As you can see, we're working hard on settling in, helping Mom unpack, and stuff like that.
But, we are very tired now, and are taking a well deserved rest.
Mom has a few things she wants to share,
so we hope everyone has a wonderful Caturday.
I wanted to share what I could of our trip, in case someone else needs to make one.
Best advice? DON'T!! I'm pretty sure I lost a few years off the end of my life doing this.
In case you have to -
1. I bought a medium size dog crate, plenty of room for them and a small disposable litter box.
2. I sedated the cats, with a trial run the week before. Ace - something or other.
Had roughly the same effect that a Nyquil dose would have on us.
I am very glad I did this, for their comfort. I used a towel sprayed
with Feliway draped on their cage too. I was reluctant to use the medication but am very glad I did.
3. I insisted that the cats never be left alone in the vehicle.
I wanted eyes on them the whole time. When we all stopped for lunch,
I stayed in the car with the cats.
4. I had water in their crate, but they never used it. I tried to convince them, but they would have none of it. Toby used the box once, while the car was moving. Leia pretty much never moved from her spot from behind Toby, but eventually she too... well.... there was clean up involved later.
5. Maybe the most important aspect: Temperature monitoring.
I chose the time of the year for its mildness, and we were blessed with very overcast skies
until three hours to home. We hit Florida and the heat increased. I kept having to stop so I could readjust and keep the sunspots from hitting them, especially Toby. After our experience with heat stroke, I no longer trust either of them to move under such extreme emotional circumstances.
Towels and blankets were essential in keeping the sun from getting to them. We had plenty of AC and I kept sticking my hand in the cage to make sure the air wasn't too warm. If anything, I may have kept it a bit on the colder side. By the end, I could barely see the cats because of the coverings.
I also took a battery operated fan. I used it during our lunch stop. Just in case.
And that's the story of our Big Moving Adventure. We're settled in now,
I'm unpacking a LOT of boxes and every night they are a bit calmer.