Hi Kimberley -
This is a tough call.
If all your kitties except Q-tip are fine, you might
consider taking Q-tip but leaving the other cats
unless Q-tip is particularly bonded to another kitty
and you think that having the other kitty/kitties
less stressful for Q-tip.
I posted a similar question here a month or so ago, (I
was planning a short trip and was having a hard time
finding a reliable pet-sitter (I'd never used one) who
would be able to come by 2x a day to pill my heart
kitty. A few people responded that their vet suggested
they take the cat with them - because they - more than
anyone else will notice a change in the cat. Other
people suggested that I ask the vet's techs to cat
sit - they have experience etc. I started to explore
that option - but the handful of people I contacted
were unwilling/unable to help out.
I asked my cat's cardiologist about taking my cat with
me (9 -10 hour one-way trip) and she felt that she
could not recommend it. Her fear was that the stress
of the trip and the unfamiliar environment would
precipitate CHF. I would certainly try to track down a
few vets along the route and in your destination town.
Some of the people subscribed to this group were able
to recommend vets to me.
Given the circumstances, I decided to take my cat ,
but at the very last moment, a friend whom I did
trust, offered to house/cat sit. The sitter was a
friend who had been in the house several times and
my two cats feared.
As for whether or not the 6 hour car trip will be
stressful that depends on the cat. My two cats used
to go for 8 - 10 hour car trips 3-4 times/year. When
they were kittens - it was no big deal. As they got
older, they didn't like being confined to their travel
cage and they would cry and cry for about 20-40
minutes before settling down for the trip.
Once I get to the destination, they want out of their
crate and they spend the next hour or so exploring the
new environment so they seem to deal with new places
pretty well, but each cat is different.
I have a large metal cage for travel. It is for a
medium sized dog. I built a peg-board shelf for it
and when I travel with them, I put a small litterbox
(cardboard box from a case of canned cat food), food
dish and water supply. The water bottle I use is a
large bottle like those that you would find in a
gerbil cage - except it holds a liter
of water. Usually one kitty sleeps in the litter
the other on the shelf. When they were younger (12
wks to 18 mo), they used the litterbox during the trip
and they ate and drank. Once
they were older (5 years), they mostly just sleep.
Nala, Camille and Cozette
> I am going to be going to a conference for work the
> last week in September.
> The conference is about 6 hours from my home. Now,
> the question is, should
> I take Q-tip and the other kitties with me.
> 1. I can watch her health conditions.
> 2. I know she is getting her medicines and eating
> 3. Someone will be around her all night every night
> and she can sleep with
> us. She gets upset when we go out of town.
> Will a drive that long be stressful?
> How will she adjust to the hotel room?
> 1, I could get a pet sitter, but expensive, plus
> Q-tip is my cat and
> doesn't really take to other peoples.
> 2. My mom could come check on her twice daily, but
> 1. I don't trust my mom
> to medicate her with all her pills and supplements
> since she is a holy
> terror to pill, and my mom gave but on medicating
> her crf cat because it was
> too hard and she seemed to be doing ok without the
> medications. 2. She
> HATES HATES HATES my mom. She growls and snarls at
> her. Probably because
> my mom smells like dog. 3. My mom would show up
> whenever..maybe 7am one day
> and 10 am the next and have a royal fit when I asked
> her to fit on a
> schedule because she is doing me a favor... Need I
> go on....
> 3. Boarding....No
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