Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
lgg

My Kitty

18 posts in this topic

Recommended Posts

Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Hi there.

I as thinking the other day, my cat who's about 16 and the biggest sweetie-pie ever is obviously moving to the US with me. How did you all do it? We're most likely going to be driving for about 8-9 hours with a truck with my stuff in it.

Did you sedate your pets? Did they freak the hell out? I'm a little worried about my fur-headed friend.


USCIS

NOA #2: Approval June 25th, 2009 - 92 days

NVC

July 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009 - 28 days

Interview Assigned - December 3, 2009 - FINALLY!!

Medical - December 14, 2009 - Passed

Embassy/Interview - January 26, 2010 Montreal, Quebec Canada - 167 days PASSED!!!

Port of Entry - February 26, 2010 Baltimore International, Maryland

USCIS -- ROC package sent off

November 26, 2011 to Vermont station November 30, 2011 received NOA1December 16, 2011 received biometrics appointment.

January 04, 2012 Biometrics

September 2, 2012, RFE Received.

September 22, 2012 RFE responded to

October 15, 2012 ROC approved, 10 Green card on its way.

kermit_the_frog1237963302.jpg

"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously.

And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."

Kermit the Frog

Visit my News Feed Page -- Good Reads for Everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

16 yrs... holy flip your kitty is a geriatric!


AOS:

2007-02-22: Sent AOS /EAD

2007-03-06 : NOA1 AOS /EAD

2007-03-28: Transferred to CSC

2007-05-17: EAD Card Production Ordered

2007-05-21: I485 Approved

2007-05-24: EAD Card Received

2007-06-01: Green Card Received!!

Removal of Conditions:

2009-02-27: Sent I-751

2009-03-07: NOA I-751

2009-03-31: Biometrics Appt. Hartford

2009-07-21: Touched (first time since biometrics) Perhaps address change?

2009-07-28: Approved at VSC

2009-08-25: Received card in the mail

Naturalization

2012-08-20: Submitted N-400

2013-01-18: Became Citizen

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

I moved with my 6 cats to the US on a two day trip. It will be a long day for your kitty. Don't sedate her, especially at 16 - that is a good age for a cat and the sedation may cause additional problems. I will say that the trip and the move will be stressful on her regardless of what you do. You will need to keep the cat in her carrier with you in the cab - she can't be in the truck body. Plan on 'rest stops' every 4 hours or so where you can let the cat use a litter box ( you may need to have something small and portable you can keep with you - don't open the doors of the vehicle for any reason while your cat is out of the carrier! See if your fiancee can have a room set up before you arrive with the cat that has a litter box with litter already in it. Your cat will be very stressed by the move and may retreat under a bed for several days. Also, have a good complete vet check for her before you go and address any medical problems then. As well, keep an eye on her after you arrive because stress can also cause medical problems and you may need to have vet treatment afterwards.

My 15 year old was very stressed during the trip down and developed a urinary tract infection from the stress. She stopped eating and no matter what I could do I couldn't get her to start again. I force fed her and eventually did IV fluid drips with her but eventually she passed from hepatic lipidosis - initiated by the stress of the move. My other 5 cats did fine although it took them some time to adapt.

One of my cats meowed the whole time - two days worth of driving! The others were intermittant. I covered their carriers with towels because everytime a transport truck roared by us they 'cringed' from the shadow moving over them. If you can keep your cat's carrier on your lap (I know that is a long time to do so) and talk to her and reach in and pet her it will go a long way to making her trip easier on her. And at 16, she does need babying.


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5892822976_477b1a77f7_z.jpg

Another Member of the VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
Hi there.

I as thinking the other day, my cat who's about 16 and the biggest sweetie-pie ever is obviously moving to the US with me. How did you all do it? We're most likely going to be driving for about 8-9 hours with a truck with my stuff in it.

Did you sedate your pets? Did they freak the hell out? I'm a little worried about my fur-headed friend.

Obviously our cat travelled all the way from Calgary to Florida with us and will travel back to Calgary with us next week!

She did freak out initially, then we bought Feliway - be sure to get some, it does not sedate them, it just calms them.

Just make sure she has a bit of food and water in her kennel and a nice comfy spot to sleep in there. We bought a dog sized kennel, because it is a long trip.

One other thing you may want to do is get her a collar, even if she doesn't normally wear one, just for the trip. Any time you are going to open her kennel ensure she has her collar on with contact information.

Edited by trailmix

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Seriously though? You wouldn't know it by looking at her --she's a chubby, fluffy teddy bear. Odd cat, she... never wanted to go out, never asked, just wants to hang out sleeping. Can't even get her to catch a fly.

