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August 29, 2010

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You see people traveling with a dog, but you probably don’t see people traveling with their cat.  Cats just don’t get to go to as many places as dogs.  The dog park or any park probably isn’t the best place to take your cat.  It would probably be scary for your cat to take him to the pet store.  And he probably wouldn’t ride well in the car anyway.

But there are times when a cat needs to travel in the car – like when going to the vet.  Or perhaps when you need to move and you don’t want to leave your cat behind.  But a cat left unrestrained can be more dangerous than a dog.  Cats are curious.  And they may want to investigate every part of the car, including under your feet where the brake and accelerator is.

So how can you keep your cat restrained in the car?  He probably won’t tolerate a dog seat belt.  And most dog seat belt harnesses won’t fit anyway.  But there is hope.  Consider a crate or enclosed pet car seat.  A crate can be strapped in with the Kennel Straps Car Restraint System for additional safety.  A pet car seat, like the Roll-Around Pet Carrier, can also be strapped in for safety.

If your cat is not used to a crate, it may be a bit stressful for him.  But it would be much safer for both him and you.  If you need to travel a long distance with your cat try practicing at home first.  Put him in a good-sized create for a few minutes several times a day, then increase the time as your cat becomes more comfortable.  Put his toys and favorite treats or food in there with him.  The sooner you start practicing at home, the sooner you can take your cat on trips with greater ease.

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3 Responses to “How Can I Keep My Cat Safe While Traveling In The Car?”

  1. pet food directory:

    This is my first time i visit here. I found so many interesting stuff in your blog especially its discussion. From the tons of comments on your articles, I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! keep up the good work

  2. shauna james:

    I’m really glad you didn’t forget about cats for pet travel. My cat rides in her carrier. I will have to look into those kennel straps I saw on your site. What a great idea!

  3. Jill Sharp:

    Most people don’t think about their cat riding in the car… until they take him to the vet. It’s a good idea to have a carrier for your cat anyway. Not just for riding in the car, but for a fire emergency as well. Fire alarm goes off, get the family out, put your cat in the carrier, and get out.