Most cats do not make particularly happy travellers, but with a little planning, a car journey may not always be a stressful experience for owner and cat. Our own cats have become calm travellers over time, by us following a few simple rules.
The following tips may help you make the journey to the cattery easier for you and your cat.
- Firstly, do have a suitable carrier for your cat. A good quality carrier large enough for your cat to stand up, sit down and turn around comfortably is most important. Top loading ones are good.
- Take time for your cat to become accustomed to their carrier well before the journey. Leave it in view, not hidden away, making it a familiar part of his surroundings. Leave the door open, cosy bedding inside and encourage your cat to go in and out. At first, a few treats placed inside might help. When the time comes for the journey your cat will at least be used to his carrier.
- Don’t feed him for several hours before the journey. He will be much less likely to be sick if travelling on an empty stomach.
- Consider using a calming product, such as, Feliway, Pet Remedy or Zylkene before your journey. (Ask your vet about these).
We are happy to spray your cat’s carrier with Feliway or Pet Remedy for the journey home. These calming products certainly help our own cats before their car trips.
Other tips for less stressful travelling
- Line the carrier with a puppy training pad or a towel in case of accidents.
- Once in the car secure the carrier with the seatbelt, drive smoothly, avoid sudden braking, turn down the radio and talk calmly to him.
- Your cat may be very vocal during the journey, but usually it does not mean that he is distressed, but just expressing his dislike of the situation he is in.
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