Sammy the Cat is a 9 year old boy that gets very stressed while travelling in the car. He meows constantly, drools, and pants most of the trip whether it is 15 minutes or 2 hours. Although many cats do very well with travel, there are many cats as anxious as Sammy and need some help to make the travel more manageable for them and their worried kitty parents. Some people think actual sedation is the only option.
When my cats leave the house, they are in a carrier. It really isn’t optional. It is truly the only safe way to transport cats for veterinary appointments, travel or in emergency situations. Humans should not try to deal with a panicked cat who’s teeth and claws can turn into lethal weapons. The cat has a safe place during a potentially scary and stressful time.
Here are some tips to do the carrier thing properly: