Not into leaving your cat home with a sitter when you go on vacation? Take your cat on a road trip! Here are a few tips on how to take your cat on a road trip.
Use a cat carrier
Keeping your cat in a moving car without restraint can be dangerous for both you and your cat; they can be distracting while driving and fly around the car if you stop suddenly or get into an accident. It is safest in a cat carrier, and there are cat carriers that are crash-test certified.
Acclimate your cat to the car
Your cat needs to get used to the car. You can take your cat in the carrier for short drives before your road trip. Include an interactive toy with treats to keep their content in the car.
Buckle them in
Use the back seat and the seatbelt on the cat carrier to keep it stable while driving.
Test them out
You may find your cat enjoys the vibration from the running car. Test other things like the air conditioner or heater and music on the radio to see if your cat is stressed or comfortable with these changes in their environment.
Potty on the go
It is probably an as good idea to invest in a good travel litter box with odor control and low dust. To ensure your cat doesn’t escape your car when you stop to potty, you can use a harness with a leash to keep them from running off.
Microchip them before you go
Finally, as a precaution, your cat can be microchipped at the vet to help if your cat is lost