She's a good old lady though.

:)

16 yrs... holy flip your kitty is a geriatric!

USCIS

NOA #2: Approval June 25th, 2009 - 92 days

NVC

July 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009 - 28 days

Interview Assigned - December 3, 2009 - FINALLY!!

Medical - December 14, 2009 - Passed

Embassy/Interview - January 26, 2010 Montreal, Quebec Canada - 167 days PASSED!!!

Port of Entry - February 26, 2010 Baltimore International, Maryland

USCIS -- ROC package sent off

November 26, 2011 to Vermont station November 30, 2011 received NOA1December 16, 2011 received biometrics appointment.

January 04, 2012 Biometrics

September 2, 2012, RFE Received.

September 22, 2012 RFE responded to

October 15, 2012 ROC approved, 10 Green card on its way.

kermit_the_frog1237963302.jpg

"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously.

And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."

Kermit the Frog

Visit my News Feed Page -- Good Reads for Everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Hey Kathryn...

6 cats??? wow! I know, she's going to be a spaz, she doesn't even like it when I move her from the couch to the chair so I can sit down. Really, really good advice, thank you. She's been such a good friend to me and so chill, I'm hoping I can make her feel not so scared. Oh and I know she'll hide for days after this, it's her way as I've moved apartment with her before. Id' never put her in the back, either -- she's up in the cab with us most likely mewling the entire way.

sorry your older kitty passed away -- that's sad. Heartbreaking. I'll be all broken up if/when my teddy cat goes.

Thanks for your advice.

:)

I moved with my 6 cats to the US on a two day trip. It will be a long day for your kitty. Don't sedate her, especially at 16 - that is a good age for a cat and the sedation may cause additional problems. I will say that the trip and the move will be stressful on her regardless of what you do. You will need to keep the cat in her carrier with you in the cab - she can't be in the truck body. Plan on 'rest stops' every 4 hours or so where you can let the cat use a litter box ( you may need to have something small and portable you can keep with you - don't open the doors of the vehicle for any reason while your cat is out of the carrier! See if your fiancee can have a room set up before you arrive with the cat that has a litter box with litter already in it. Your cat will be very stressed by the move and may retreat under a bed for several days. Also, have a good complete vet check for her before you go and address any medical problems then. As well, keep an eye on her after you arrive because stress can also cause medical problems and you may need to have vet treatment afterwards.

My 15 year old was very stressed during the trip down and developed a urinary tract infection from the stress. She stopped eating and no matter what I could do I couldn't get her to start again. I force fed her and eventually did IV fluid drips with her but eventually she passed from hepatic lipidosis - initiated by the stress of the move. My other 5 cats did fine although it took them some time to adapt.

One of my cats meowed the whole time - two days worth of driving! The others were intermittant. I covered their carriers with towels because everytime a transport truck roared by us they 'cringed' from the shadow moving over them. If you can keep your cat's carrier on your lap (I know that is a long time to do so) and talk to her and reach in and pet her it will go a long way to making her trip easier on her. And at 16, she does need babying.


USCIS

NOA #2: Approval June 25th, 2009 - 92 days

NVC

July 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009 - 28 days

Interview Assigned - December 3, 2009 - FINALLY!!

Medical - December 14, 2009 - Passed

Embassy/Interview - January 26, 2010 Montreal, Quebec Canada - 167 days PASSED!!!

Port of Entry - February 26, 2010 Baltimore International, Maryland

USCIS -- ROC package sent off

November 26, 2011 to Vermont station November 30, 2011 received NOA1December 16, 2011 received biometrics appointment.

January 04, 2012 Biometrics

September 2, 2012, RFE Received.

September 22, 2012 RFE responded to

October 15, 2012 ROC approved, 10 Green card on its way.

kermit_the_frog1237963302.jpg

"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously.

And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."

Kermit the Frog

Visit my News Feed Page -- Good Reads for Everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

Thanks for your kind thoughts - yeah, it was hard when Kirsty passed. She made it 6 weeks.

I will really second Trailmix's suggestion for Feliway spray - you can spray the carrier before she goes in and it will help calm her. You might also have your fiance purchase a Feliway room atomizer here in the US, as well - you plug it in and it releases positive pheromones into the room - and have it already operating in the room where your kitty will come when you move. You don't smell it but the cat sure does and it helps to keep them calm. It is very expensive in Canada - cheaper here because you can buy it on line (also available at PetSmart, Petco, etc.) but well worth the investment. I keep a plug in active by the back windows all the time because that is where my cats see outdoor cats - and it helps keep them relaxed.


