Although I've hinted at it.
In December, these North Carolina kittehs will transfer their residency to the great state of Florida. Tallahassee, to be precise. It's from whence I came, and to whence I will be returning. And if I have to go, so do they.
What I'm dreading is a 9 hour car ride with two nervous, unhappy felines. I put off my return to December because it will be much cooler. I plan to rent a medium size SUV so I can give them as much room as possible in the back, with some kind of confinement area. Two dog crates or a playpen maybe, with some space for a litterbox. Feliway applications. I've been reading about desensitizing car rides; I have my doubts but I have to try.
Someone else will be driving, so I can sit with them most of the way and talk to them. And if absolutely neccessary, I will have sedation pills. Last resort. I really don't want to go there; I'm hoping they will settle into that infamous cat-coma while we are on the move. I wish with all my heart I didn't have to do this to them, but sometimes we all have to endure. I'm not enthusiastic about long car rides myself.
There is a lot of experience out in the Cat Blogosphere, so I'm hoping for some solid advice. These are my babies. How can I help make this easier for them?