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April 8th 06, 08:35 PM
Me and my partner both work from home and are considering buying a
second home (actually a flat) which we intend to travel between on a
weekly basis - one week in one place another in the other. All we need
to work is an internet connection so it would be quite feasible.
However, we have two cats. So we want to know if they could get used to
travelling. I've searched using google and found many people saying
that they have had no problem travelling between homes with cats. No
one has said whether it is something cats can get used to, though. From
experience of taking our cats to the vets we know that they don't
travel well. After a few trips would they get accustomed to it? The
trip would be around two hours. When taking them to the vets they
usually whine throughout the five minute journey, would they do that
for two hours every time we travelled? If so are there alternatives?

cheers
Darren

Rhonda
April 9th 06, 05:24 AM
Wow, I don't know about that one.

I think the cats in general would be happier with you, unless there is
someone they know and love that will be living at your first home while
you're gone. If it's empty and you'd just have someone come in to feed
-- I'd try to take them with you. I'm sure they will get used to it
eventually. I wouldn't feel comfortable with them alone for half of
their lives. It would be easy to miss any illnesses or slight changes
that indicate a health problem.

Good luck to all of you,

Rhonda

wrote:

> Me and my partner both work from home and are considering buying a
> second home (actually a flat) which we intend to travel between on a
> weekly basis - one week in one place another in the other. All we need
> to work is an internet connection so it would be quite feasible.
> However, we have two cats. So we want to know if they could get used to
> travelling. I've searched using google and found many people saying
> that they have had no problem travelling between homes with cats. No
> one has said whether it is something cats can get used to, though. From
> experience of taking our cats to the vets we know that they don't
> travel well. After a few trips would they get accustomed to it? The
> trip would be around two hours. When taking them to the vets they
> usually whine throughout the five minute journey, would they do that
> for two hours every time we travelled? If so are there alternatives?
>
> cheers
> Darren
>
>

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April 9th 06, 07:10 PM
HI, we had a cat a few years ago that would travel with us to the beach
house every time we went, he was fine there, but he did wine on the
trip, but not the whole trip!
I think that it will depend a lot on your kitty, but it is worth a try.
Good luck!

Matthew AKA NMR
April 9th 06, 07:24 PM
Cats a resilient at adapting to situations but in their own time. Yes they
are going to take a while to get used to the idea of travel and the new
environment. YOU have to figure out what it takes to make the traveling
more habitable for them you know your cats best. IT is going to take some
time and spoiling them more than usual. All are cats are used to travel
they are a little fussy at first but than they want to be spoiled as usual.
We don't do much traveling with them any more they are getting up in age and
to many risk traveling anymore.

> wrote in message
ups.com...
> Me and my partner both work from home and are considering buying a
> second home (actually a flat) which we intend to travel between on a
> weekly basis - one week in one place another in the other. All we need
> to work is an internet connection so it would be quite feasible.
> However, we have two cats. So we want to know if they could get used to
> travelling. I've searched using google and found many people saying
> that they have had no problem travelling between homes with cats. No
> one has said whether it is something cats can get used to, though. From
> experience of taking our cats to the vets we know that they don't
> travel well. After a few trips would they get accustomed to it? The
> trip would be around two hours. When taking them to the vets they
> usually whine throughout the five minute journey, would they do that
> for two hours every time we travelled? If so are there alternatives?
>
> cheers
> Darren
>

blkcatgal
April 9th 06, 07:27 PM
I have friends that take their 2 cats regularly to visit family members,
about a 4 hour drive. The 2 cats do great on the drive and at the other
house. My friends' only complaint is that it never fails, 10 minutes into
the trip, one of the cat has to use the litter box and usually drops a
stinkbomb!

Sue
> wrote in message
ups.com...
> Me and my partner both work from home and are considering buying a
> second home (actually a flat) which we intend to travel between on a
> weekly basis - one week in one place another in the other. All we need
> to work is an internet connection so it would be quite feasible.
> However, we have two cats. So we want to know if they could get used to
> travelling. I've searched using google and found many people saying
> that they have had no problem travelling between homes with cats. No
> one has said whether it is something cats can get used to, though. From
> experience of taking our cats to the vets we know that they don't
> travel well. After a few trips would they get accustomed to it? The
> trip would be around two hours. When taking them to the vets they
> usually whine throughout the five minute journey, would they do that
> for two hours every time we travelled? If so are there alternatives?
>
> cheers
> Darren
>

Barb
April 10th 06, 02:08 AM
I saw a tv program about a couple who went to their second home on week-ends
with a toddler and a black cat. They packed up their stuff, put the cat
into his travel case and off they went.

Cats aren't stupid. When they realize that every car trip doesn't end at
the vet they adjust very well to the second home and the travel.

--
Barb
Of course I don't look busy,
I did it right the first time.

cybercat
April 11th 06, 04:30 PM
> wrote in message
ups.com...
> Thanks for all the comments. The consensus seems to be that the cats
> will become accustomed to travelling to some extent. We have two. I
> wonder if investing in a large carrier that fits both in would be
> worthwhile.
>
> I don't think leaving them at home to be fed and looked in on would be
> satisfactory really. And the only other option seems to be to ditch the
> whole idea.