“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5892822976_477b1a77f7_z.jpg

Another Member of the VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline
I will really second Trailmix's suggestion for Feliway spray

I covered their carriers with towels because everytime a transport truck roared by us they 'cringed' from the shadow moving over them. I

Thanks for the great tips! I will be returning to Canada next week to close my house and bring my two cats back with me. I purchased a couple of bottles of Feliway after it was discussed a while back in another thread. I forgot about covering the carriers, thanks for the reminder!

Did you find your cats were comfortable using the litter in the car when you stopped for breaks? I am afraid that if I let them out their carriers I'll never be able to get them back in. :help: I have about a 7 - 8 hour drive.


USCIS

NOA1 08/19/08

NOA2 01/20/09

NVC

Received 01/26/09

Completed 02/13/09 (19 Days)

Interview Assigned 03/27/09 (6 weeks after NVC completion)

Medical

04/14/09 (Toronto)

Interview

Montreal 05/12/09 (88 days after NVC completion) **APPROVED**

POE

06/16/09 Buffalo

07/02/09 Welcome Letter Received

07/07/09 Applied for SSN

07/10/09 "Card production ordered" email received

07/13/09 SSN received

07/14/09 "Approval notice sent" email received

07/17/09 GREEN CARD received

Removal of Conditions

03/21/11 I-751 mailed to VSC

03/23/11 I-751 received at VSC

03/29/11 Cheque Cashed

03/30/11 NOA1 received (3/24/11)

04/11/11 Biometrics appointment notice received

05/05/11 Biometric appointment

12/13/11 **Approval date** (5 days short of 9 months!)

12/19/11 Approval letter and green card received

Naturalization

05/16/2019 Filed online (estimated completion February 2020)

05/18/2019 Biometrics scheduled

05/21/2019 Receipt notice and biometrics notices posted to online account.05/23/2019 Hard copy of NOA1 received

05/24/2019 Hard copy of biometrics appointment received

06/07/2019 Biometrics appointment (estimated completion January 2020)

12/31/2019 Email received "Interview scheduled"

01/01/2020 Interview date notice posted to online account (02/19/2020)

01/05/2019 Hard copy of interview appointment received

02/19/2020 Interview (**Approved**) and same day Oath Ceremony. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

wow, thanks for that info on Feliway! And for the feedback that it works! lol! My cat, love her, is a HUGE SPAZ! This put my mind (and hopefully hers) at ease a bit, knowing there might be a solution!

:luv:


For details visit My Timeline or Profile

ROC Timeline:
May 23, 2012 - Mailed I-751
January 7, 2013 - RFE Received
March 26, 2013 - RFE Response Sent
April 11, 2013 - ROC APPROVED

June 8th, 2013 - 10 yr GC Received (FINALLY)

AOS Timeline:
March 23, 2010 - Mailed I-485 (AOS), I-131 (AP), I-765 (EAD)
June 7, 2010 - AP received
June 12, 2010 - EAD received
August 27, 2010 - 2 yr Green Card Received!


K-1 Timeline:
April 22, 2009 - I-129F Sent
November 20, 2009 - Interview in Montreal - Approved!
January 3, 2010 - POE (Ambassador Bridge)
January 20, 2010 - Wedding

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

The cats had no trouble using the litter box along the way - I had it on the floor and put them on it and they used it. And, they were very happy to get back into their carriers - it was hard to keep them out of the carriers as that felt more secure in them than 'out in the van we rented. They also were willing to eat and drink during the day as well.

Edited by Kathryn41

“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5892822976_477b1a77f7_z.jpg

Another Member of the VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

When my aunt moved from FL to WA a few years back, she had both her cats loose in her van. She had food, water, and a litter box for them to use whenever they needed.

We have two cats that will be joining us in FL. We will probably leave them with my aunt in WA until she can fly down to FL later in the year. She'll take them both as carry-ons.


Montreal: BEAT!!! Approved!!!!!

event.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: Citizen (apr) Country: Canada
Timeline

You might have a problem if your aunt is travelling by herself and carrying on two cats. Each cat is supposed to have its own carrier and the carrier needs to fit underneath the seat. They also only allow one cat a person and often limit the number of animals on each flight.

Edited by Kathryn41

“...Isn't it splendid to think of all the things there are to find out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive--it's such an interesting world. It wouldn't be half so interesting if we knew all about everything, would it? There'd be no scope for imagination then, would there?”

