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Old 03-01-06, 03:00 PM   #1
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Cats

How do you all handle vet trips for your cat? Or just taking them on trips? I've got a vet appointment for my cat in a few days and want to take him there without taking the car. Its about 3 miles from my house.

I figure I've got three options:
-walk w/carrier
-bungee carrier on rack of bike
-bungee carrier on trailer of bike

Any other suggestions? I do want to make it as un-stressful as possible for him.
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I say think of the cat in this instance.
My cats get really freaked out by motor travel.
I would walk with the carrier.
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Oh yea, I could also walk over & get the bus...that might be the best option
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^^^ And obviously avoid walking by the dog park
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Bus. If you have a relaxed cat you could probably bungee the carrier to your trailer and just throw a towel over it so the cat doesnt really see what youre doing to it My cat is so afraid of cars that it could not really get any more scared, so putting it on a trailer would be okay. It lives with my mom though so I dont really have to deal with the situation.
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I do not take any of my bikes with me when I take one of the cats to the vet. Instead, I choose to use a luggage cart with an bungee cord and attach the plastic carrier to the cart. The cat rides smoothly along without jarring motions from walking. This is even more important if he/she is ill, very frightened, or has been injured in any way. The foldable luggage cart also takes the weight off my arms as I walk or take public transportation (city bus in my case). I am too afraid to use the bikes even with a trailer since I myself might possibly get into an accident and cause further injury to the cat or even possible loss of my cat due to the carrier opening up.

Please let us know what happens with whatever you choose.

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You could always pay a cab to make travel easier for the little kitty. The best option if you're car free and if you're cat is a bit too skittish.
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Oh yea, I could also walk over & get the bus...that might be the best option
Yeah, I think UR correct. I have 2 of them myself. Luckily, my vet is only about a mile down the road, so I just hop on the bus.
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Carrier in the Yak.
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I think you can carry the cats by any of the methods you mentioned, whichever is easiest or most practical. The trick is in how you introduce the cat to travel.

I have always gotten my cats used to the carrier box and travel gradually, and when they are healthy. If you first leave the box open on the floor, naturally curious cats will explore it. They will soon realize that it's a nice cave-like place to sleep. Once they're comfortable there, take them out to the bike in the box, but don't go anywhere. Let them get used to that by just lying there in the box. Then start them on very short trips on the bike, just rolling it outside for a while, then gradually increasing the length.

All cats will get used to it, and many will actually come to enjoy it. This way, you don't just spring it on them when they're sick.
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Teach it to ride in a messenger bag
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You could always pay a cab to make travel easier for the little kitty. The best option if you're car free and if you're cat is a bit too skittish.
Called....about $15 for a taxi! OUCH! I just may try it out on the way back though...

Think I'll take the bus over there, coming back should be fun, they only run once an hr on Saturdays....but I'll follow up w/an update...
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I have a huge back pack. I would wear it backwards and pop the puppy in there and walk to the vet. He loved it because we could go at my pace and he loved the ride. Of course I doubt that a cat would have a similar attitude about it.
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Well, for an update:
I crapped out, took the car...it was pretty cold (30 deg. F) plus we had 15-20 mph winds, so I knew it wouldn't be comfortable for him. When/if I'm carfree totally I'll call the taxi.

Also driving down a 25mph road (going 25 of course) I got honked at and flipped off by everyone behind me (apparently I was going too slow for them!!) Oy !!!
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I crapped out, took the car...it was pretty cold (30 deg. F) plus we had 15-20 mph winds, so I knew it wouldn't be comfortable for him. When/if I'm carfree totally I'll call the taxi.
Good for you and even better for the cat. You gave the comfort of the cat the priority that others seem to have ignored in their answers.

Take a cat on a bus as suggested by others? Geez - even if the cat doesn't make everyone as miserable as itself with constant yowling it is likely to cause problems with the numerous strangers who are allergic to cat dander. And an uncomfortable cat will raise plenty.
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Good for you and even better for the cat. You gave the comfort of the cat the priority that others seem to have ignored in their answers.

Take a cat on a bus as suggested by others? Geez - even if the cat doesn't make everyone as miserable as itself with constant yowling it is likely to cause problems with the numerous strangers who are allergic to cat dander. And an uncomfortable cat will raise plenty
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Yep, somebody suffers every time you ride a bike. And every time you start your car, an angel gets his wings.

Seriously, where do you get the jack donkey idea that a cat would not like to ride a bike? My 3 cats love to ride a bike!

They would probably like the bus, too, but it's against the rules to take them on the bus. I guess a lot of sour old men complained about all the cats riding on busses. It really got their dander up!
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Yep, somebody suffers every time you ride a bike. And every time you start your car, an angel gets his wings.

Seriously, where do you get the jack donkey idea that a cat would not like to ride a bike? My 3 cats love to ride a bike!(
Learn to read. My comment was about busses. As far as your 3 cats; post a picture of them with their Cheshire Grins; perhaps yourself too with your Hat as they tell you how much they enjoy bike trips. Don't bother with the picture of the Queen. And if you don't know about the common allergic reaction to cat dander, or the typical reaction of cats in motor vehicles and unusual movement on uncommon (to a cat) vehicles, well you never claimed you were too worldly.
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My long associations with the cat world has taught me that all cats are individuals and have their own unique personalities. Most of my present members of my cat colony would not perfer to go anywhere and by any means be it car, bike, walking, carrier, or any other means of transport outside of their territory. There are a few exceptions. I did had cats in the past that just loved to travel by any means with us. I do have one cat at present who also loves to go anywhere with her people (including the vet's). As for dander, I noticed that there are far more complaints about the smell of their fellow human passengers than about yowling, dander spreading cats. Besides the cat should be contained within the carrier (I hope)-so no dander. If there is a problem about the yowling, the sounds of screaming babies should drown out the cat's noise. And a good cat owner would sit somewhere else if someone close by is allergic to cat hair if the carrier does not contain it.

I get more problems with transporting my bikes than cats.
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