1. Travelling with the cat

Travelling with the cat

Share on 2018-07-09
For most cats, the journey by car is an unpleasant experience. But with the right preparations, the stress for you and your cat can be reduced to a minimum.

Correct transport

According to road traffic regulations, animals are considered "cargo" and must be secured. It is equally dangerous for you and your pet if your cat is released in the car. A transport box offers your cat the greatest possible safety. It should be stable and have a large opening. For timid cats it is a good idea to use a transport box where the entire upper part can be removed so that the cat can be lifted out more easily at the vet. For longer journeys the box should have enough space to stretch out.

Make preparations

To get your cat used to the box, it should be placed in the flat days before the journey. Thus your quadruped has the possibility to get used to it in his own speed. To make the box more attractive, you can equip it with his favourite blanket, a toy or a piece of clothing with the smell of you. To minimise visual stimuli, the box can be covered with a cloth on the way to the car.

During the drive

The transport box must be well secured during the journey. Clamped between the front seat and the back seat, your cat is protected from strong movements and is also visually shielded, which reassures many cats. If the box is strapped to the seat, it must be placed crosswise to the direction of travel and have appropriate slots for the belt. This allows eye contact with you, which can also reassure your cat.

For longer journeys: Never leave your cat alone in the car and always take sufficient breaks.