I am going to grad school on the opposite side of the country and need to figure out a way to get my cat there. I originally wanted to have her fly with my parents when they come visit me but I checked the regulations and there’s no way she’ll fit into one of those tiny carriers. I therefore have to drive with her. I currently have the following trip planned out:
Day 1: 12 hours
Day 2: 6 hours
Day 3: 12 hours
Day 4: 6 hours
I’ll need to get reservations at pet-friendly hotels, but I’m concerned about the most important question: how am I supposed to handle her going to the bathroom? I can’t use her leash because she just lays down as soon as it’s on, and I’m 99% sure that if I just set her down by the litter box outside a rest area, she’ll bolt. I’m going in a Toyota Camry so there’s no large space in which to just put her litter box and let her do her work.
Do sedatives make cats constipated? If I give her one, can I expect her to make it until we get to a hotel? If not, what are my options?
Edit: Also, is there a sedative I can give her that will really put her down? I’ve made a couple two hours trips to/from college with her and each time I almost ended up throwing her out the window because of her yowling. If I have to do 36 hours I might end up throwing myself out instead.