Most owners of pets view their pets as their fur babies, they literally become part of the family. If you and your family are looking to go on a road trip with your cat and are looking for ways to make the journey as hassle-free as possible, look no further as we have some top tips on how to have the best road trip with your cat.
Make sure your car is suitable for the journey
You may want to consider whether there is enough room in your car for you, your family and your cat to travel comfortably together. If your car doesn’t have enough space for everyone to sit together, you may decide to sell my car online so you can purchase a car which fits your car journey requirements.
Use a cat carrier or a cat car seat
If you are going to travel in the car with your cat, it is essential that you have some sort of carrier or a car seat which keeps your furry friend safe and still in the car. It is very dangerous for you and for your cat to be jumping around in the vehicle when you are trying to drive, as it would be a big distraction for you and your cat will be at risk of major injuries if you were to sharply brake or even be involved in a car accident, so yes in-car safety is of paramount importance for you and your cat.
In the UK, there is a law which states that you must use a cat carrier, seat belt or harness to secure your cat inside your car, if you fail to do so and if you get caught you can face a fine of up to £2,500!
Have an in-car litter tray if it is going to be a long journey
If you are going to be travelling with your fur baby for a considerable amount of time, you may want to consider having a litter tray in your car in case your car needs to go to the toilet during your journey, there is nothing worse than having nasty pet odours in a car and it certainly may put future car buyers off if there is permanent stains/odours, so the best way to prevent this from happening is to have a litter tray handy, as it is better to be safe than sorry.
Use catnip as a relaxer
If your cat is a fan of catnip, then you can use it as a bribe to keep your cat calm and happy during your car journey, after all, there is nothing worse than having a screeching unruly cat on your car journey. Catnip is a completely natural and herb based relaxant, so it is harmless to try this on your cat.
Make sure your car is not too hot or too cold
It is important to make sure your car is at a good temperature. Your car should not be too hot or too cold, treat the inside of your car, how you would treat the temperature of your home, as you do not want your cat to feel uncomfortable in a different temperature. However, you can always bring blankets or fans to make sure your cat is comfortable during a journey, depending on the weather conditions of that day.
Visit your vet for advice regarding relaxing medication
If your cat has had previous bad experiences with travelling, you may want to consider visiting your vet for some advice on whether your cat should be medicated for the journey. Some vets will offer a short term medication to keep your cat sedated on your road trip.
We hope you have enjoyed our guide on going on a road trip with your cat. It is always best to take care and be patient whilst travelling with your cat. It is a good idea to do your research before setting off on your journey. We wish you the best of luck for your road trip with your cat.