21 Aug 3 Tips for Traveling With Cats In a Car
Traveling with cats in a car can be very difficult, especially if they are not used to being in a moving vehicle. Cats can become frightened, stressed, and get motion sickness very easily while in the car. It may be challenging to travel with a cat, but it’s not impossible.
If you can’t get a pet sitter to check in on your cat at home, then you need to prepare them whether it’s a short trip or long trip. Using a few of these tips and tricks, you can help keep your cat comfortable and calm.
Using Cat Carriers Or Pet Carrier For The Car Ride
A travel crate is both good for cat parents and your feline friend. You’ll be able to drive without any distractions and won’t have to worry about getting distracted by an agitated pet. Secure the carrier with a seatbelt assuring that your cat stays calm and in one place.
If your furry friend isn’t used to a carrier, then do little exercises at home where you encourage them to get inside one with sweet talk and treats or their favorite toy. Practice this as much as you can so that by the time you’re ready to go, stepping into the crate will be second-nature for your cat.
For a longer trip that is more than 6 hours, take a break and let your cat out for a short while to stretch their legs, drink water and use the litter box. There are plenty of portable and disposable litter box options for long car rides that make it easier for cat parents to travel without stops.
Take Your Cat On A Practice Mini Car Trip
Before embarking on a road trip, you can try acclimating your cat in a moving vehicle with a few short rides around the block. Figure out what makes them comfortable and least stressed. For example, if the pet carrier moves too much, place some extra padding at the bottom of it so your cat doesn’t experience all the jerky movements. At the end of the drive give them a treat as a reward for good behavior.
Traveling With Cats In A Car – Get Anti-Motion Sickness Medication
If your cat has vomited in a past ride and or seems depressed in a moving car, they may be experiencing motion sickness. You can ask your vet for motion sickness medication to give to your cat before hitting the road. To be on the safe side, take a towel and some cleaning wipes with you just in case your cat throws up on the way.