With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays just around the corner many people will be traveling by car to visit family and friends.If however, those plans include taking your kitty with you, you may want to think again. Kitties do not like car travel. Now there are exceptions to the rule of course, but most felines do not like to go for car rides. Your better bet would be to hire a professional pet sitter to come in and care for the kitty at your home or perhaps get a responsible friend or neighbor to take on the task.
If leaving the cat at home is not an option, here are some important tips to keep the kitty safe and make the trip less stressful for all of you:
1) the safest way for the kitty to travel is in a crate or carrier.
2) make sure the cat is wearing an up to date ID tag just in case he gets out of the car when you are making a pit stop
3) be sure to bring a travel kit for the kitty including its food, some fresh water, bowls, a litter box, scooper, extra litter, plastic bags,toys, and a pet first aid kit.
4) if the cat has never been in the car before, take some short test drives with him before the big travel day to get him used to being in the car and feeling safe.
5) since car travel cam be very stressful for the cat, consider using some holistic herbs to calm him down, such as Comfort Zone, Rescue Remedy, Feliway spray etc. These can be purchased at any quality pet store.
6) reassure your kitty whenever you can that all is well by using soothing conversation and gentle petting when appropriate.
7) keep the car's temperature comfortable for the kitty- not too hot or cold.
Most importantly, be sure to stay calm yourself. Kitties are very perceptive and can pick up on your anxiety very easily. The calmer you are, the calmer your kitty will be.