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[#] Mon Mar 01 2004 11:02:27 EST from catwoman @ Haven BBS

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We travelled from Florida when I lived there with the cat in the car with me, and a litterbox in the back seat. I just left her loose except when we stopped to eat and gas up. She used the litterbox and ate a little dry food I had left out as well as the water.

[#] Mon Mar 01 2004 11:58:58 EST from Ian M. Shot @ Haven BBS

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Artee: Depending on the animal, you might want to talk to your Vet and see if they have anything for her. I know my son's cat hates ridding in the car, and crys and pees all over himself when we go. Some kitty Valium might be in order.

[#] Mon Mar 01 2004 15:20:40 EST from Artee @ Haven BBS

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I've never traveled with a cat and I don't know what she'll do. I'll check with my vet for his comments. I may try the litterbox in the car (truck) idea and give her pleny of opportunities on the trip.

Thanks for the comments, it's given me some good ideas to consider.

[#] Tue Mar 02 2004 08:17:39 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Talk to your vet about tranquilizers, and have a carrier.

That's what I did with my cat for the 700 mile trip, last year.

[#] Tue Mar 02 2004 11:10:40 EST from Artee @ Haven BBS

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Yes, I would use a carrier. I'm worried she'd get out of the car and that's not good. She must be about 10 years old now, so she knows alot more than me (or so she thinks).

Tranquilizers might be very helpful to keep her from going crazy if she gets scared. I think the front of the truck in a carrier with just me is best (no dogs or kid). If it will fit, I might put a dog crate in instead and her litter box would fit in there with her.

Once she's finally moved, she'll be fine. I just don't want her to get hurt or lost on the trip. The front of the trucks (I'm using a 26') are pretty big so a crate might actually fit.

Thanks again for the ideas.

[#] Tue Mar 02 2004 22:45:47 EST from mightbme @ Haven BBS

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Most cats hate car trips. I've only had one they didn't freak out. The rest (this is years before carriers became common) hid under the seat and yowled.

[#] Tue Mar 02 2004 23:57:05 EST from Curly Surmudgeon @ Haven BBS

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We just threw cats in a pillowcase with a big wad of catnip then the whole thing into the trunk.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2004 05:59:19 EST from Freakdog @ Dog Pound BBS II

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<snicker>

[#] Wed Mar 03 2004 10:04:19 EST from Artee @ Dog Pound BBS II

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Yeah, but I like my cat. The kid rides in the trunk.

[#] Wed Mar 03 2004 10:07:15 EST from Artee @ Dog Pound BBS II

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It looks like the dog crate will fit in the front of the truck, so I'm going to put her in the crate with a covered cat box (because I don't want to look at it for 30 hours). I'll put water in when I stop but not while I'm driving.

I hate moving, but it's nice when it's all finished.

[#] Fri Mar 05 2004 10:08:24 EST from papa smurf @ Haven BBS

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I had a cat that loved to ride.

[#] Mon May 31 2004 09:26:07 EDT from Campagnolo @ MCM Groups

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[#] Thu Jun 24 2004 01:09:55 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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[#] Thu Jun 24 2004 01:15:21 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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Oh, another example of the preprogramming:

After the encounter with Ratdog, Border Collie was hyper and ready to work doing anything I could communicate but we were walking so it was pretty much, "I'm going this way up the sidewalk" which was fine for her. In a rush she was goine, headed ahead.

I let this go for a half-block and she was gone out of sight so I reversed direction to see if she could find me. When I was back to the Ratdog's house I heard her claws running up behind me and continued back the way we'd come.

So, still adrenalin'd out, she rushed up ahead out of site.

Then I reversed paths again only to get to the next long street corner before her nails sounded from behind once again. I stopped and she charged ahead yet again but I changed paths so she had to come back at my call.

If you work it right I can give her 4 miles of exercise while I walk one.

[#] Thu Jun 24 2004 12:17:13 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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Border Collies give some people the willies. That Border Collie stare, unique to the breed, intimidates other dogs, even charging Rotweilers stop dead in their tracks when a Border Collie drops down into a crouch and gives them "The Stare."

At home, when we have visitors, people get extremely uncomfortable at The Stare. When our BC fixates on someone who isn't a Dog Person you can see their skin begin to crawl. I've actually had visitors leave out of sheer discomfort.

Cats freak out, a border collie can out-stare them. In the evening, no matter how much outside time she's had, everyone will get The Stare. Once she has your attention she'll tell you, in no uncertain terms, that it's time to go for a walk in the greenbelt. If you don't respond properly she'll beat you about the knees with her head (I've trained her not to jump on people).

[#] Fri Jun 25 2004 00:50:01 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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"The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too." --Samuel Butler

[#] Fri Jun 25 2004 02:38:45 EDT from Thom-E @ The Cocoon

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Good quote. That's something that I apprecate about dogs, they're not embarrassed by me in public.

My oldest dog (15 years) follows me around the house and lays down. Hmm, she just got up and left the room as soon as I typed that. Anyway, she's never complained about me a day in her life.

[#] Fri Jun 25 2004 14:17:28 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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[#] Fri Jun 25 2004 14:37:00 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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[#] Fri Jun 25 2004 17:22:38 EDT from Curly Surmudgeon @ The Cocoon

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"If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you. This is the principle difference between a dog and a man."
--Mark Twain

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