Written by Laura J. Moss
Ask the ‘expurrts’
Before you embark on a trip with your feline friend, consult your veterinarian to ensure your pet is in good health and up to date on vaccinations and medications. If you’re planning a long excursion, you may also want to inquire about potentially treating your cat for motion sickness.
It may be tempting to have your cat curl up in your lap while you drive, but it’s safer for both of you if he or she is tucked safely into a carrier. A startled cat may dart about the vehicle or hide at your feet, creating a potentially unsafe environment for the driver. Plus, having your cat restrained in a secure carrier can help keep both of you safe in the event of a sudden stop.
Leashes aren’t just for dogs
Travelers appreciate the opportunity to stretch their legs on a road trip, but if you plan to let your kitty out of the car, find a quiet area for a pit stop. Before you hit the road, ensure your cat has a snug-fitting harness and is comfortable on a leash. Your cat should also wear a collar with up-to-date tags. However, never attach a leash to your cat’s collar as this could cause choking.