Always travel with your cat in a carrier. Helping your cat accept being in a carrier could save its life. A quick response is crucial in the event of an emergency or disaster. The carrier will help protect your cat in the event of an accident when in the car.
Your carrier should have:
- Top and front openings or doors
- Removable carrier top
- Metal door and hinges
- Enough room for your cat to lie and turn around comfortably
- Sturdy handle especially if you have a big cat
Allow your kitty to acclimate to the carrier by leaving the carrier out in a room thus encouraging kitty to play in it. Allow her to sleep in the carrier and use it as a safe haven from bigger cats in the home. When she goes into the carrier and lets you shut the door without a fuss, give her treats to show her what a good kitty she is.
Once your kitty is used to being in the carrier, take her for car rides but not to the vet’s office. As long as she is behaving acceptably on the rides, take her to a fast food restaurant, go through the drive thru, get her a meat or fish sandwich, and feed her bits of the meat or fish. Or, you can take treats from home and feed them to her as long as she is behaving well. Tell her what a good girl she is.
Now that she is recognizing the carrier as a safe haven and accepts car rides in the carrier, it is time to take her to the veterinarian’s office. This visit should be a short meet and greet only. No vaccinations or blood tests should be done. Bring special treats from home that she will only get at the veterinarian’s office to reward her if she is being a good kitty. Of course, we will praise her, love on her, and tell her how beautiful she is.
It helps to bring kitty’s favorite things from home (toys, blankets, beds) to vet visits to help her feel comfortable. Quiet voices, gentle handling, and respectful care by our knowledgeable employees will make the visit better.
If your kitty vomits on car rides, call our office for a prescription of medication that will help control motion sickness. We can also prescribe medication to help your cat relax, if needed.