Hey there! I wanted to re-address something concerning cats and moving I had written about in my post RVing and cats. I have also already posted about how we moved from Tennessee to California with our 2 dogs and 3 cats in THIS post. But I wanted to show you all our setup. Since Michael was home I used his skills to redo what I had first attempted to do myself when I moved from Monterey to Isleton. Although the concept I had was good the follow through of the idea didn’t work out as well as I had hoped.
As you can see in the photo there is a second level inside. Well when you put a 16lb cat on that it completely sinks down almost to the floor of the space underneath. lmao So I cut out the ply-board to fit all the way across the carrier and put a hole in the side that was adjacent to the litter box so the cats could go up and down to the different levels. I attached it to the loops by drilling holes in the board in the right spots and getting hooks I put through the holes and hooked into the fabric loops. Still with me? Problem still was Mitten was too heavy and broke several of the loops on our way to Isleton. We managed since it was a short trip. I knew we needed something sturdier when we got ready to make our trip back across the U.S. So we got a thicker square piece of wood for the inside second level and a thinner piece of flat wood for putting underneath to make the flooring level. We also got a long piece of wood for the 4 legs for inside the carrier and 2 legs for underneath the flat piece we put underneath the whole thing.
To catch you up to speed here are some photos I took to help explain better what we did.
We basically made a table as the second level putting a soft pad on the top of it. Then doing half a table with only two legs for leveling out the base of the carrier. We used a couple pieces of firewood to lift up the back area to make it even with the front section. I placed the litter box underneath the second level so the cats had plenty of room to sit and lay down and still were able to use the litter box. This of course idea won’t work unless your cats get along really REALLY well! Which all of ours do! They actually wound up snuggling together most of the time in a pile instead of finding their own spaces. lol
We also used THIS product which we stopped and picked up on the way at a Petsmart, mainly because Ygritte was doing nothing but meowing and wouldn’t calm down. It worked really well and I recommend trying it. Although I will warn you make sure you give it to your cat BEFORE you get into traveling mode. It is very smelly and kinda gets on everything so be prepared for that. We tried the calming spray and several other products which we returned and I finally decided to try this. It works really!
I know this was a short post but I wanted to share with you the way we travel and hopefully it will give you some ideas.