How to Prepare For A Road Trip With A Cat !
15 December, 2017
road trip with cat

When going on a road trip and you have a cat, you can either find a pet sitter, place to board your cat or take your cat along with you.  If you are traveling in a car, you will need to prepare in advance.  Some cats love the car while others hate it!   Some tips to help you have a successful road trip with your cat.

Carriers and crates for your cats

This is a must! Not only is it much safer for you to have your cat confined instead of distracting you while you drive, he will also be more comfortable and likely feel safer.  If you are taking a long trip, you might want to choose a larger crate and included a water dish and litter box for each one. Usually a small hard carrier is just fine, and chances are your cat will not use the litter box on the road.

Give your kitty a chance to get familiar with your car.

Start by taking your kitty out to the car, sit in the back seat together and give her a few treats, pet her, brush her. Give her a chance to sniff and explore the entire car. Bring her carrier out to the car and place it where it will be when you travel, take a few short rides around the block, nice and slow so  you can see how she is going to respond to life in the car.

If you are taking a long trip, you can talk to your vet about medication.

If your cat does not respond well to your test drives talk to your veterinarian about options to treat the anxiety or motion sickness. If you are planning a cross-country move, the distance may be too long for your cat, but with a carefully prescribed relaxant or herb to take the edge off of your cat might be the best idea depending on the length of your car ride.

Offer your cat food and water before you hit the road.

Offer your cat food and water before you head out on the open road. Give kitty time to use the litter box after she eats. If your cat gets motion sickness, keep the feeding to a light snack. If your cat is likely to get very ill in the car, it’s better to withhold food and water starting about 8 hours before you hit the road.

Prepare your travel bag beforehand

In addition to travel papers, food, bowl, medication and a pet first-aid kit, pack a favorite toy or pillow to give your cat a sense of familiarity.  Or even a t-shirt or towel with your scent on it will help make your cat or dog feel a little more comfortable.

Make sure your cat has a microchip for identification and wears a collar with a tag imprinted with your home address, as well as a temporary travel tag with your cell phone, destination phone number and any other contact information.

Take breaks on a long road trip

Just like we need to stop and stretch our legs, it’s nice for your cats to get breaks, too. Stay inside the car with the doors closed if you let your cat out of his carrier. Resist the urge to take your cat out of the car on a road trip. It’s just too risky to have a nervous kitty loose near the highway. He could very easily bolt and the results could be devastating.

With a bit of planning, you too can safely and easily travel long distances with your cats! And never leave your cats alone in the car.

Other articles of interest:

Does Your Cat Hate Going to the Vet?

How to Find The Right Cat Sitter

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