12-hour drive home for the holidays coming up - help me let my cat pee during the trip without it being in his carrier... again.
I'm about to make the annual trek home for Christmas, taking my cat, Gatsby
along. He's made this trip twice (so four day-long trips) - the first time he was so flipped about the traveling that, as predicted, he didn't have any issues with needing to pee, etc. The second time, however, he seemed to have become accustomed (irritably so, but accustomed nonetheless) to traveling enough that he did, in fact, need his litter box. I misinterpreted his yowls to be him just getting temporarily extra-cranky until I heard him scraping his blanket back and I realized what had happened.
No big deal - the last two times we did this I traveled with his litter box in the car and a small amount of litter and would stop occasionally to let him roam while I took a break from driving. He never actually used it, though... so the accident vs. denial of actual facilities sort of confused me, but since the whole situation coincided with my own break, I didn't mind.
This time, I'm making the trip with a friend. This means Gatz will be in the backseat (harder to pick up on his cues), we'll be trading driving (fewer, shorter breaks), and the friend will be irritated as hell if I tell him we're stopping to see if the cat might pee (this will also be fodder for mocking over beers for years to come). That's all fine if the cat actually will pee, but I'm not sure - that said, nor do I want to make him uncomfortable/ruin another blanket and have me racing into a gas station bathroom to clean a cat carrier out again.
Anyway, this is all to ask - what does one do on a long car trip with a cat who may or may not need the facilities? Each cat I've had in my life, and all of the cats of my friends, don't seem to be this chill about cars.... so, points for Gatsby, but... what do I do for the comfort of all involved?