Does your cat get anxious before travel? Here are a few tips you can try to reduce the stress of transporting your cat.
1. Make sure your cat is comfortable, but safe in their cat carrier. Keep your cat restrained in the car to avoid accidents. Although you might be tempted to let your cat roam free; your cat will be more comfortable confined to a carrier and driving will be safer. Choose a sturdy carrier large enough to allow your cat to stand up and stretch. For the most security, be sure to buckle the carrier in with the seat belt. The carrier should have an easily removable top as discussed in our last article on cat carriers. Check out our recent blog on Choosing the Right Cat Carrier.
2. To reduce stress during transport, mist your car interior with a few sprays of anxiety-reducing pheromone (we like the Feliway Classic Spray or browse their entire product line) about an hour before you leave. Once the carrier is secured with a seatbelt in your vehicle, cover it with a towel to reduce visual stimulation and keep your beloved feline feeling safe and cozy. Try to drive smoothly, and keep the interior quiet by turning the radio off and refraining from honking your horn. Cold air from the AC shouldn’t blow directly into the carrier. Our clinic is conveniently located in the centre of Kamloops, but it’s always a good idea to figure out your route in advance!
3. Your pet should travel on an empty stomach because they can experience motion sickness and could vomit enroute – even for short trips or to come to an appointment at The Cat Hospital. Give your cat a meal when you return home and some cat treats as a reward. They deserve it after their adventurous day!
4. Practice! It’s always good to randomly practice putting your cat in their carrier, even if you let them out right away. Quick trips around the block – whether you are on the North or South Shore of Kamloops – will help your cat with the experience. The more positive interactions with the carrier, the car, and traveling, the better your cat will handle them.
5. Don’t be discouraged if your cat doesn’t ever enjoy traveling. There are many medical options for cats that have severe anxiety during their trip or while visiting us. Be sure to ask our knowledgeable veterinarians about recommendations for travel anxiety.
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Although they might be challenging, regular appointments with a vet are vital to your cat’s health. During routine medical checkups, issues may be found and addressed early before larger problems occur (such as dental problems). When your feline friend needs medical care, visit the only cat clinic in Kamloops that offers a full list of services to keep your cat healthy. We provide wellness exams, orthopedic surgery, soft tissue surgery, dental care, diagnostics, spaying and neutering. Remember to ask us about anti-anxiety pheromone spray.