If you decide to take your feline along with you on your rental car, be it for a long drive or short trip, you need to prepare both yourself and your cat. It is a known fact that they are often not the most relaxed travelers, thereby creating a stressful situation for both of you. Lucky for you, there are a few ways through which you can easily handle the situation, making it a pleasant experience for you and your cat. We discuss these seven handy tips below.
Check If the Hotel Permits Pets
If you plan on staying in a hotel, the first thing you should do is check whether they allow pets in the room. It will then give you the peace of mind against being turned away, especially after a long and tiring drive with your four-legged friend.
Conduct Test Drives
Just like humans, cats, too, can experience motion sickness, especially if they are not used to being in the car. In order to have them accustomed to the sensation, it is best to take them on short trips. It is also an excellent opportunity to make use of the carrier and test it out to see if it works for them. If your furry pal dislikes car rides, you can switch your approach and opt to spend time with them in the car without actually driving. It allows them to explore the vehicle and rub its scent on the furnishings, thereby creating familiarity. Giving them a treat after conducting the test will help provide them a positive association with your car rental.
Consult with Your Veterinarian
If you have any specific concerns regarding traveling with your cat, it is advisable to consult your vet. They are likely to provide you with advice on how to keep them calm and also ensure the cat is healthy enough for long drives. Also, don't forget to carry any medications (if required) to prevent any mishaps along the way.
Carry A Carrier
Given the nature of cats, they are surely going to be a distraction while you are driving. For that, we recommend using a carrier, which is cozy but also large enough for them to move comfortably. To keep them company during the trip, you can put their favorite toy along, thereby preventing anxiety or restlessness.
Maintain Optimal Temperature
If you are heading out during summer, ensure the optimal temperature of the air conditioner to prevent them from feeling hot and uncomfortable. Likewise, during the winter season, ensure to keep a warm blanket in their carrier. That being said, irrespective of the season, you should never leave your cat alone in the car. The temperature inside can instantly soar up, thereby putting their health at risk.
Add A Name Tag
The last thing you would want on your trip is for your cat to escape and then to worry about them being unable to be identified. While most people opt for microchipping, we suggest getting a name tag with your contact information on it instead, indicating that he/she is not a stray cat. People can then easily get in touch with you.
Make Several Pit Stops
If you are heading for a long drive, we suggest making several stops in order to take them out of the carrier for a little playtime. However, it would be best to conduct it in an enclosed space, therefore avoiding any accident or escape attempts. Alternatively, these pit stops could be used to offer them food and drinks. Ensure to carry extra food and beverages as well as plastic bowls.