Traveling in a car can be very scary for cats. And most will bolt out at the mere start of the car engine. It can cause an irritating delay attempting to woo it back inside the car and restart your trip. During this summer, if you plan to travel a considerable distance, accompanied by your cat, you may require more preparation. With a little adjustment, and provision of necessary accommodation, including pet food and water, your feline friend should look forward to a pleasant summer drive.
Tips on how to keep a cat safe in the car
Choose a reliable carrier
To make your cat feel comfortable inside the car, choose a sturdy cat carrier. It’s cozy and will confine your cat to avoid getting underneath the accelerator pad as you brake suddenly on the highway. Take time to familiarize your cat to the carrier. You may feed it while inside when the door is closed. Slowly it will accept it as a regular abode.
Place the carrier at back seat
The best place to put your cat’s carrier is the backseat of your car. Or the floor of the car. If put in the backseat, fasten the seat belts around the carrier to avoid jolts as you brake.
avoid direct sunlight
Avoid placing the carrier in direct sunlight, as it might get dangerously hot. And when leaving the car temporarily, park in a shaded area, as temperatures inside the car may harm your cat.
Place iD collar round cat’s neck
During moments of panic, cats have been known to jump out of moving vehicles and disappear into the bushes. But with a collar round, it’s neck; you are assured of its recovery, even months later.
Pack a travel kit
Even for a short trip, ensure to pack a travel kit that will include:• Cat food and water• Cat medication• Food dish• Water bowl• A litter box• A scoop for waste
Feed your cat before leaving
Feed your cat adequately before the trip. Place the litter box nearby. During the long journey, it will get distracted watching new places, and it may take hours before she meeaaooowwws for the next meal.
After you arrive at your destination, either a home or hotel room, prepare a place at a corner of your room and put the cat, while still inside the carrier. Opening the carrier soon after arrival may cause the cat to panic and flee. One hour after arrival should be sufficient to acclimatize it to the new surroundings.