Traveling with Kitties

My sister recently got a kitten and asked me for some advice. My husband and I travel and move so often that we’ve become experts on traveling with our kitties. We tend to drive to most destinations so we can bring Phoebe and Luna with us. My sister was curious as to what we do to make traveling easier as she is bringing her kitten back home to visit for the holidays. I swear my family is normal and we’re not crazy cat ladies ;).

Anyway, here are some tips that I find are helpful when traveling with our kitties:

1). Keep them in a travel crate. We have a larger, hardshell crate that fits the both of them comfortably that would also protect them if needed. It seems to be safer and easier on both parties. I am so terrified of a suitcase squishing them while I’m driving and not realizing it, so a crate to me works better.

2). Position the crate so they can see you. This helps a ton! Luna tends to get incredibly car sick and tends to vomit multiple times due to nerves. We’ve discovered she is a lot more relaxed and doesn’t tend to get sick if we balance the crate on a suite case that is level with the middle armrest between the driver and passenger seat.

3). If your cat does gets carsick..don’t forget to pack cleaning spray, paper towels, and a plastic baggie! This has been a lifesaver. We put the used paper towels in a grocery baggie so we can find a proper place to discard.

4). Put something in their crate that has their scent on it. This could be a blanket they sit on, a small pet bed, toy, etc.

5). Position an air vent on them. Their crate can get warm and a constant breeze makes it more comfortable.

6). Talk to them! Both of our cats tend to meow profusely and claw at the crate. If one of us is constantly talking to them, it tends to relax them a bit.

7). Try to avoid them eating or drinking a few hours before you leave. I also believe this helps with the car sickness.

8). If this is time allotting, try to leave around mid-morning, or whenever your kitty tends to fall asleep. Sometimes we can’t wait around to leave until 9 or 10, but when we can it helps quite a bit. I know Phoebe and Luna pass out around then and sleep most of the day, which in turn equals an easy travel day.

Phoebe hard asleep holding onto poor Luna!

Phoebe hard asleep holding onto poor Luna!

I hope you find these tips helpful, especially if you are traveling with your kitty for the holidays! 🙂

We Say Goodbye to Jefferson…

These past few weeks have been crazy busy for Nathan and I. We have been consumed once again with the daunting tasks of packing and moving. We said our sad goodbyes to Jefferson, TX, which has been our home for the past seven months.

I cannot express how much I was dreading leaving Jefferson. I knew the moment we moved that in a few short months we would be leaving, but I could not help getting attached. This town was unbelievably adorable and had the perfect “small-Southern town” feel. I personally prefer the country and a small town any day over a city (unless the city is Boston, because in that case I am biased). I cannot imagine not falling in love with this historical, Texan town! We loved our time spent in Jefferson with their local restaurants, farmer’s markets, bed & breakfasts, and beautiful, historical buildings.

Me and Nate Jefferson

 

And now for a brief tour. I took way to many pictures as a way to remember not just the town, but the memories we made here.

We’ll start with my FAVORITE building in Jefferson- The General Store! This General Store carries unique candies (almost anything you could think of that is not super popular. I once went in looking for M&Ms, but they told me they only carry the items you would not find in your typical grocery store). They also, of course, carry ice cream and milk shakes!

 

 

Jefferson- General Store

 

Jefferson- General Store2Next, let’s tackle some of the restaurants. There wasn’t one that we tried that we did not like. Our favorite was the Knightlight Theater. Oh my that food was delicious! We kicked ourselves in the butt for not trying it sooner. Lamanche’s came in a close second for me, mostly because I LOVE Italian food!

Jefferson- Lamanches

 

Jefferson- The Corkyard

The Corkyard has a fun outdoor bar area and it seemed they were always hosting live music!

Jefferson- Mem.

Memories & More is a piano bar with the perfect atmosphere. There is an actual piano player and the food was amazing!

 

Auntie Skinner's was "the" bar to go to if you were looking for a wild night!

Auntie Skinner’s was “the” bar to go to if you were looking for a wild night!

I adored taking pictures of this town- there is a surprisingly amount to see considering the size! It always blew our minds that this tiny town had something going on every weekend.

Jefferson- TrainHere are some shots of the courtyard behind the Jefferson Hotel. Apparently it’s haunted and we recommend going on one of Jefferson’s famous Ghost Tours for some stories!

Jefferson- Hotel2

Jefferson- HotelAnd if The General Store doesn’t quite have what you’re looking for to satisfy your sweet tooth, then I suggest a visit to the local fudge store!

Jefferson- Antiques

 

Jefferson- Gum Ball

Jefferson- Alley

 

Jefferson- street2

Jefferson- Street

Jefferson- Skyline

Me and Nate3

Writing this post is making me miss Jefferson all over again! Thank you Jefferson for all the unforgettable times! If you ever find yourself in deep east Texas, you must stop at this hidden gem and former B&B capital of the USA!