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this question might sound stupid but i have two cats and im plannin to move to a...

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Question: 
this question might sound stupid but i have two cats and im plannin to move to a different state do i need to buy two carriers or can i buy a medium dog carrier n use that?
Answer: 

Actually the answer to this depends on your cats. Some cats might take comfort in sharing a carrier during the move but some might prefer their own space. If your cats have never been in a carrier before, I recommend purchasing on and leaving it on the floor for your cats to explore. See how they react. Do they both go in and curl up or does one become territorial?

Here is some additional information on moving with pets:
Moving can be a very stressful time for families and pets alike. Pets often pick up on the stress and can certainly display behavior changes related to this stress during the move. To minimize stress on pets, it is best to keep their routine as consistent as possible as long as possible.
During the actual packing and moving process, it may be best to board your dog or cat which will minimize risk of escape while the doors to the house are open. If your pet is going to remain in the house, confining them to a quiet room with their favorite belongings may be helpful. Ensure they have current collars and tags, in the unfortunate event that they do get out.
The type of move (whether in town or far away and how the pet will be traveling) will pose individual challenges as well.
For pets moving by car:
• It is important to have plenty of food and water packed for the trip. Always err on the side of caution and pack more than necessary in the event that the trip takes longer than expected. Make sure that you have food and water bowls, any pet medications that your pet is taking, can openers if you feed canned pet food and any other items such as treats that your pet is used to getting. It is best to keep your pet’s diet as consistent as possible during the move as diet changes will only increase the stress on your pet.
• Ensure your pet has current collars and tags information with phone numbers that will be current during the move in the unfortunate situation your pet escapes.
• For many pets, carriers are the safest and most secure way to travel. In addition, you should always have the leash close by for breaks.
• Frequent breaks will be necessary during travel to allow your pet to stretch and use the bathroom.
• Never leave your pet unattended in a car.
• For pets that suffer from motion sickness or anxiety, consult with your veterinarian prior to the move about medications that may be beneficial for your pet.
• Always travel with a copy of your pets’ most recent vaccinations and medical records in the event of medical emergency or need to board your pet.
• Ensure that you have located pet friendly hotels for overnight stays during the trip.
For pets traveling by air:
• Always get updated travel restrictions and requirements for travel from the airline prior to travel.
• Most airlines will require a health certificate within 10 days of travel from a veterinarian.
• Pets traveling by air will need to be confined to a airline approved pet carrier.
• For pets that suffer from motion sickness or anxiety, consult with your veterinarian prior to the move about medications that may be beneficial for your pet.