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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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Good News!!

My cats are coming with me to Vancouver!

As our move date got nearer and nearer, I was finding it harder and harder to think about leaving my babies behind. I think they knew it too because they were getting more and more affectionate, those little manipulative brats. I hadn't talked about it with my mom/grandpa since before my grandma died, so I brought it up again and since I've offered to go to school only part time in order to look after my grandpa, they gave in to the cats. I feel sort of bad because it feels like I manipulated them now, but we have a plan for blocking off the downstairs where my grandpa lives so the cats can't get down.

So that's great! But, now this means we're going to have to haul the cats on a 6-night, 5000 km road trip across the country, and Ariel doesn't travel well at all.

I'm going to make an appointment with my vet to get a checkup and ask about sedatives, but can you really sedate a cat for seven days? Jasmine has always been okay in the car, but Ariel can't tolerate anything that moves - even the elevator in our building. It's a 45-minute drive to the vet and she cries the entire way and worse, starts panting. I don't know how she'll handle seven days of it.

I've read a few other threads on travelling with cats, but if anyone has any new experiences, please share!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 04:37 PM
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I don't have any advice, but I wanted to say that's great news!!
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 04:56 PM
 
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Maybe someone else can back me up, but I've heard Feliway sprays work in the carrier to help calm the kitty's nerves. Also, they have stuff at like Petsmart/Petco that you can give them for like motion sickness and stuff for travel.
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-17-2005, 05:37 PM
 
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Maybe spirit essences would help?

http://www.spiritessence.com/
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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 01:55 AM Thread Starter
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I've heard people talking about SpiritEssences here... but do they actually work? Has anyone used them before?

And Petrafan, I browsed the Petsmart site... and they did have quite a few different things for travel. I hope they sell them up here! Hopefully between those, and anything my vet gives me, and possibly the Spirit stuff, they should be okay.

I just don't want her to collapse from the stress or something. I don't know, could that happen? I hate it when she starts panting, it really freaks me out.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-18-2005, 07:13 AM
 
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I use the spirit essences for Obsession. My oldest cat has OCD. I have had some success with it. She hasn't entirely stopped overgrooming, but she isn't bald either
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I've heard people talking about SpiritEssences here... but do they actually work? Has anyone used them before?
I used Spirit Essences with two of my cats -- one is a bully and the other is scared of everything (great combination). Anyway, I had the spirits mixed at a local Herb Shop rather than buying online, and I think it worked for them. Two cats that wouldn't be in the same room before now sleep about a foot apart. It's worth a try -- you could also get some meds from the vet if you think she will be really bad.
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So glad to hear that! Hope you find a solution
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-19-2005, 03:23 AM
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I'm so glad you can take them with you. I had a cat who did the panting thing and I just started taking him for very short trips in the car and giving him special treats and catnip when we got home and he was o.K. in a pretty short time. Oh, also,sometimes I'd just take him out and sit in the car without it running. Now he doesn't mind at all. If the only place they ever go is the vet then they associate the car with bad things. If you have time before your trip maybe this will help. It didn't take mine long at all.
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