Moving an extremely difficult cat 2800 miles?
January 30, 2012 6:29 AM Subscribe
Planning: in 8 or 9 months I will need to move from Baltimore, MD to Berkeley, CA. The biggest challenge is my cat, who is a homicidal jungle cat. I need some help strategizing.
posted by kalessin to pets & animals (14 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Fez is crazy. She can be affectionate but she is very mercenary and I will admit that despite my well-founded fear of getting flayed by her in very stressful circumstances, she's softening up as she ages.
Earlier in our relationship, Fez absolutely tore up my partner after my partner extricated her from a window screen.
For my part, I had a misunderstanding with Fez 6 or 7 years ago which ended up in me having a deep puncture bite in the fleshy part of my hand between forefinger and thumb as well as a prolifically bleeding nose wound that healed up without a scar (sharp claws!).
Fez does not like Change. She yowls, she carries on, she works herself up into either throwing up or hiding for days or weeks (when we catch her, we give her a dunk in a sink bath to make sure she gets some liquids by drying herself off). She is an emo cat. We rarely take her to the vet because it's always seriously traumatic for us (handling injuries, the need to wear ear protection for yowling)and for her (4 days or more of hiding in some crawlspace under a bathroom cabinet - each time a new one), and it almost always ends up with us being charges a difficulty fee. The last time was due to requiring 3 vet techs to hold her down, a 4th to spoon feed her val baby food and the vet to do a blood draw - and she jerked and opened up the vein anyway.
So in 8 or 9 months I will need to get her from Baltimore to Berkeley. And I have no idea how to do this. Are there services that can help me figure this conundrum out with the least amount of bloodshed? I am absolutely fine with starting to plan this now. If there's a reasonable chance that it'll go well I'm fine with flying with her in a carrier in my lap, but if it's possible to also get her sedated or something that would also be cool.
I just anticipate so much trouble that I'm also seriously considering finding her a home here in Baltimore.
Anyone with any experiences like this? I'd love to hear about them.