Follow these five tips for traveling with cats from Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Say you’re moving or you want to take your feline family member on vacation. You’ve probably heard horror stories about how cats aren’t the greatest companions in the car. With the help of Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can follow these five tips for traveling with cats and have a great (and safe) time on the road.
1. Talk with your veterinarian.
Some cats can suffer from motion sickness and/or anxiety when they ride in the car. Talk to your vet about different medications and methods to help your cat have a comfortable car ride. If your cat isn’t microchipped, this will also be a good time to discuss it with your vet.
2. Go for a test drive(s).
Help your cat get used to riding in the car by going for a few practice rides. Ideally, you want to start going for rides when your cat is young–about two to seven weeks old. During that time, a kitten is more likely to become accustomed to the new experience. An older cat will have a harder time adjusting to car rides, but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen.
3. Pack necessary supplies, including ID tags.
Like with any trip, you’ll need to make a travel checklist…for your cat. Having the necessary supplies on-hand can help keep your feline family member content throughout the car ride.
Toys – Your cat can stay entertained with some of its favorite toys, and hopefully feel more comfortable while away from home.
Litter and litter trays – Bring along the same type of cat litter that you use at home. Don’t haul your at-home litter box–use disposable litter trays or a smaller travel size one. Don’t forget a litter scoop and disposable bags, too.
Cat carrier – Keeping your cat in a well-ventilated carrier is a must for car travel. Also be sure to keep it out of direct sunlight, and have it secure so your cat (and the carrier) don’t bounce around while you’re driving.
ID tags – Make sure your cat is wearing a collar with ID tags in case he or she would run away at a pit stop or at your destination. It’s also a good idea to keep a picture of your cat with you for the trip.
4. Prepare for plenty of pit stops.
Cats will need to stop for the litter box and water more frequently than their human companions. Be prepared to stop every two to three hours for your cat. When you’re at the pit stop, don’t leave your cat alone in the car, especially in direct sunlight. Also be sure your cat is wearing its ID tags, and keep him or her on a leash. An unknown location and the stress of the car ride can cause a cat to bolt at the first opportunity.
5. Keep your cat in a cat carrier.
When you’re traveling with cats, keeping them in a carrier during the car ride is essential for everyone’s safety. A free-roaming cat can easily make its way under the brake pedal of your car, or distract you while driving. Keep the carrier restrained by buckling it in with a seat belt. Also keep the carrier in the back seat of the car. If the front seat airbags would deploy, your pet could be injured.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, we understand how important your four-legged family members are to you. That’s we carry everything you need to give your cats, dogs, guinea pigs and everything in between the best care. For more tips on all your furry friends, visit our Pet Care blog.