Road T(r)ips: 6 Tips for Traveling with Your Cat

2019 05 23 blog cat in car on road trip

By Madeline Klein

Dog or cat? That is the age-old question. Or at least one of them, probably. If you answered cat to that question, this blog is for you!

We know traveling with a pet can be hard, especially if your four-legged friend happens to be a cat. Cats can get extremely stressed when on the road and can make for a hard road trip. To hopefully make your life just a little bit easier, we’ve gathered some tips for your next trip with them.

1. Keep them in a carrier

Cats like to feel secure, so a carrier can be a great way to help them feel comfortable in the car. The carrier will also help keep them as safe as possible on your journey. You can test out different places to keep the carrier to see what your cat prefers. One option may be to set them on the floor of the passenger’s seat. It’s close to you and a little more enclosed for them.

2. Update their tags and microchips

Life happens fast. It’s hard to remember to always update your pet’s microchip and tags with new addresses or phone numbers. Before hitting the road with your furry friend, make sure you look at those tags and microchips. In the off-chance they do get out, you want to have a way for a vet to contact you.

3. Plan pit stops

Cats don’t need to stop as often as a dog would. But, if you happen to be on a particularly long road trip, you may want to stop every 4-6 hours. You can let the cat out of the carrier to run around the car. You’ll also want to give them access to a litter box. There are disposable options that can be lifesavers on a road trip.

4. Go on a test run

Before leaving the house for who knows how long, take your cat on a few short trips in the car. This will help get your cat acclimated to riding, and hopefully, be a little more comfortable when it comes time for the big trip.

5. Hold off on feeding

The morning of a trip, don’t feed your cat. It may sound mean, but they would thank you later if they could. The ride will probably make them uneasy enough, so you don’t want a full breakfast bouncing around their bellies on top of that. Feed them a little during a pit stop, or if you can, wait until you get to your destination.

6. Pack some toys

This one may be obvious, but don’t forget your cat’s favorite toys. They can help your cat pass the time, and can distract them from an unpleasant time in the car.

Get ready for a happy ride

Cats tend to get left behind for most trips, but that doesn’t mean they always have to be. These tips can help you make the most of a road trip with your feline friend that will hopefully leave you both happy at the end of your ride, no matter where your road trip destination is.

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Madeline Klein is Say's Digital Content Producer. She graduated from the University of Missouri with a Bachelor of Journalism, emphasis in Strategic Communication. Her experience is in writing and digitial media. Madeline loves using her creativity to write and design new and exciting pieces of work for Say!

Posted May 29, 2019 in Life Hacks.