. Lucy Maude Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

5892822976_477b1a77f7_z.jpg

Another Member of the VJ Fluffy Kitty Posse!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline
You might have a problem if your aunt is travelling by herself and carrying on two cats. Each cat is supposed to have its own carrier and the carrier needs to fit underneath the seat. They also only allow one cat a person and often limit the number of animals on each flight.

She isn't traveling by herself. I have flown with cats before, so I know the routine. :)


Montreal: BEAT!!! Approved!!!!!

event.png

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

We flew with our 3 month old kitten in March. She did great! No meds needed. I was worried at first but she just watched people and stared at me when she could. With an older cat in a car I would think it would fine but you could get the medication to help her sleep and only use it if you need to. Good Luck! You can see a pic of our Mini on my profile. :luv:


K-1

I-129F Sent : 2008-10-10

I-129F NOA1 : 2008-10-15

I-129F NOA2 : 2009-03-01

Visa Received : 2009-03-20

US Entry : 2009-03-26

Marriage : 2009-05-23

AOS, EAD, AP

Date Filed : 2009-06-04

NOA Date : 2009-06-11

Bio. Appt. : 2009-06-23 (original date July 10th)

AOS Transfer: 2009-07-02

Touch: 2009-07-03

Touch: 2009-07-06

Touch: 2009-07-07

Touch: 2009-07-08

Touch: 2009-07-10 with email regarding pending status.

Touch: 2009-07-20

Touch: 2009-07-21

AP and EAD Approved: 2009-08-03

AP Touch: 2009-08-04

AP Touch: 2009-08-05

EAD second email and Touch 2009-08-06

EAD Touch: 2009-08-07

AOS Approved: 2009-08-10

ROC: petition filed 5-18-11

NOA1 received 5-27-11

Biometrics 7-11-11

Decision Date 1-9-12

Approval letter 1-12-12

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Filed: IR-1/CR-1 Visa Country: Canada
Timeline

Oh man, a bouncy kitten at that! Even when my cat was a kitten she was so freaking chilled out I couldn't believe it. She's like little Zen cat. Oohmmmmm. Well, make that Fat Zen Cat...

:)

We flew with our 3 month old kitten in March. She did great! No meds needed. I was worried at first but she just watched people and stared at me when she could. With an older cat in a car I would think it would fine but you could get the medication to help her sleep and only use it if you need to. Good Luck! You can see a pic of our Mini on my profile. :luv:

USCIS

NOA #2: Approval June 25th, 2009 - 92 days

NVC

July 8, 2009 to August 10, 2009 - 28 days

Interview Assigned - December 3, 2009 - FINALLY!!

Medical - December 14, 2009 - Passed

Embassy/Interview - January 26, 2010 Montreal, Quebec Canada - 167 days PASSED!!!

Port of Entry - February 26, 2010 Baltimore International, Maryland

USCIS -- ROC package sent off

November 26, 2011 to Vermont station November 30, 2011 received NOA1December 16, 2011 received biometrics appointment.

January 04, 2012 Biometrics

September 2, 2012, RFE Received.

September 22, 2012 RFE responded to

October 15, 2012 ROC approved, 10 Green card on its way.

kermit_the_frog1237963302.jpg

"Here's some simple advice: Always be yourself. Never take yourself too seriously.

And beware of advice from experts, pigs, and members of Parliament."

Kermit the Frog

Visit my News Feed Page -- Good Reads for Everyone!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
 
Didn't find the answer you were looking for? Ask our VJ Immigration Lawyers.

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
- Back to Top -


Important Disclaimer: Please read carefully the Visajourney.com Terms of Service. If you do not agree to the Terms of Service you should not access or view any page (including this page) on VisaJourney.com. Answers and comments provided on Visajourney.com Forums are general information, and are not intended to substitute for informed professional medical, psychiatric, psychological, tax, legal, investment, accounting, or other professional advice. Visajourney.com does not endorse, and expressly disclaims liability for any product, manufacturer, distributor, service or service provider mentioned or any opinion expressed in answers or comments. VisaJourney.com does not condone immigration fraud in any way, shape or manner. VisaJourney.com recommends that if any member or user knows directly of someone involved in fraudulent or illegal activity, that they report such activity directly to the Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. You can contact ICE via email at Immigration.Reply@dhs.gov or you can telephone ICE at 1-866-347-2423. All reported threads/posts containing reference to immigration fraud or illegal activities will be removed from this board. If you feel that you have found inappropriate content, please let us know by contacting us here with a url link to that content. Thank you.
×
×
  • Create New...