Sunday Means Family Day, And What Better Way To Spend Time With Your Family Than Going To The Park For A Picnic?
When we say family, our dearest feline friend should also enjoy the day with us simply because pets are part of the family!
Surely, your cat will enjoy the beautiful outdoor scenery. So, are you ready to have a road trip with your cat? If not, then you’ve come to the right place!
Here are 10 tips for driving with your pet cat.
Tip #1: Check Your Cat First.
Visit your cat’s vet to check whether your cat is healthy enough to enjoy road trips with you or not. The vet will give out some pieces of advice which you’ll be needing when your cat gets carsick. Don’t forget to jot down some notes!
Tip #2: Prepare Your Cat’s Name Tag.
This is an important tip just in case your cat gets lost on a trip. Ensure that she’s wearing a name tag on her collar. The writing should be readable.
You may want to bring your cat’s photos and ID so that in the event your cat escapes, you have something to share with locals when you’re asking around.
Tip #3: Short Drives.
Don’t immediately take your cat to long drives. By driving short distances, you’re slowly acclimating her to traveling by car.
Start taking her to a trip just around the block and then home, or down the street and back. Make each trip a fun experience for your cat. This way, she’ll gradually get used to riding a car and will look forward to the next road trip.
Tip #4: Plan Your Stopovers.
If your trip takes more than 2 hours, do you think you’re going to need pee breaks? Of course, you and your cat need some! Plan your stopovers to give your cat a water break and access to her litter box.
Tip #5: Call The Hotel For Confirmation.
If you’re going on a vacation and will be staying at a hotel, you need to confirm that the hotel where you’ll be staying allows our beloved stuffed animals to come in.
Tip #6: Pack Your Cat’s Essentials.
Just like humans, cats also have their traveling essentials, which may include food and water, medicines, toys, vet info, and their litter box.
Tip #7: Never Forget To Secure A Sturdy Cat Carrier.
When traveling, safety must be your utmost priority. To protect your kitty from impacts and prevent her from going to the driver’s feet, let her stay in her cat carrier.
When choosing a cat carrier, choose a size where your cat fits just right. Carriers that are too big could cause her injury when a sudden impact happens due to braking or an accident. Make sure that the carrier’s size can let your cat sit, stand, and lie down comfortably.
To be safer, secure the cat carrier with a seat belt.
Tip #8: Get Your Cat To See Their Carrier As Their Personal Space.
If you’ve never introduced her to the cat carrier you bought for her, you may have a hard time letting her in. Train her to love her cat carrier by making it a part of her environment.
To make it easier for her to adapt, try tossing treats into it for them. This will make your cat associate the cat carrier with something she loves.
Tip #9: Never (Ever!) Leave Your Cat In The Car Alone.
Unfortunately, some pet owners do this. If you know someone who does, kindly remind them not to. Cars heat up fast, which can put your cat’s life at risk due to heat stress. Not to mention that your cat can get stolen once left unattended.
Tip #10: Make The Trip A Memorable Experience For Your Cat!
After all, trips are all about fun moments that we’ll be holding in our hearts forever.
Now that you and your cat are ready, it’s now time to plan an itinerary and visit some famous cat-friendly places! Adventure’s waiting for you!