when i talked to my parents this weekend about the trip home, they asked if i'd be bringing the cats with me. ahhh. yes. the cats.
my cats, um, "dislike" car travel. oliver especially takes riding in cars as a personal offense, and makes VERY SURE that his aversion is known to everyone with eardrums. i had to buy a special soft-sided cat carrier for him, because when he's closed up in one of those AND in a moving vehicle at the same time, he.. um.. well, he basically has self-imposed cat seizures. in addition to the dramatic yowling, he throws his very large self around in the very small (previously hard-sided) cat carrier, to the extent that he physically injures himself and has thrown the entire contraption off the seat of the car with his carrying on. the vets' only suggestion (tranqs don't appear to work on him!) was to get a softer cat carrier so that he couldn't hurt himself as badly.
so i did! and he quite literally ripped it to pieces. while inside of it. he's... special.
so i was thinking about the sure-to-be-dramatic ride home, should i choose to take the cats with me, and it occurred to me that i thought i'd seen a way to strap dogs into the back seat of cars. i presume it's meant more as a way to protect them from flying through the windshield in the event of an accident, but for my purposes i thought it might serve as a way to allow oliver some freedom during the ride and hopefully placate his righteous fury at being forced to be IN A CAR while it was MOVING, GOD. THE HUMANITY.
so! i headed to petco, explained the predicament to a (very amused) store employee, and came home with this:
i mean yes, technically, it's for a dog, but oliver's kind of on the huge side. and what do you know! it fits him perfectly. so i brought him down to the car and strapped him in.
i'll let you know how it goes. if i make it home, that is, without driving off a bridge to MAKE IT STOP OMG MAKE IT STOP. or maybe, since he's apparently big enough for dog harnesses, i should look into dog-sized tranquilizers?