I have wanted to say, since I first read your post, that it sounds like
a really unpleasant way to live, to me. I would not put myself through
it, let alone my cats! But, that said, we are all entitled to our tastes.
(I might feel differently if the two places are equally wonderful, or
there was some other great incentive for me to be in both, rather
than in one more than the other. But then, I am in my nesting phase.
I do like to travel, but every single week???)

April 11th 06, 11:34 PM
Whether you think it's an unpleasant way to live is not the issue.
People travel two hours every day to and from work. In fact I used to!
So I don't see a problem travelling two hours once a week. We have
other reasons though. We are currently trying to sell our house in a
very slow market so we've decided to get a flat somewhere we like for
this summer and when we finally sell our house we intend to look for a
new one while living in the flat thereby avoiding the chain. We
previously lost a house because buyers pulled out. Until we do sell
this house we'll travel between them because we have reasons to be in
this area some of the time. But that wasn't what my original post was
about, or I wouldn't have posted it in this ng.

Darren

cybercat
April 11th 06, 11:48 PM
> wrote in message
oups.com...
> Whether you think it's an unpleasant way to live is not the issue.
> People travel two hours every day to and from work. In fact I used to!
> So I don't see a problem travelling two hours once a week. We have
> other reasons though. We are currently trying to sell our house in a
> very slow market so we've decided to get a flat somewhere we like for
> this summer and when we finally sell our house we intend to look for a
> new one while living in the flat thereby avoiding the chain. We
> previously lost a house because buyers pulled out. Until we do sell
> this house we'll travel between them because we have reasons to be in
> this area some of the time. But that wasn't what my original post was
> about, or I wouldn't have posted it in this ng.
>

Touchy, touchy!

Anna via CatKB.com
April 12th 06, 12:05 AM
>wonder if investing in a large carrier that fits both in would be
>worthwhile.

I would put them in separate carriers if I were you; even though they get
along, sometimes if a cat is nervous and is in a cage with another cat, one
or both may get a bit aggressive and take it out on the other. I used to
work in a shelter and sometimes two cats that came in together would be put
together in one cage (large) and not get along anymore. You should find a
couple of crates large enough to put their litter box in with them. I don't
think there's anything wrong at all with travelling with them, they'll get
used to it once they've done it a few times. I know someone who used to take
his cats to his cottage about an hour and a half away each weekend in the
summer, they were fine once they realized they weren't going to the vet!

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Matthew AKA NMR
April 12th 06, 12:29 AM
you causing problems again girl :-)
"cybercat" > wrote in message
...
>
> > wrote in message
> oups.com...
>> Whether you think it's an unpleasant way to live is not the issue.
>> People travel two hours every day to and from work. In fact I used to!
>> So I don't see a problem travelling two hours once a week. We have
>> other reasons though. We are currently trying to sell our house in a
>> very slow market so we've decided to get a flat somewhere we like for
>> this summer and when we finally sell our house we intend to look for a
>> new one while living in the flat thereby avoiding the chain. We
>> previously lost a house because buyers pulled out. Until we do sell
>> this house we'll travel between them because we have reasons to be in
>> this area some of the time. But that wasn't what my original post was
>> about, or I wouldn't have posted it in this ng.
>>
>
> Touchy, touchy!
>
>

cybercat
April 12th 06, 12:36 AM
"Matthew AKA NMR" > wrote in message
om...
> you causing problems again girl :-)

I guess. I wasn't going to reply until the OP mentioned that not doing the
stupid thing was an option.

How would you like to move every single week and drag your cats with you?

Matthew AKA NMR
April 12th 06, 12:50 AM
I hate to say it but I have done it before. I had stores in Kentucky and in
Florida quite awhile ago so travel and living between both was very common.
I had to take the furballs with me if no one was around to help out. A lot
of turmoil many years ago before I decide to sell the stores in KY and stay
solo in Florida. ( had to family can drive you nuts ) My cats than and some
now are used to travel. I have them used to being moved around; they still
are not happy about it what cat is.
But now would I do it in my old age nope. I won't travel with the
furballs anymore a couple are just getting to old Rumble being elliptic,
limo is a cantankerous old Nelly and spirit acts just like a Boston terrier
way to much energy. I would be afraid one of them would get hurt

But on a different note Me and the DW have been talking about taking a year
to travel the USA and see everything. May be getting a new custom RV and
travel do the old fart thing. I would have to have it designed with
furballs in mind if we do it. With the kids taking over the business and
more time on our hands we would love to get out and see more. Would love to
go over seas but ain't no way I would risk some areas and taking the
furballs across the ocean again.

"cybercat" > wrote in message
...
>
> "Matthew AKA NMR" > wrote in message
> om...
>> you causing problems again girl :-)
>
> I guess. I wasn't going to reply until the OP mentioned that not doing the
> stupid thing was an option.
>
> How would you like to move every single week and drag your cats with you?
>
>