Can You Move with Your Cat Long-Distance?

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Can You Move Long-Distance With Your Cat?

Have you ever wondered if it were possible to move with your cat in tow? Sure, that's possible, but how about a long-distance move? It is certainly feasible, but is it a reasonable thing to do. Many people who are already agonizing over a long-distance move like this often have to leave their beloved pet behind, but you do not have to!

If you know that you are going to have to make a big change, because of a relocation for work or your family, then it is important to start adjusting your cat to the imminent change. The most plausible scenario in this move, is a road trip. A lot of people would be surprised, but there are plenty of cats who will hop right into the car and go with you on your errands, just like a dog. The difference between these cats, and the ones who are terrified of driving around in a car all day is that they have had practice. Many of these cats were trained as kittens to sit with their owner as they went about their daily errands.

To make this transition safe, buy a cat collar and leash. This way you don’t have to worry that your cat will bolt during your journey.

Start taking your cat with you on short car rides, maybe just down the street, around the block and then back home. Don’t worry if they start to meow loudly. They might even start to pant like a dog. This just means that they are stressed out. Who wouldn’t be if they had never been in a car before. The more you take them out, the more they will get used to it. They may not like it very much, but you will be getting them ready for the move.

Be aware that when you start on this journey, your cat will most likely be very stressed out, they will be nervous and the motion from the car might make the sick. Be prepared. Make sure that you have wipes in the car, as well as towels and plastic bags, because it is more than likely that within the first 30 minutes to an hour of the drive, your cat will be sick. He may vomit, and then have a bowel movement.

You can prepare ahead of time by feeding your cat a smaller amount than you usually would in the days before your road trip. This will ensure that when you cat does become sick, they won’t have quite as much food to empty out of their system.

There are a lot of hotels that are pet friendly, but with any trip you should call in advance and make sure that they will allow your cat to spend the night as well. Policies and pet deposits can change, you don’t want to be stuck at the only hotel within an hours distance when your whole family is exhausted that won’t allow your cat to stay.

It is definitely possible to move with your cat with you when you have to relocate for a job or for your family. Just make sure that you take the time to prepare in advance. Allow your cat the time they need to get used to a car ride in advance and you will be able to take your cat with you!

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