DEAR DR. FOX: I read the letter from the woman from Falls Church, Virginia, who is concerned about giving meds to her 9-year-old female cat for travel distress. I wanted to share my personal information with you, as it may help her.
Our female indoor cat is 17 1/2 years old, and doing very well. Because we’re retired, my husband and I have started to travel weekly between our home and a lake cabin two hours away. In the beginning, it was an awful trip whenever we took our cat! She yowled the entire time, and it was distressing for all of us. We didn’t like leaving her on her own for a weekend, and knew if we wanted to spend more time at the cabin, she’d have to go with us.
We tried using a regular cat carrier, then we tried a large one. Neither worked, and I was sure allowing her to be loose in the car wasn’t a safe plan for any of us, either.
One night, I decided to watch a few cat videos and came across an ad from a woman who makes fabric cat carriers. All of the reviews were very positive and I decided to order one, hoping it wasn’t a waste of money. The carrier came, we used it for the first time, and voila! It was a pleasant drive for all of us. Miss Kitty meowed once or twice but then settled down. Since then, we’ve traveled to the lake many times and have even started to bring her with us to Madison, Wisconsin (an eight-hour trip) for extended stays.
Once you check out the website (cat-in-the-bag.com), I think you’ll see why I recommend it. -- R.W., Fargo, North Dakota
DEAR R.W., Many cat owners will appreciate your affirmation of these soft, collapsible bags, which many (but not all) cats will accept as superior alternatives to carriers and crates.
I spoke with the company owner and was assured that they have a 30-day return and refund policy if the purchaser’s cat does not accept being in the carrier. They are not manufactured in America, but are made in India, such outsourcing being due to a lack of willing, able and cost-effective manufacturers in the U.S.
Getting one’s cat to the vet can be a problem, and for many cats, this soft bag carrier may be the answer.
POEM: A NEW YEAR’S WISH FOR 2018
The Circle has been broken:
The Sacred Hoop,
Earth’s cycles, life cycles.
We are too many
To live with appetites of wolves
Who save the forest for the deer.
Stones will sing again
For a humanity redeemed
With hallowing covenants,
Courage, justice and conviction
To restore the Medicine Wheel
And stop all cruelty and desecration.
-- Michael W. Fox, dedicated to the First People, native American Indians and all our relations
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