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Road-Trip Tips: How to Travel With Your Cat In The Car

cat-vet-162384815_632x3531. Talk with your veterinarian

Check that your cat is healthy enough to travel and learn what to do if your cat gets carsick. Check out some preliminary ideas from this Petfinder expert Q&A. (Photo: Thinkstock)

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2. Practice makes perfect

Practice driving short distances with your cat to acclimate him to the car. (Photo: Thinkstock)


3. Check identification

Check that your cat is wearing an easy-to-read tag on his collar. Don’t forget to also check that your cat’s microchip information is up-to-date. Haven’t microchipped your cat yet? Read why microchipping is so important. (Photo: Thinkstock)


4. Plan pit stops

Plan to stop every 2-3 hours to give your cat water and access to the litter box. (Photo: Thinkstock)


5. Pack extra supplies

If your cat needs any special food or medicines, be sure to pack extra to avoid emergencies. (Photo: Thinkstock)


6. Confirm your hotels

Call and confirm that any hotels where you’ll be staying will also allow your cat. Worried about how your cat will behave in the hotel? Watch this video for tips for helping pets have safe hotel stays. (Photo: Thinkstock)


7. Prepare for stress

If your cat tends to be easily stressed, talk to your vet about possible medical help. (Photo: Thinkstock)


8. Before you drive off

Exercise your cat by playing with her before you leave. Also, give her some food and water (unless your veterinarian directs you to do otherwise). (Photo: Thinkstock)


9. Keep your cat in the carrier

Restrain your cat while in the car avoid accidents and keep him safe.Worried that your cat will hate the carrier? Try these steps to help your cat like his carrier at the start of your travel planning. (Photo: Thinkstock)


10. Never leave your cat in the car!

Cars heat up fast and in only a matter of minutes your cat’s life could be in danger. Click on the image above to learn more about why you should never leave a pet in a car.

road trip with a cat poster

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12. Tell us!

Comment below to share how you’ll keep your cat safe on your next road trip! Then, click the picture above to explore more Summer Pet Safety materials.

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