In general, cats prefer not to travel. Most cats do not like a change of scenery and the car stresses them. Especially when they have to go inside the carrier or cage. We already told you the tricks to travel with dogs , so today we bring you a practical guide to basic recommendations if you have to make a long trip with cats . It is not easy, but following these tips will have no problem.
- The cat in the carrier
Although this detail should be met in general, still people carrying their pets loose in the car. A cat champion at ease around the cabin, except that it is forbidden, can be dangerous, not only by sudden braking, but for any unexpected reaction likely to have the cat and we endanger the wheel. Therefore, always use a carrier.
Most veterinarians recommend agrees rigid grids and kennels because they are safer. Regarding the placement of them, it is best to place the cat carrier on a seat , secured with seat belt, or else on the floor between the front and rear seats , so that the box is secure, but the animal can breathe without difficulty, away from the jets of air conditioning.
- Do you feel you are in a familiar place
The main problems usually have cats in a car are usually due to unfamiliarity with the vehicle .Spend many hours in a new place, unable to perform your daily routine, it can cause stress and anxiety in cats.
Therefore, the best thing is that you make a couple of previous trips , short, to begin to familiarize with the environment. In addition, we must accustom to use their carrier slowly. One thing I usually do is leave it open in the middle of the room during the weeks to become more familiar.
- It offers quiet
There is no worse combination than a long journey, loud music and a cat on board. They are usually quiet animals, but with a slow adaptation to environment. Therefore, it should make it easy and avoid creating an atmosphere in which predominates the noise.
Play music with a rather low volume and tries to prevent noise generated by the windows down. It is possible that the animal mew the beginning of the trip and even for much of the journey. Therefore, it is advisable to talk from time to time on a calm tone to calm and never get the carrier.
- For every two hours
Usually in long journeys should make stops to rest and stretch your legs. Some drivers skip these rules, which is not advisable and if we board a cat, because it is necessary to stop so you can drink water and use your sandbox .
Yes, it is very important that the cat does not leave the car , so it can happen. Nor should leave him alone in the car because they can suffer a sudden temperature change, as they are very sensitive to these changes.
- Sedatives and pheromones for seasickness
Environment changes, sudden movements or sudden changes in temperature can cause seasickness felines.
One way that you can avoid this is to place the carrier on the ground , so that it cannot see out the window and reduce dizziness. If you still did not manage to reassure it, we can also supply you a mild sedative to calm down the animal, or even be sprayed by synthetic pheromones cat inside the car , half an hour before starting the journey. Both pheromones as tranquilizers, you can get at any vet .
- Food three hours before departure
Another aspect to bear in mind is that as far as possible, should not alter the timing of meals of our pet. So try that stops matching your usual eating schedule. Also, I feed him three hours before the trip begins to reduce their sense of discomfort and dizziness.