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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 05:52 PM
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I have a question about cats. If I were driving a car with a cat in it and the windows...
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 05:53 PM by JVS
were down, would the cat try something dumb and get itself outside of the car?

Alternatively, can a cat ride in a hot car as well as I could?
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:16 PM
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1. Come on people, help out! I know nothing of cats except they were forbidden in my house due to...
allergies
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hedgehog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:19 PM
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2. How about putting the cat in a carrier? That way you can have the windows down, no worries.
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:20 PM
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3. you need a travel cage, cat carrier...
something like this:
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:01 AM
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16. But not THAT one.
Satchmo escaped from one exactly like that twice on our way up from FL. :scared: Had to switch him to the hard one Sashka was using. Fortunately, Sashka had no interest in escaping and left the zippers alone. (I want to tell ya -- that was one strange feeling, kitty on my shoulder late at night in the middle of nowhere when I KNEW all of them were safely tucked into their carriers! :rofl:)

:hi: :hug:


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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:43 AM
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19. meh...I just popped in the first pic that came up...Lazy that way
:hug: :hi:
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Arkansas Granny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:31 AM
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22. An experience like that might have made me jump out of the open window.
It makes me think of the time that my oldest (then a teenager) had a really frightening dream and came to crawl in bed with me in the middle of the night without waking me. When I woke up, all I could tell was that there was a body pressed up against my back, it was as big as I was and it hadn't been there when I went to bed the night before. I was almost afraid to turn over and look to see who was there.
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AirmensMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Dec-10-08 07:42 AM
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24. It darn near did.
He got on my shoulder and then crawled into my lap. I thought that would be OK, but then he decided he wanted to be near my feet. NOT OK. So I called harleydad and we both pulled over so I could put the kitty back in his carrier.

A few minutes after we started again, I heard something that sounded like ripping. It was the zipper to the carrier opening again. Only this time he didn't come to see me. We pulled over again and I accidentally hit the button to open the door instead of the light button! :scared: And it opened up on the street side. OMG, I was SURE he had darted into the road. It was pitch dark out, so we couldn't see anything. I looked all over the car for him and couldn't find him. Then I saw something brown in the litter box (it's a covered on) that didn't look like a turd. Sure enough, it was my Satchmo. Talk about relief! That's when we decided to switch the carriers.

I think I would have had heart failure if someone crawled into bed with me unexpectedly! Bet you were relieved when you did roll over to see who it was. ;)


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GreenPartyVoter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 06:35 PM
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4. Few cats are happy in a car, and yes it might well take off mid-ride. Get
a nice carrier as suggested and if kitteh hates the ride you'll know it without a doubt.
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KG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 07:18 PM
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5. all you need is a cat carrier
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:01 PM
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9. Don't try this at home.
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krispos42 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 03:37 AM
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17. OMG!
:spray:

:rofl:
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:59 PM
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23. you can't be serious!

:wow:


note to JVS - cats in the car with no carrier -equals big, big problem. Every cat I owned hated cars and would freak out had they not been in carriers. (well, they kind of freaked out, anyway, but)
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:52 PM
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6. I know of one cat that did jump from a moving vehicle
And she was never heard from again.
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Generic Brad Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:52 PM
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7. I know of one cat that did jump from a moving vehicle
And she was never heard from again.
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LisaL Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:01 PM
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8. Are you serious?
Put the damn cat into the cat carrier if you are going to drive with a cat in a car. Cat is not a dog.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:08 PM
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10. More likely the cat will try to lodge itself under the brake pedal,...
...taking you with it in a hellish inferno of screaming, twisted metal.

Yeah, I'd get a carrier.
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Orrex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:09 PM
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11. Cats are a lot quicker than you might think
Therefore, you should tie them to the rear bumper.
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JVS Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 02:57 AM
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15. Nice post, Clark Griswold.
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Radical Activist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:11 PM
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12. It may jump out. It may also
Edited on Mon Dec-08-08 11:12 PM by Radical Activist
run under the break pedal to hide. I had that happen once. Cat carriers are made for a good reason.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 11:12 PM
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13. my cats would be freaking out.
They would need to be in a carrier. And, no, they could not handle a hot car very well.
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nadine_mn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 12:16 AM
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14. I have traveled many many many hours in the car with my cat and
3 dogs. Noooooo open window, not even a little bit.

We tried the cat carrier for a few times, but hours of meowing about killed me, so he sits on my lap while hubby drives
He also snuggles in with the dogs in the back of the SUV.


Never, ever put kitty on a leash and take him for a drag at a rest stop.

First time we traveled with kitty, and we never had a cat before, we figure we would take him for a 'walk' at the rest stop like the dogs. Bad idea... he got out of his collar and fled. He was a stray when we got him (he showed up one night crying in a storm, and he has been ours ever since) so we had no idea if he was gone, gone.

So its dark and its a wooded rest stop and we have no idea what to do... how long do we stay, we can't leave him. Finally we start the game of me saying his name...and he replying with a meow until we found him.
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SoCalDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 04:17 AM
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18. Most cats do not "enjoy" car trips like dogs do.. NEVER NEVER
NEVER have windows down with loose pets in the car :grr:

Car carriers are your friend.. :).and NEVER NEVER NEVER leave ANY animal or human in a parked car..even if you "think it's not so hot"..

Your pets are better off at home (unless you are taking the in the car to go to the vets..or are moving)...

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snooper2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 09:44 AM
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20. Cats have very poor depth perception
Keep windows up enough :)
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Deep13 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-09-08 10:01 AM
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21. If kittie is loose, you won't survive the trip anyway. nt
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