- 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)