It will be an 8 hour drive and my cat will be coming with me. Would she be really dehydrated/sick if she doesn't eat or drink for 8 hours?
I'm sure its going to be very humid once I get south.
Check out more information about the the dangers of sedating pets during air travel and the best alternatives: Also, some of our clients have explored various natural products that can have calming effects (think herbal remedies) -- this is worth asking your vet about or checking your local pet store.
If you have not used a local cattery before, or if you are moving some distance and want to board your cat near to your new home, check the cattery first to make sure that your cat will be safe and comfortable there. A list of approved catteries nationally, can be found on the Feline Advisory Bureau (FAB).
Unless your cat is familiar with dogs, it is generally better to select an establishment that boards cats only, as the noise of dogs barking can be quite stressful.
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Should I keep the AC on in the car to keep the cat from overheating?
What is your thoughts and opinions on giving the cat mild sedation from the vet?
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Owners sometimes wrongly assume that their pet's travel will be less stressful if they are sedated.
In fact, most airlines will not fly a sedated pet, as over-sedation can be a cause of animal death during air transport.
Also, there may be a pet sitter in your area who would tend your pets in your own home.