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I am relocating in 2 weeks. about a four hour drive. I am

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I am relocating in 2 weeks. about a four hour drive. I am taking my cat (Martha) with me in my car. she is 3years old and an indoor cat. she is healthy and very friendly and loving. Do you have any suggestions on how to prep her and how to transport her. she is frightened by outdoors. I could leave my door open and she would not go outside. any advise would be very much appreciated. thank you, Georgeanne.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Cat Veterinary
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
Hi Georgeanne,
I am sorry Martha gets upset in the car.
Feed her a canned food meal with turkey a half hour before you leave. It contains l-triptophan and is sleep inducing.
Add one quarter of a 4 mg clortimeton. It is a tiny pill so she will not detect it. It should also make her sleepy and calm.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/chlorpheniramine-maleate-chlor-trimeton/page1.aspx
When in the car, keep a towel that has been sprayed with Feliway.That will keep her calm.
http://www.petplace.com/drug-library/feliway/page1.aspx
Put rescue remedy in her water:
http://www.rescueremedy.com/products/
Some cats feel better if the carrier is covered.
It is best if she remains in the carrier while you drive because any short stop or sharp turn can rattle her and she can be thrown about as well.
Please let me know how things go.
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Terri
Expert:  Terri replied 1 year ago.
Hi,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
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