|Haitian motorbike load on a good Haitian dirt road.|
|Before the big transition!|
The only other time Kodie had ever traveled in the truck was long ago, while he was still a kitten, when he traveled to Cap Haitien to be spayed...not necessarily a positive association if he could remember. When we finally put him in the carrier and put him in the truck, he was very calm, until we started moving.
|Travel in Haiti requires lots of this....|
We followed the article's advice and covered the carrier with a blanket. I put my hand in the carrier in order to pet him and hopefully calm him down. this was about where his medication kicked in, since he became drowsy.
The cat did very well through all this, occasionally waking up and looking around. He was calm enough I could open the top of the carrier and let him stick his head out occasionally.
We continued on, and as we came out of the mountains we were at four hours. One of the articles we had read said that you should let the cat out every two hours in order to drink and use the kitty litter. It had been four hours, and the cat had spent most of it alternating between panting and hyperventilating.
In an attempt to listen to the article we pulled over and with Kodie on a leash, in his cat harness, we tried to let him out of the car for a minute....... NOT a good idea. [Part 2 two for the rest of the story.]