Cats don’t like traveling very much, but using pheromones, tying their cage in the car, and keeping them nauseated are some strategies that can help them.
The majority of felines do not like travel and many prefer to stay at home during the holidays, cared for by a friend or a professional. But how to travel with a cat once you have chosen a suitable cage for it? There are strategies that help reduce stress, not only when on vacation but also when moving house. Some ideas? We are going to explain to you here, in 6 steps, where to put your cage, why it is better not to shout and mute the music, how to avoid nausea and why to use pheromones for cats combined with mild painkillers, so that the journey is more peaceful for the animal.
1. Traveling with a caged cat in the car
Safe travel with a cat involves choose a good transport cage. The majority of veterinarians recommend those that are rigid and have a mesh, as they are safer.
But where to place the cage in the vehicle? If possible, on the ground, securely fastened, behind the front seats. It is important to ensure that the cat will not be placed in a draft of air conditioning or directly facing the heating.
Another option? On the car back seat: the receptacle must be securely fastened with a seat belt, so as not to move in the event of sudden braking. And, of course, he must always be closed (be careful, because some open easily and can be dangerous in the event of sudden braking) so that the feline cannot move in the car.
2. Cats and cars: a possible friendship?
Traveling with your cat by car before the holidays can help calm him down.
Cat trips by car are less stressful if the animal gets used to the vehicle before the holidays. “A good tip for traveling with felines in the car is to introduce an edible reward in the cage and to take small trips with the animal during the weeks preceding the trip.“concludes a long cat behavior study conducted by the University of Ohio (USA).
3. Speak softly and mute the music
Road trips with felines should be quiet. the volume of the music player or radio must be low and the windows of the vehicle fully closedto prevent the noises of the road from terrorizing them even more.
The cat will meow at the beginning of the journey and perhaps even throughout the duration of it. Therefore it is advisable to talk to him quietly to calm him down and not to let him out of the cage because it could be dangerous for him and for the rest of the travelers.
What’s the best way to ventilate a car when a cat is traveling in it? Air conditioning or air conditioners, because they are not noisy and allow the vehicle to maintain an adequate temperature for all occupants, pets included.
4. Breaks without getting out of the car.
Long trips with a cat, which exceed two hours on the road, must necessarily include breaks. A break is a good time for the animal to try to relieve itself, if it wishes. And one covered bin will be a good ally. “During long trips, it is necessary to take breaks so that the feline drinks water and has the possibility of using its tank.although it doesn’t always do so,” says the International Cat Care Association.
But it is very important that the cat does not get out of the car, even if he insists. Neither with a leash nor with a harness. A stressed cat is unpredictable and can easily slip out of the harness. Letting the animal out of the car involves dangers – among others, that it gets lost.
But beware! You should never leave him alone in the car and even less in summer. The rapidity with which the temperature rises in a vehicle should not be underestimated because the felines also suffer from heatstroke and these can be deadly to them.
5. Painkillers and pheromones
If your cat is car sick, you should feed it three hours before the trip and use tranquilizers or pheromones.
Before the trip, it is not superfluous to go to the veterinarian because he can prescribe a light tranquilizer for felines (some come in the form of easy-to-use pipettes) which will allow your cat to approach the trip more calmly.
“In addition, before traveling with cats, it is advisable to spray vehicles half an hour before with synthetic feline pheromones“, add the experts. These hormones allow the cat to travel more quietly in the vehicle. They can be found in any veterinary center.
6. How to prevent your cat from feeling nauseous?
Some felines get sick when they travel by car. This is sometimes a consequence of stress. In this case, the fact of placing the cage on the floor helps reduce nausea – if care is taken to ensure that the area is well ventilated and away from the heating duct if the trip takes place in winter – between the front and rear seats. Thus, they will not be able to see out the window and the nausea will reduce.
Anyway, the cats should eat like d‘habit, because each change in diet can increase their feeling of unease and nausea. But it is important “give food to the feline at least three hours before the trip“add other experts.
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