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On the Road with Mocha

I'm at Marty's place in Greensboro. I took Mocha to the vet yesterday morning so she could get a new Phentanyl patch and a shot of Valium for the road. If the Valium had any effect, I'd hate to see how miserable and crazed she would have been without it. She howled and attached her new soft-sided carrier (a gift from someone who works at the Vet's office in Elkton) non-stop for the first three hours of the trip. Given her level of agitation, I didn't want to give her free range of the truck cab for fear that she would cause an accident, so I kept here in carrier as until I was past Baltimore, DC, and Richmond.

When I was clear of the big cities, I stopped and fueled up the truck and ate lunch in the truck while parked in a McDonald's parking lot. Once the lunch leavings were in the trash, the truck and I were both fueled, and I was back on the highway with 5 hours left to go, I let Mocha out of the carrier. She clambered around the cab for a bit. Looked out the window, cried some, and then settled in on my lap. Every once in a while she would get up and look out the window, but for the most part she rested peacefully on my lap once I let here out of the carrier. If I'd known that's how it would go, I would have let her out a lot earlier. Dealing with DC traffic would have been less stressful without her howling and struggling to get out of her cage.

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cathouse_mary
Jan. 26th, 2011 03:41 pm (UTC)
Hi, Mocha!

Lucky - my own black cat - sends much sympathy to Mocha. He hates cars and the carrier, too.
disgruntledgrrl
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:20 pm (UTC)
Good Luck Kris and Mocha!
Really hope everything works out well.
kmo
Jan. 26th, 2011 05:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Good Luck Kris and Mocha!
Kris?
disgruntledgrrl
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:32 pm (UTC)
Sorry thought you were KRIS
Not sure where I got that because your Paypal does not say that name.
Hmm. Curious!
venusflytrap
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:18 pm (UTC)
Motion sickness...sounds, lights..they get disoriented. I drove with three cats from Los Angeles to San Francisco. It took them longer to recover from the 7 hour drive than it took them to snap out of jet lag from a 30 hour India to L.A flight. you want to keep her in the carrier, cover it with a sheet or quilt. They calm down in the darkness. Make sure she has water.
venusflytrap
Jan. 26th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)
Gah..i meant to say..IF you want to keep her in the carrier, cover it with..etc etc
aviv_b
Jan. 26th, 2011 09:27 pm (UTC)
Good luck - let us know how things go!
tripleransom
Jan. 27th, 2011 12:51 am (UTC)
You're lucky you got out when you did.
Not sure exactly where in MD you live, but I'm 15 miles due South of Frederick and we have about 8" of snow on the ground. It's been snowing all day and it's a real mess around here--roads closed, traffic snarled, etc. The usual.
albalark
Jan. 27th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)
Oh, good luck! I hope everything goes well for Mocha at the new vet!
neralauren
Jan. 27th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Mocha in the car
Hi KMO, Most cats don't like being in a carrier, let alone for a long trip. My Chloe never fails to emit smelly discharges from both ends just on the short trip to the vet once a year. Mocha looks so comfortable with you. Sure hope everything goes well for her...such a sweet kitty cat. Prrrr......
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