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  • #859635

    Violet
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    What are the ideas of 2 6-8 wk old kitten traveling 10 hours in a car? My gut tells me it would stress them out too much?

    #859642

    pussigato
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    At this age, I’m trying to decide if a cat sitter or traveling for a long trip is more stressful.

    If they don’t go with you, who would care for them?

    How long are you going to be gone? Is this a permanent move? If you’re at a hotel, is it pet friendly?

    #859644

    TrufflesMom
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    PG has some good questions for you to consider. I wanted to add that all of my cats have hated car trips but I have known cats that were fine. I know one cat that as a kitten loved car rides and spent most of his first year going everywhere with his people, mostly short trips – Pet store, visiting etc, probably no more than an hour or so in the car at a time but doing it several times a day. That same cat today (13 years later) hates car trips, but the only time he gets in the car now is a trip to the vet.

    Another family I knew regularly took their cats on family trips, 10 hour car rides across states, the cats were used to it and were fine.

    #859646

    Violet
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    I am going to adopt them. They belong to my Granddaughter…Her Dad and her will be bringing them to me. I don’t want to stress them out.

    #859647

    Violet
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    I am going to adopt them. They belong to my Granddaughter…Her Dad and her will be bringing them to me. I don’t want to stress them out.

    #859653

    pussigato
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    Do not let them run lose in the vehicle! Cool water and proper ventilation are absolutely necessary.

    With a towel or blanket they will be snug and comfy…no need to get out. Even if the doors of the vehicle are all closed to prevent escape from the car they could hide under a seat and not come out, then later crawl under the brake pedal or something. They must have some sort of ID. Purrhaps, take pictures of them.

    First, they need a secure enclosure that has proper ventilation in the space. I know they’re small and nap a lot but they need a space to move around. This space should have a small litter box. The kits will (most likely) play and sleep in the litter. If you don’t want the litter box, I recommend pee pads in the enclosure.

    It would be good to make pit stops to give them (and drivers) a break. Do not let them walk around by themselves. You don’t know how easily kits can run off.

    The only way a cat can cool herself is by drinking cool water. Water is an absolute must. They could bring some Goats milk. It’s good for digestion and has lots of vitamins. It would help keep them hydrated and fill their tummies, too. Goats milk is a good food for kittens. It’s easier on the tummies so they don’t throw up. The problem with solid food is it’s too heavy and when they get an upset tummy…

    I think that’s all. Happy travels and you sound like an awesome purr parent.

    PG

    #859701

    Violet
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    I’m so leary about them traveling that far. They will be in a carrier in an AC car. Thanx for all your thoughts. I still have to think on it. You see I have an 18 yr old male now, whose partner passed in November because of cancer. He is missing her yet he is soooooo dependent on me. He does not leave my side, he never has even when my female was alive. He is a big concern.

    #859704

    Kittyzee
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    Since you have an 18 year old male cat, please remember that he is set in his ways, and kittens seriously have no boundaries. You need to protect him from them (I’m saying this in a kind way) so that he is not stressed out to the point of making him ill. He will not be able to get away from a kitten that is revved up and wanting to run, chew, kick, and generally be a kitten. They can co-exist in the same household, but you will really have to look out for his welfare.

    #859706

    pussigato
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    I didn’t realize you cat is an elderly guy kit. KZ is absolutely right on their potential relationship. He’s set in his ways and likely missing his partner so he won’t know what to do with a tiny ball of furry energy. So keep his health in mind and you should be able to successfully introduce them.

    #859718

    Violet
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    I’ve introduced kittens to elderly cats before and with patience and monitoring, it can be done. The good thing is I work from home so I am with them 24×7. That is one reason my Anthony is so attached to me. When I leave for any reason, my employee saids he will cry looking for me. That is why I thought of getting 2 kittens, they can keep each other company and he can just kinda hang with me. I would keep them separate from him when I cannot be there to watch. I may just wait to get the kittens. I still don’t feel right them traveling 8-19 hours to get here to me. I always have felt, when I’m supposed to have a kitten, it will choose me.
    Thanx for your input.

    #859721

    pussigato
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    That’s good Violet, you know what to do and how to introduce them. It sounds like you have everything under control. Now you just have to wait for your girl to come home.

    Good luck and do let us know how they’re getting along.
    PG

    #859738

    Violet
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    Just an update….I am getting the kittens and they are coming from IL. The vet said it is no different than someone moving with them, they will be fine. I just ordered a kitten playpen for them. I’m excited and apprehensive. But all will be fine. My son is having them vet checked for AIDS, leukemia, and distemper. I will post pics when I get them.

    #859758

    pussigato
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    Are they coming this weekend? I’d love to see some pictures of your new fur kids.

    #859921

    Violet
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    I should arrive 6/21, so I will have some pictures to post soon. Thanx for all the input.

    #860685

    Violet
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    Good news…everyone is adjusting fine. MY 18 yr old has taken to the 2nd story for his solitude and safety. The kittens are confined to the first floor. Today I had all 3 of them on my desk at work. Sometimes growling and hissing, but for the most part everything went well. I can’t figure out how to post pics, but I will get there.

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