Keeping Your Cat Calm in the Car

Cats may be small, but these little furballs are big on personality. In fact, Fluffy and her friends can be quite opinionated! Your pet may show distinct preferences for napping spots, cuddle positions, and how she likes to be petted or played with. Kitties can also make it clear when they dislike something. Car rides, for instance, are not very popular with the majority of our feline friends. Your cat may bolt the moment she sees her carrier, and may meow pitifully the entire time she’s in the car. Read on as a local Carmel, IN veterinarian offers some tips for keeping cats calm on car rides.


If your furry pal only sees her carrier when it’s time to go to the vet, well, let’s just say she may not form the best association with it. (We know we’re not exactly Fluffy’s favorite place to visit, but we don’t take it purrsonally. While we have the utmost concern for our feline patients’ health and well-being, we do understand that kitties may not see it that way.) Keep the carrier out at all times, and make it inviting by adding a soft blanket and some toys.

The Car

Try not to feed your feline buddy just before bringing her on a car ride, as she may get an upset stomach. Your cat may shed furiously on the ride, so you may want to put a blanket down on your car seat. For safety purposes, Fluffy should always travel in a carrier. Letting a kitty roam about the car is very dangerous: your pet could interfere with the driver, or set off the power window control!

Soothing Your Pet

While driving, keep the radio on low, and talk to your cat in a soothing tone of voice. Your feline pal may meow plaintively to express her distress. Try to find a good station for your furball to sing along to. If your kitty gets extremely distraught in the car, ask your vet about using cat-calming products, such as sprays or collars. When you get home, give your furry friend a special treat, like a bit of tuna or chicken, and perhaps a new toy, and spend some quiet time with her.

Do you have any questions or concerns about caring for your cat? We can help! Contact us, your local Carmel, IN veterinarian, anytime!

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