Car Travel

How should I prepare my cats to travel by car?

Feline behaviorist Pam Johnson-Bennett says:
If you have enough room you can get two large pet kennels, or you can just get just one very large one if you think your cats will handle being close together. Sometimes, though, during such a new adventure, they may get testy with each other. If you've traveled before and know that they do well together, then place them in one kennel. If the kennel is big enough, place a small litter box in the back. You can get travel-size litter boxes made of cardboard. If the kennel isn't large enough, then you'll have to make several stops during the day to allow your cats access to a litter box. The pet kennels usually have a plastic dish that attaches to the grill-type door for water.

Have collars and ID on your cats with up-to-date contact information. Also, have their medical records with you in case they need veterinary care while on the road.

When you pack their food, bring along a couple containers of water. A change in water can cause diarrhea, so during the trip you'll want them to have the water they're used to. Once you get to your location, you can gradually introduce new water.

Don't forget fresh litter, a scoop and some plastic bags for litter waste.

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