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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 08:17 PM Thread Starter
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Moving 2,700 miles with Rotten

Okay. Scary move. I know tips about keeping my Rotten one in the car, and I can get kitteh-dramamine for her since she's so sensitive. But I'm afraid of her overheating. How can she not get sick after a week of driving in the hot sun in the summer?

I'd honestly rather not take her--the program's only six months, and I don't know what I'll do after it. But my only option is to take her back home, where all kittehs' ears are black with mites, fur is full of fleas, she doesn't have special sensitive-stomach food, and she gets picked on 24/7. She can't be with other cats, she's terrified of other cats. She'd be one of...twelve or so. My Roo comes with me.

Help I'm absolutely miserable making this decision to take her. I feel like a failure as a human, forcing her to endure a car ride. She's so sensitive to cars, she gets so sick.


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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 08:24 PM
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Sometimes in life, you have to choose between two things that aren't really good choices. You do the best you can.

For the few days of travel, feed her once you stop for the night. Don't feed her in the morning, but offer a couple of pieces of dry food every hour while traveling. It shouldn't be enough to upset her stomach, but should help prevent HL.
You might actually find that she adjusts to the car travel routine and becomes a better traveler. My daughter's cat would throw up 30 minutes into the car ride, then settle down. This time, when my daughter told her it was time to go see Talley, Harper walked right into the crate and laid down. No vomiting.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 08:42 PM
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I think she'll settle in after a bit, she won't be happy for a few days but that's better than being separated from you and being in a place where she won't be cared for properly for months.

I assume you don't have a/c in your car...how about getting an ice pack that you can refill with ice whenever you stop and lay it in the bottom of her carrier and cover with a towel? You should be able to find something in a drug store or Walmart. A hot water bottle may even work.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-04-2008, 09:09 PM Thread Starter
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I have AC. I just don't trust it to keep a sick, scared kitty safe. I'll try the ice packk idea.


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