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My kitty and I just got back from our roadtrip for the Thanksgiving holiday and we both survived. I thought it would be a complete disaster but it wasn't. I took him to my mother's home in Northern New Jersey from sunny Florida - 18 hour trip. I drove for nine hours and did a stopover and then another nine hours (then repeated for the return trip).

He cried when I first got him in the car and then each time I had to stop to refuel but other than that he was quiet most of the time. He hardly made a sound on the return trip because I think at that point he was used to the road. I noticed he started crying at one point and when I stopped I found his play balls somehow managed to get underneath his cat condo and it were acting as wheels and rolling him all around the place. Once I removed them and stabilized his resting place he was good to go again. Anyway, we got home in one piece and everything went well.

Here's the real kicker, since he's been back all he does is cry all day. I think he misses the family and all the commotion. I think he wants to hit the road again. :LOL: Oh well, he'll be happy to know we'll have to hit the rode once more to Jersey in 3 weeks for Christmas time - ugh! :Dizzy:

Things I've learned from the roadtrip:
1) Get a portable litter box kit.
2) Motel 6 rocks! This place is like the only place on the road that accepts pets for FREE. And it's not the dump I imagined it to be. They have movie channels, microwave/fridge, and clean room for $30 bucks. My kitty loved this place, lol.
3) Get one of those collapsible doggie crates from Wal-Mart. They're the best and my kitty just played and slept in it for most of the trip. If I'd put him in his small carrier he would have cried the whole time and tried to escape because it feels like a cage.
4) Don't let the kitty out at any point during the ride. I thought I'd let him out at a gas station but that only made him more mad when I had to put him right back in the car again. Leave them in there until you arrive at your destination.
5) My kitty is brave and can adapt to change very well. I'm proud of him. :BigSmile:
 

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Ahhh so glad to hear it went well. My Willow had been all over the states by plane and car. She was the best traveler. It is so fun to be able to take them. My new two aren't as savvy but we will see.
 
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This is precisely how well Buck and Buffy did on their trip back from Kentucky after I adopted them.

We frequently stay at Motel 6's for the inexpensive rooms and the fact that we can pack 3 pitbulls in without much commotion---or questions about breed. Just let them know you've got them and they're happy to let you stay.

The only things I have to add (in red, in the quote box):

Things I've learned from the roadtrip:
1) Get a portable litter box kit.
2) Motel 6 rocks! This place is like the only place on the road that accepts pets for FREE. And it's not the dump I imagined it to be. They have movie channels, microwave/fridge, and clean room for $30 bucks. My kitty loved this place, lol.
3) Get one of those collapsible doggie crates from Wal-Mart. They're the best and my kitty just played and slept in it for most of the trip. If I'd put him in his small carrier he would have cried the whole time and tried to escape because it feels like a cage.
4) Don't let the kitty out at any point during the ride. I thought I'd let him out at a gas station but that only made him more mad when I had to put him right back in the car again. Leave them in there until you arrive at your destination. Roadside stops are the most frequent places of pet-loss on trips. Where you can, leave the pet secure. If you must let them out, do so with all doors shut without any chance of kids or adults opening them from outside. Freedom is but an accident away for our friends.
5) My kitty is brave and can adapt to change very well. I'm proud of him. :BigSmile:
Also, bring paper towels!

Here are Buck and Buffy in the crate we brought, after about an hour on the road:
 

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Thats great news that it all went well as I know you were worried about the trip! I'm so pleased for you both. I'm sure you''ll have lots more great journeys together.
 
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Sounds like you had A great trip!:ThumbsUp: Where in NJ does your mom live?
i was about to ask the same thing!
My family lives in Union County. I use to work in Somerset county and just moved down here from Hudson County. I can't believe I actually miss New Jersey but Florida just doesn't cut it for me. Next year, I'm moving back up North.
 
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My family lives in Union County. I use to work in Somerset county and just moved down here from Hudson County. I can't believe I actually miss New Jersey but Florida just doesn't cut it for me. Next year, I'm moving back up North.
i grew up in somerset county. my parents still live there. i grew up in hillsborough. i am not too far from them now, i am in flemington in hunterdon county. small world!!!

Florida is WAY too crowded. i dont think i could ever live there. it is just so flat with no hills.. i like it out here in NJ in the country!!
 

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Glad to hear the trip went well! Also thanks for the tips!
 

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It's good to hear your trip went well. I hope you both have another safe trip when you have to travel for Christmas!
 
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This is precisely how well Buck and Buffy did on their trip back from Kentucky after I adopted them.

We frequently stay at Motel 6's for the inexpensive rooms and the fact that we can pack 3 pitbulls in without much commotion---or questions about breed. Just let them know you've got them and they're happy to let you stay.

The only things I have to add (in red, in the quote box):

Also, bring paper towels!

Here are Buck and Buffy in the crate we brought, after about an hour on the road:
Yes, I had paper towels with me. I let him out of the doggie crate but I never really took him out of the car so there wasn't any risk of him running away from me. I just found it better to not remove him at all since he cried as soon as I had to put him back again.
 
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i grew up in somerset county. my parents still live there. i grew up in hillsborough. i am not too far from them now, i am in flemington in hunterdon county. small world!!!

Florida is WAY too crowded. i dont think i could ever live there. it is just so flat with no hills.. i like it out here in NJ in the country!!
Florida WAY too crowded??? New Jersey is the most densely populated State in the US. It's too quiet down here, not enough people around to stimulate me. I know something is wrong when I crave to be stuck in a New Jersey mall on a Saturday afternoon.
Short Hills Mall, or worst, Woodbridge Mall, anyone? :LOL: :LOL:
 
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