Traveling This Summer? Ideas to Keep Your Cat Happy

If you are planning a road trip this summer that possibly includes your cat, now is the time to start putting your travel plans into gear. Summer travel may also mean taking your cat to spend time at grandma’s house while you and the family enjoy a vacation.

Pets should always be restrained in a car. When it comes to cats, a carrier is the safest way to go. The carrier should be placed somewhere in the vehicle so that in a sudden breaking situation, it doesn’t become a projectile. Thus the floor of the back seat area is a safe bet. The back seat will also work if you can use the seat belts to strain the carrier.

It’s a really good idea to have two carriers. One for trips to the vet and a second one for the fun stuff so that you cat have differentiate. Leave the carrier out and open for several weeks before its actually going to be used so that your feline can inspect it on her own terms and possibly even jump inside to snooze on her own.

Ziggy is not fond of traveling and sings loudly and non-stop. Spraying the carrier beforehand with a pheromone spray certainly helps to calm his feline nerves. The Sentry Good Behavior Calming Pheromone collar from Sergeant’s that contains all natural ingredients known for their soothing and calming effects will also help your feline feel a little less stressed both in transit and help adapt to a new environment at the destination. The efficacy of the collar is a month. It has a safety breakaway clasp making it a safe choice for both kittens and adult cats.

To make your cat feel even more comfortable on the journey, line the carrier with her favorite blanket and also add a favorite toy. Pets are just like children in this regard and feel more at home when surrounding by their belongings. Finally, it’s a good idea to cover the blanket with a puppy pee pad, just in case kitty has a little accident on the road— the Yippee Skippy Doggie Training Pads work great. Because they are disposable they are easy to remove and replace with a fresh one.

Don’t forget to take plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated. One way to ensure your cat has access to water during the journey is to freeze water in a bowl and let her lick it as it melts.

Safe travels!

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