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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Moving with Cats across country.

All, Although I am brand new here on CF I hope someone can help me with a couple questions/problems/issues:

I am getting my home ready for a "For Sale" sign on April 1st.

My cats( I have two ) litter-box, and food bowl is located in my bedroom master closet and of course smells. I want to relocate everything into my garage. I can make it possible for them to have access full time, but am concerned they will have problems with the change.

Next question is about the actual move/drive from Florida to Texas. I moved to Florida from Texas about two years ago and had major problems with one of my cats getting stressed. I was concerned that he would die. He became very dispondent and could only pant like a dog with tounge handing out the entire trip. It took several days after I arrived before I could get him to eat.
Now I am about to make the return trip to Texas and am very concerned.

My cats were born "feral cats" and although I have made them house cats only, I have never tried to tame them or make them lap cats. It took three people to get them caged for the trip to Florida, and I do not want to go through the stress again.

Please, can anyone give me a suggestion to make me and the cats less stressed about our upcoming move?

Thanks,
BillyDeKid
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 11:01 AM
 
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You could try spirit essences. They have an adjustment blend.

http://www.spiritessence.com/?action=ca ... tegory=fec

You may also want to talk to a vet about medicating them. I know when I moved to Florida from Michigan I was very concerned about my oldest cat. She does the panting and drooling when in the car (like yours). She actually stopped after a few hours and started to relax though. The first 3-4 hours I was in a panic about it though.

Before I moved I posted and asked for advice. I also went to my vet. He didn't recommend medicating my cat. She was older (9 years) and also ver overweight at the time. He said it could make things worse. Dr. Jean recommended spirit essences and I wish I had tried it. I am currently using the obsession blend on one of my cats and I am having pretty good success with it.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 12:50 PM
 
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I moved with mine from Wisconsin to New Mexico. My vet prescribed acepromazine. We stayed at a hotel overnight and snuck the cats in.
However you end up doing it, just make sure you take great care that the cats never even have a chance to escape. Nothing worse than being in a strange place with a lost cat.

If you do move them into the garage, take some time to make sure there is nothing that they could get into. An antifreeze leak on the floor could prove deadly. Lawn fertalizer, weed killer, ect.... Also, depending on where you live, keep an eye on the weather, garages can get very hot in the summer.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-19-2005, 02:05 PM
 
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ok. I know this sounds probably a little weird but it helped so much... what I did when I moved from Texas to louisisana( mississippi boarder) and then back again was I put them in their kitty carrier and then after getting on the road after all the stops and goes in my small town and we got on I10 I turned on the ac and they were fine... I froze my butt off but they snuggled and went to sleep.... something about the AC helped... the vet also told me that is they were spasing about the 5 minute car ride to the vet e could prescribe a tranqualizer to help keep them calm. I did it on the was to LA but on the trip back they were fine... guess they got used to the drive
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