Sedating cats for car travel

See our information on how to choose and use a cat carrier.

Also consider the weather you will be travelling in – both your present situation and the likely temperature of your destination.

Most cats are not particularly happy travellers – they are usually bonded strongly to their own territory and feel very vulnerable off home ground.

It can be very dangerous to have a cat loose in the car – not only could it cause an accident by becoming entangled with the driver, but if a window or door was opened or an accident occurred, the cat could escape and become lost.

You will need to invest in a carrier which is strong and easy to clean should the cat urinate or defecate or become sick during the journey.

Above all, the best thing you can do to ease your cat's anxiety is to make sure that he is properly crate-trained.

The more comfortable your cat is with his crate, the less anxious he will be during travel, and the less likely that he will show aggression at the airport.

Cats, being the skittish creatures they are, may try to hide themselves in places of the car that can cause a dangerous situation (like under the brake pedal).

A frantic cat may scratch people in the car and run around in an attempt to escape.

If you wish to take your cat on a train/car or air journey you will have to ensure it is safely and comfortably secure in an appropriate carrier and is kept confined at the end of the journey, at least until it has become bonded to the new territory.

Of course you get the occasional cat which travels frequently with its owner and does not panic or run off in a new environment, however, these are few and far between.

Cats who feel they are in danger may also begin to cry or howl, which can cause a lot of added stress to the driver.

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