Out of its usual environment, travel can make a cat very anxious. It is possible to help your pet to less stress.
The cat does not like change. There is a good chance that your pet will be stressed while traveling. Before passing hundreds of kilometers to bear his meowing meow, a few precautions are necessary.
Causes of stress.
The cat is an animal attached to its territory. Breaking his routine, moving him away from his perimeter, making him breathe strange odors are all sources of stress for him. There is a good chance that your cat will be stressed by travel. Better to get used to it early.
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The attitude to adopt.
Installing the cat in a secure place and making sure that it does not see the outside are the first precautions to take to limit the stress of the cat while traveling.
Taking a Suitable Transportation Fund.
Cat stressed by travel Start by securing your cat as much as possible by installing it in a transport box large enough for it to be able to turn around. It will already be quieter and will not risk disrupting the driver when traveling by car. Moreover, if the cat is sick or urine, the crate is easier to clean than the carpet of the car. Remember to take a spare bed with you: it is also important that the cat remains clean.
Reassure the Cat.
Speaking quietly to your cat, having a physical contact with him – but without ever letting him out of his crate and thus reassuring him, will be essential throughout the journey. You can also offer him treats regularly.
Travel with cats is mostly done in summer. A crate with good ventilation, installed in a clear place (especially not under luggage), and of course, parking in the shade if you take a break, will prevent your cat from heat stroke.
Before departure, you can spray synthetic pheromones at the four corners of the transport box. Do it several days before, and put the box in free access in the house. Repeat half an hour before departure.
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Drugs against Anxiety.
If your cat is particularly anxious, your veterinarian may prescribe a (very) mild tranquillizer that will cause Sleep to sleep during the trip. Attention, the effect may extend after your arrival.
Medicines against Transport Sickness.
Anxiety can trigger a motion sickness in the cat, which will result in nausea and vomiting. Start by avoiding feeding him two hours before departure. If necessary, there are anti-nausea medications.
Be careful not to encourage meowing.
If you react with reassuring words, a caress or a treat (perceived as a reward) when the cat meals to split its soul during the journey, you will simply encourage mewing. As a result, the animal will meow more and more to attract your attention. Take care of him when he is calm, ignore him when he manifests himself loudly.
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