I need to take my cat, Molly, on a car trip that will last three-and-a-half hours. What can you suggest that will prevent her from becoming anxious?
From the Editors of The Daily Cat
Before your actual car trip, spend some time getting Molly
accustomed to riding in the car. Gently place her in a carrier and take
her on short drives around the block. These very short outings will
help her get comfortable with the motion of the vehicle without it
lasting long enough to cause much anxiety. After each training session,
give her a treat if she's motivated by food, or conduct a fun play
session with her. Gradually increase the travel distance every few
When you do take the long trip, bring a light sheet with you to
cover the carrier if Molly hyperventilates (often it's the sight of the
scenery whizzing by that disorients a cat). You should also line the
carrier with a towel in case she has an accident. Bring extra towels as
well so you can reline the carrier with a fresh one if needed. Don't
forget a plastic bag for the soiled towels.