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|15 Useful Tips for Travelling With Your Cat by Car
When it comes to road trips, cats are not always the best companions. For most cats, the idea of road tripping is both scary and
unwelcomed. But if you wish to make it as comfortable as possible, take into account our these simple and useful tips. Learn all the tricks
that will transform a scary car ride into a pleasant adventure for both you and your beloved feline companion.
1. The first extremely important rule any cat owner must remember when taking the pet on a car ride is to bring along a cat carrier. When
driving you dont want to be distracted if your cat decides to start exploring the car.
2. Place the carrier in a spot where you will not be distracted by the cats sounds and movements and that will not risk getting your cat
injured in case of a sudden stop or swerve.
3. Hydration is very important, cats tend to get dehydrated very easily. To overcome this, pack a bottle of water and a water bowl and fill it
every time you stop for a break.
4. Feed your cat only with dry food instead of wet food. Also, try not to feed your cat until you reach your desired destination. Some cats
experience car-sickness during long rides.
5. Pack a first aid kit because you can never be too careful. This kit should always contain an anti-diarrhea medicine, bandages and an anti-
6. You should also pack paper towels, plastic trash bags and a disinfectant. You never know when you might need them.
7. Dont forget to also pack your cats favorite toy or blanket. It will give your cat something to play with during the ride and a sense of security.
8.You could also take a waterproof blanket to use in case of potty accidents. Put the blanket on your car seats and place the carrier on top
9. During the ride, make sure your cat receives enough fresh air. Simply crack open a car window.
10. If youre travelling during hot summer days, NEVER leave your cat alone in the car with the windows closed, not even for a few minutes.
11. Same thing applies if youre travelling during winter. If the temperature is too low, the cat might catch a cold.
12. Whenever you make car stops, take your cat out of the car for a quick breath of fresh air, using a leash and harness.
13. Buy a feline pheromone spray from your local pet store and use it whenever you need to calm the mood.
14. Dont carry your cat in pick-up trucks. Make sure that the car windows and doors are closed at all times.
15. During the journey, the cat might start vocalizing. This is perfectly normal, so dont panic. Youll see that once the cat gets accustomed to
the ride, it will eventually clam down and stop crying.
Keep these tips in mind and your journey will be much more comfortable both for your furry friend and for you
Bringing Your New Dog Home
Preparation and patience are key to building a happy relationship
The key to helping your new dog make a successful adjustment to your home is being prepared and being patient. It can take anywhere
from two days to two months for you and your pet to adjust to each other. The following tips can help ensure a smooth transition.
First, gather your dog's supplies
Prepare the things your dog will need in advance. You'll need a collar and leash, food and water bowls, food, and, of course, some toys.
And don't forget to order an identification tag right away.
Establish house rules in advance
Work out your dog-care regimen in advance among the human members of your household. Who will walk the dog first thing in the
morning? Who will feed him at night? Will Fido be allowed on the couch, or won't he? Where will he rest at night? Are there any rooms in
the house that are off-limits?
Plan your dog's arrival
Try to arrange the arrival of your new dog for a weekend or when you can be home for a few days. Get to know each other and spend some
quality time together. Don't forget the jealousy factor—make sure you don't neglect other pets and people in your household!
Be prepared for housetraining
Assume your new dog is not housetrained, and work from there. Read over the housetraining information given to you at the time of
adoption and check out our housetraining tips for puppies or adult dogs. Be consistent, and maintain a routine. A little extra effort on your
part to come home straight from work each day will pay off in easier, faster housetraining.
Make sure all your pets are healthy
Animal shelters take in animals with widely varying backgrounds, some of whom have not been previously vaccinated. Inevitably, despite
the best efforts of shelter workers, viruses can be spread and may occasionally go home with adopted animals. If you already have dogs or
cats at home, make sure they are up-to-date on their shots and in good general health before introducing your new pet dog.
Take your new dog to the veterinarian within a week after adoption. There, he will receive a health check and any needed vaccinations. If
your dog has not been spayed or neutered, make that appointment! There are already far too many homeless puppies and dogs; don't let
your new pet add to the problem. Most likely, the shelter will require that you have your pet spayed or neutered anyway. If you need more
information about why it is so important to spay or neuter your dog, read our online information on spaying and neutering.
Give your dog a crate
A crate may look to you like the canine equivalent of a jail cell, but to your dog, who instinctively likes to den, it's a room of his own. It makes
housetraining and obedience-training easier and saves your dog from the headache of being yelled at unnecessarily for problem behavior.
Of course, you won't want to crate your dog all day or all night, or he will consider it a jail cell. Just a few, regular hours a day should be
The crate should not contain wire where his collar or paws can get caught, and should be roomy enough to allow your dog to stand up, turn
around, and sit comfortably in normal posture. More on crate training »
If a crate isn't an option, consider some sort of confinement to a dog-proofed part of your home. A portion of the kitchen or family room can
serve the purpose very well. (A baby gate works perfectly.)
Use training and discipline to create a happy home
Dogs need order. Let your pet know from the start who is the boss. When you catch him doing something he shouldn't, don't lose your cool.
Stay calm, and let him know immediately, in a loud and disapproving voice, that he has misbehaved. Reward him with praise when he
does well, too! Sign up for a local dog obedience class, and you'll learn what a joy it is to have a well-trained dog. Also be sure to read our
tip sheet on training your dog with positive reinforcement.
Let the games begin
Dogs need an active life. That means you should plan plenty of exercise and game time for your pet. Enjoy jogging or Frisbee? You can bet
your dog will, too. If running around the park is too energetic for your taste, try throwing a ball or a stick, or just going for a long walk
together. When you take a drive in the country or visit family and friends, bring your dog and a leash along.
Be patient and enjoy the results
Finally, be reasonable in your expectations. Life with you is a different experience for your new companion, so give him time to adjust. You'll
soon find out that you've made a friend for life. No one will ever greet you with as much enthusiasm or provide you with as much unqualified
love and loyalty as your dog will. Be patient, and you will be amply rewarded.