Cat Travel Safety Tips
We know our canine companions often love to go for car rides, but what our our feline friends? Yes! Cats can enjoy car rides too. When traveling with a cat there are a few things you need to keep in mind that are different than traveling with a dog. Here are 7 cat travel safety tips you need to know.
1. Do not let cats wander in the car.
A kitty on the dashboard, your lap, or loose in the car is a safety hazard to you and your pet. Your cat should be contained at all times in the vehicle. You can contain your cat in a hard carrier to help keep them as safe as possible.
2. Do not strap a hard carrier in with a seat belt.
During an impact the seat belt may cause the carrier to open which can result in your cat being ejected from the carrier. Do not strap a hard carrier in with a seat belt unless it is designed to be.
3. There is no safe way to seat belt a cat carrier in if it is not designed that way.
There are cat carriers on the market that are designed to be used with a seat belt. Do not not use a seat belt with the carrier if it is not designed to be used with one.
4. Place kitty behind the passenger seat on the floor.
Placing the carrier on the floor behind the passenger seat is a safer option instead of in the passenger seat or on the backseat.
5. Check if your cat carrier is crash test rated.
There are cat carriers on the market that have been crash tested and rated. A majority of crash tested carriers are designed to be used with seat belts. These seat belt approved carriers are the only ones you should be securing with a seat belt.
6. Do not use broken carriers.
Cat carriers can last many years if taken proper care of. If you notice your carrier is starting to crack, missing screws, or the lid doesn’t seem to fit quite right anymore you should purchase a new carrier as the structural integrity of the carrier has decreased.
7. Manage stress and distractions.
A vocal kitty can be a distraction and we want you to travel with your cat as safely as possible. If you know your cat gets anxious and vocal in the car, consider talking with your vet about a light sedative to help keep them calm to and from your destination.
Have you gone on a road trip with kitty? Let us know your travel experience in the comments or @WetNosesPetSitting