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How to Keep Cats Safe in a Car

Most cats don’t have the word "joyride" in their vocabulary, but you can get them on board with a little TLC and preparation.


  • Step 1: Choose a carrier Buy a well-ventilated, hard-plastic pet carrier that is large enough for your cat to stand up and turn around in.
  • Step 2: Line the carrier Line the carrier with absorbent bedding that will make your cat more comfortable as well as soak up any accidents.
  • Step 3: Practice Familiarize your cat with the carrier by practicing at home and with short trips in the car.
  • TIP: Place a favorite toy or blanket inside the carrier to help your cat feel more comfortable.
  • Step 4: Feed the cat Feed your cat three to four hours before your trip and do not feed them while on the road.
  • Step 5: Secure the carrier Secure the carrier with the vehicle's seatbelt.
  • Step 6: Don’t remove Leave the cat in the carrier for the duration of the ride, postponing feeding or litter box use until you have reached your destination.
  • Step 7: Never leave alone Never leave your cat alone in the car. Vehicles quickly absorb heat or cold, and extreme temperatures can be lethal.
  • Step 8: Identify the cat Tag your cat with an identification microchip, available from your vet. Place a collar and your contact information around the cat’s neck when traveling.
  • FACT: Abraham Lincoln's cat, Tabby, was the first White House cat.

You Will Need

  • A cat carrier
  • Absorbent bedding
  • A portable litter box
  • A microchip
  • A cat collar with ID tags
  • A familiar toy or blanket (optional)

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