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I-95 with cats - drive through options?

Due to the heat and the boys lack of enthusiasm for the trip I don't want to leave the car for more than a very quick "nature calls" break. Would love to find reasonably decent food options within these limitations.

I'm interested if there are any drive-through options outside of the big national chains. Smithfield's is the only one that comes to mind, but they are only in NC.

Route is I-95 south from I-40 all the way to Fl. I'm willing to detour 10 min. or so from the highway.

Thanks! This is going to be an interesting ride. Hopefully the kitty wailing will peter out quickly...

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  1. Will the cats be contained? I nearly lost an uncontained (very comfortable traveling in a car) cat to a drive-through window. She thought it smelled pretty good in there.

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    1. re: sr44

      They will be in and out of their carrier - it's about a 12 hour drive. Collared and micro-chipped too. I could see one of them trying this - so thanks for the reminder! I'll make sure to tuck them back in before I order.

      Hopefully the ride will be uneventful!

      1. re: pinehurst

        This does look handy! A quick glance reminded me of Sonic. Their covered carhop spots could be handy to keep the car cool for a quick exit for a "pit stop".

        Thank you!

        I normally would not travel with cats, especially in the summer, but I may have to be away for quite some time.

        1. re: meatn3

          Meatn3, my traveling companion on many a ride down to NC from Mass has been my hound (different from felines, I know...), so I embrace your concern!

          1. re: pinehurst

            That list was helpful. I made a list of potential stops, such as Sonic where there would be shaded parking.

            Fortunately yesterday was cool and overcast so quick stops at rest areas were not a problem.

            I'll keep the list for the eventual trip home. Plus you never know when you might have a cherry limeade emergency!

      2. Our vet had us sedate the cats when we did NY to NC. It helped, kinda. No food thoughts, though. Sorry.

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        1. re: rockycat

          They did well when I moved from Asheville to Raleigh. After the first 20 min. they usually settle in. This trip is 3 times as long though. Rescue Remedy usually calms them down but it might not be a bad idea to investigate the hard stuff! Thanks.

          Now the cay my ex kept - that kitty is the definition of a high strung wailer!

          1. re: meatn3

            Make sure you have plenty of water for the cats even if they are sedated. My mother drove her 5 cats from Seattle to Santa Cruz, CA years ago (it was a two day trip but seemed like two months) and I think one of them had to be rehydrated when they arrived because he hadn't had enough to drink on the way down. Oh, and the smell of the car was so horrific she had to have it detailed and fumigated, so plan on that.

            1. re: Isolda

              "Oh, and the smell of the car was so horrific she had to have it detailed and fumigated, so plan on that."

              I may not be needing a food option after all!

              I'll probably remove their food the night before to cut down on some of the problems. Lots of scoops, citrus air freshner, plastic bags and wipes packed. I have a weighted bowl for water. All the kitty paraphernalia makes room for my usual travel cooler tricky.

              1. re: meatn3

                Multiple extra towels -- someone always wets themself even if you offer a pan (also had a #2 blowout, once). Wipes and bags you already have on list.

                We have a no-loose-felines-in-car policy while moving; safer for everyone (no errant claws) and they like the security of their carriers. Only exception is rest stops with doors locked and person onboard, for offering food and pan (and no one has EVER used it despite offering).

                My guys also won't eat or drink on the road. Have never had a smell that wouldn't diffuse away in minutes; I feel for Isolda's mom.

                1. re: DuchessNukem

                  Added towels to the list - thanks! A roll of paper towels might be handy too.

                  Hopefully I'll be able to keep them in the carrier.
                  The younger can be an annoyance to the elder. So the old guy might sit on the front seat for a little relief from the pestering. (Only one carrier and no room for two.)

                  I think I'm obsessing over the cats to avoid thinking much on the family health situation which awaits...

                  1. re: meatn3

                    First off - I am sorry for the family health situation. Be glad in your heart that you can go and help, that's BIG. Try to remember that : )

                    When my mom moved into assisted living we (at her request) took her cat who had NEVER traveled and had not been to the vet much (a young cat) to the vet, then in a carrier on two connecting flights, over 3,500 miles, to live with us.

                    The cat had kitty valium, in injections, timed in case the first one wasn't enough. (It wasn't) We wondered about valium for humans, happily a very kind Southwest Airlines steward treated us to wine, after meeting the cat and hearing why she was being moved.

                    We packed wet wipes and while we didn't need them all, there were a few moments they came in awfully handy. Not as handy as the valium or wine, but, handy.

                    Point being? Pack treats and clean ups for everyone. And if you decide to give your cats burgers from a drive through, is that really so wrong?

        2. Hi, meat,

          If I remember right, Duke's in Walerboro has a drive through and ok bbq:
          http://www.discoversouthcarolina.com/...

          I had to evacuate for a hurricane with my beloved Junior one time (RIP, buddy) and he was NOT. HAPPY. Good luck.

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          1. re: Sue in Mt P

            Thanks Sue.

            Luckily the two are very close and spoon and have major kitty lovefest bathing sessions. I think that bond helps them stay a little calmer.

            Ahh, the middle years and aging parents. Kind of changes the dynamics of travel and the possibilities of the open road!

            1. re: Sue in Mt P

              Yes Sue, Duke's in Walterboro DOES have a drive thru and will pack up a styrofoam container for you. Closed Monday and Tuesday though. Ask for fried chicken, barbecue with sauce on the side, corn fritters, cole slaw, stewed tomatoes, collards. Avoid the rice and hash. 5 mins off exit 57, follow signs.

              1. re: birgator

                Thanks for the info!

                If I ask for all that I'll need a hotel room to sleep it off...

                1. re: meatn3

                  Road snacks! I just made that drive a couple of weeks ago. You'll need snacks to keep from being bored.

              2. re: Sue in Mt P

                Dukes worked out really well for the drive South. Once I got there I remembered it from a number of years ago.

                I got fried chicken and a bbq sandwich to tide me over. All was really good.

                I had let the cats out of the carriers and they were hiding under the drivers seat. The chicken was an excellent bribe to entice them out so I could put them back in the carriers. All 3 of use loved the chicken!

                The sandwich is a nice rendition. The mustard sauce was just enough!

                Thanks!

              3. Mmm. I had a couple of thoughts but they're both in Wilson.

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                  1. re: meatn3

                    Let me know when you go to Wilson. I'll meet you there. I'm planning to go out to the Banks a bunch this summer.

                      1. re: meatn3

                        Great good luck with your mission.

                1. Folks, we need to keep the discussion focused on Chow, instead of on the vicissitudes of traveling with cats. Please help out meatn3 with suggestions for food options; pet travel is off-topic for the site.

                  1. I seem to recall that Jack's BBQ in Kingsland GA (I-95 exit 1) has a drive-through, but, if not, they are still pretty good and can get a take-out order together super-fast. (They're used to assembling orders for the truck stop across the street and delivering them via a golf cart!)

                    http://marieletseat.com/2013/02/09/ja...

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                    1. re: MarieLetsEat

                      I have this on the list for the trip back North!

                      Thanks!