You may come across many dealers and car companies, saying “We know cars, cats in cars”, but taking care of cats in the car can be a daunting task. While your cat might enjoy the ride, you have to be very careful about taking the right care your companion while driving to ensure that they don’t hurt, sick or feel trapped.
Here are the top ways to take the right care of your cat, when you regularly take your cat out for a drive.
Talk To Your Cat’s Vet
Before taking your cat for a journey in the car, it’s vital that you talk your cat’s veterinarian and learn some basic tips to travel with a cat in the car. Also, check out what to do if the cat becomes carsick.
One of the best ways to get your cat used to the car travel is by taking the cat out for small drives. Practice driving short distances with your cat to acclimate them to the car.
Acclimatize Your Cat To a Cat Carrier
If you are planning to use a cat carrier for your cat, then it’s important that you acclimate your cat to the carrier. Take the carrier out well in advance, clean it up and put it in the living area.
Place a clean towel in the travel carrier, which smells either like you or your cat. If you leave the travel carrier open, and allow your cat to explore it, your cat will become a little acclimatized to it, and won’t be too stressed during the travel period.
Disposable Litter Trays
As it’s not practical to take your cat’s usual litter box with you we would recommend to take a few disposable litter trays with you.
Don’t Leave Your Cat Should You Park Your Car
During hot weather, the temperature in a parked car can skyrocket within seconds, even when you have parked your car in the shade. A car can get hot enough to cause a heat stroke or worse to your cat. And don’t forget that while your cat might have been fine travelling in the car with you that may not apply without you as it no longer feels safe without its companion.
Even during winters, the temperature can plummet enough that your cat feels the freezing cold inside the car.
Feed Your Cat Before the Journey
Ensure that your cat has eaten a light meal four to five hours before you start the journey. This should hopefully mean that your cat will have used the litter box prior to starting the journey thus making the journey more comfortable for yourself and your cat.
If you are going for a long ride one of the disposable litter boxes as well as feeding sessions will of course be necessary. If you are only travelling for a couple of hours or less it’s best not to feed them during the journey as this could lead to motion sickness and vomiting.