to take your cat for a car ride in many cases can be quite unpleasant.
While a cat can experience motion sickness, for most cats they simply hate
the car. The noise, the movement, and the confusion surrounding the ride
is simply too much. Many cats spend the entire ride howling to escape.
The first consideration in riding with cats is safety, yours and theirs.
A carrier is commonly needed to keep a cat off the gas pedal, the steering
wheel, or your head. They may hate the carrier too, but most likely it
is worth the struggle to get kitty in the box. While most cats don’t
like car rides, the extent of their anxiety can very greatly. Some, while
not happy, accept their journey, others have a virtual melt down, and some
don’t mind the car that much at all. Help is particularly needed
for cats showing physical sign of stress such as shaking, vomiting, or
hyperventilating. If your cat is the one experiencing serious distress
there are a couple things that can help. First, try acclimating your cat
to the car prior to the needed ride. Put him in the car, give him food
and treats then bring him back inside. Once he adjusts to this, then try
doing it again this time also start the engine, if needed follow this with
a short ride. Some of the anxiety is likely to dissipate as your cat realizes
that he is safe and secure in the car. If he is still seriously stressed
there are herbal remedies that help pets relax, and in severe cases your
vet may even prescribe medication to ease your cat’s nerves. While
your cat may never enjoy a car ride, helping him adjust can make the ride
much more bearable for both of you.