About 5 years ago I had moved down to Florida from New York. We planned to drive down to Florida while the moving company drove down too with all of our stuff, so we both would make it to Florida around the same time, instead of us taking a plane and waiting longer than we would have to for our furniture to arrive. Along with my family and I we traveled with our pets, which was our 4 cats. Yes I said 4 cats!
My husband rented a large SUV that would fit all five of us and our 4 cats who would company in 2 cages, we separated the males and females. As well as our carry on luggage like a change of clothes for us all, a few snacks, food and litter for the cats and any valuables we didn’t want going on the moving truck. You’d think it would be hard traveling with pets but if you plan ahead and know what to do, its pretty simple.
We traveled for a large amount of time before without pets so we just did what we would normally do. Normally we would stop every 3 hours for bathroom breaks, and eating. When we stopped we stopped for the cats to use the bathroom as well. We didn’t put a litter box in the cages with the cats because that would get messy while we were driving. So what I thought to do was buy those disposable turkey baking pans you can get at the dollar store. We put down some newspaper in the turkey pan and filled it a little with cat litter. Then we let 1 cat out at a time to use the bathroom. After they were all done we threw out the pan before we left for the road again. Then in another 3 or so hours we would do the same thing. The cages we used were two medium sized cages that you would use if you had a rabbit. They were able to fit two adult cats in 1 cage perfectly with extra room. But if you have a very large cat just put them in their own cage.
You must be thinking about hotels, well of course we looked at those ahead of time. While we looked at directions we looked up the hotels in the areas that we would be driving past and if they accepted pets. Some accepted pets and some didn’t, some asked for a deposit for the pets so if they destroyed anything in the room the deposit would pay for it. Usually if they didn’t destroy anything we could get our deposit back the next day when we left.
There were some issues we ran into. One of our male cats wasn’t fixed at the time and had sprayed and peed on one of the small blankets we put down in their cage. So we had to change that one out. Also one of our new female cats at the time got car sick and would drool excessively and threw up. We just cleaned it up. There wasn’t much we could do about her getting car sick, besides comfort her and give her water and clean up where she puked.
If you travel with dogs, and they are already car experienced you won’t have to get cages. Stop occasionally to let them stretch and walk around and use the bathroom as well. and if they get car sick just be prepared to stop and clean it up. Traveling with pets isn’t hard you just need to know what to do and expect the unexpected.