Tabby cat siting on console in car. Car safety for cats.

Cats can get seriously injured inside a moving car. Keep your cat safe when traveling in any vehicle.

Car safety for cats is important.

The spring and summer months inspire many people's desire to travel with their pets. Car safety for cats is important to know about before you load up and hit the road. Vacation is not just for the dogs any more. Feline pet owners are gaining ground on the travel fun with their furry friends.

Before you travel consider these safety tips

  • Get your cat used to being in the cat carrier: Prepare your cat to travel in the carrier.  Cats do not like change or new things.  The more you make the carrier a part of your cat's everyday life, the more familiar and comfortable it will be for them.  Consider taking your cat in the carrier on short trips driving locally before taking them on any big trips.
  • Microchip identification: You never know when a situation will arise that a frightened cat will get lost. The safest identification is a microchip.  Update your information with the company that has your cat's microchip registration on file.  Consider a collar or harness with identification as well.
  • Pack a bag for your cat:  Your cat should have their regular food, some bottled water, a litter box, treats, toys, and grooming supplies.  All of these items, including bowls and towels should be familiar and used daily.  New items can make your cat be more scared about traveling.
  • Choose your cat carrier carefully: A large enough and well ventilated carrier is important.  Cats can be thrown around inside a car if not safely secured. The safest place to put your carrier is on the floor behind the front passenger or driver seat. To learn more about safe cat carriers click here.
  • Your Veterinarian:  Before your leave, discuss with your veterinarian any other things you can do to make your traveling feline more comfortable.  There may be medication recommended for motion sickness that may make the journey better for your furry friend. Always be certain your cat's vaccinations are up to date and carry a copy of your cat's health records with you.

During your trip

  • Hot cars equal sick animals:  Never leave your pet in a parked car.  The warm weather outside can make your car become an oven in seconds.  The cold weather can make for a very uncomfortable pet very quickly. For more information about hot cars click here.
  • When to feed your cat before leaving:  Give a small meal 4-6 hours prior to travel.  Have water available at all times.  Allow your cat to use the litter box before travel.  Make frequent stops along the way and allow for litter box use.
  • Destination comfort for your cat: Once you arrive at your destination set up a comfortable area for your cat's food, water, litter and bedding.  The unfamiliar location will be stressful enough, but the familiar items will help your feline feel secure.

Car safety for cats is important.  When traveling with your cat, knowing these simple tips will help make your adventure safe and fun.