Most cats do not enjoy traveling in a car – or any type of traveling for that matter. However, there are going to be circumstances whereby this is a necessity, for example, if you are moving home or you want to take your cat on holiday with you. With that being said, in this blog post, we are going to provide you with some great tips on traveling with your cat. So, let’s take a look…
Introduce the option slowly – If you are planning on taking a long journey with your cat, it is a good idea to introduce this possibility slowly. For example, take a short trip around the block, and then go home. You can then take a trip around your local area, and so on. This will help your cat to get used to the idea, which is important for long car journeys.
Combine with crate training – Another tip when it comes to traveling with your cat is to combine this with crate training. Once your pet accepts the vehicle as her or territory, you should then place your cat in the carrier and put it on the back seat. This is important because it needs to be aware of airbag danger. Once you have done this, turn off the motor. Again, build it up slowly, starting the motor without going anywhere first so your cat gets used to it. Once your pet gets used to this, you will find it a lot easier to travel successfully.
Invest in a cat camera – There are lots of great accessories on the market today for pet owners. One good example of this is a pet camera for cats. This will help you to keep an eye on your cat while you are traveling, enabling you to see whether it is in distress or needs some attention.
Let your cat explore your vehicle – Another tip is to let your cat sniff around the car and explore it. Of course, you will want to make sure your cat does not cause any damage. However, a good five minutes of exploring will allow your cat to get used to the environment, reassuring him or her that it is a safe place to be.
Add comfort – Last but not least, you want to make sure your cat associates your car with comfort. You can do this by adding your cat’s bed, blanket, or anything else that will make your cat feel cozy.
So there you have it: some useful tips if you are going to be traveling with your cat. If you follow the tips that have been presented above, you can give yourself the best chance of a smooth and stress-free journey. After all, anything that can make your cat feel more at ease is a good thing, right?