My wife's little black and white female doesn't like to travel so we normally put her in a carrier whenever we are moving just to keep her calm. She doesn't like it a bit.
This last trip south I suggested we just let her be free and see what happened. She eventually found a happy place under the couch and settled right down in her new den. Then whenever we stop she comes out to be petted and look out the windshield.
I'm glad we did and we will probably never confine her again, but all cats are different.
Jim and Carol Cooper with Oreo the Kitty
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2002 Journey DL 36, 3126 Cat 330hp