cats are dogs. She just had one very peaceful kitty so there was never a problem and no one ever checked to see if she had a kitty or a dog. If your cats are noisy or destructive, that won't work.

Remember cats have fur coats so can handle a lot of weather that people don't like. A battery-operated heating pad may solve a lot of problems.

Good luck on your move.

I am curious why a hotel would accept dogs but not cats? What is the difference to a hotel if your pet is a dog or a cat?

17. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1835 posts) 1y 2 Star this if you like it!

Cats have claws and can climb.

18. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1661 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

GGR is correct. Cute little kitties can be very destructive. Those claws are a set of knives on each paw and can shred curtains, bed spreads and even carpets.

Cats don't usually travel either so they can be upset if put in a different environment. Upset kitties don't always use their litter boxes appropriately . . . and then there are hair balls.

People usually train their dogs but not their cats. There are a lot of differences. You have to know your cat. Our daughter's Kitty travels well and ours probably would because she's not a climber or a scratcher. Hotels are cautious from experience so it's a good idea to make sure they will accept a cat. You might be required to keep them in a carrier overnight.

19. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 1156 posts) 1y 1 Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

GGR is correct. Cute little kitties can be very destructive. Those claws are a set of knives on each paw and can shred curtains, bed spreads and even carpets.

Cats don't usually travel either so they can be upset if put in a different environment. Upset kitties don't always use their litter boxes appropriately . . . and then there are hair balls.

People usually train their dogs but not their cats. There are a lot of differences. You have to know your cat. Our daughter's Kitty travels well and ours probably would because she's not a climber or a scratcher. Hotels are cautious from experience so it's a good idea to make sure they will accept a cat. You might be required to keep them in a carrier overnight.

Thanks for this really explains a lot.

20. Posted by spiritbohemian (Inactive 5 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I think it's kinda risky because cats are not travel friendly, if they get irritated then they can start bitting or shreding your skin with claws like a knife....ooohhh i just imagine that kind of stuff right now.