For cats, riding in a car isn’t as enjoyable as it is for dogs. Furthermore, since the only time most cats seem to get in the car, is to visit a veterinarian, their association with it, most likely isn’t a pleasant one. However, it is important to get your cat to the vet at least once a year and since life tends to make things happen, your cat will probably need to ride in the car, a little more than she’d prefer. So, to avoid an uncomfortable car ride, filled with a lot of stressful meowing in the air, below are a few tips on “How To Calm Down A Cat In The Car”.

Car Riding Tips:

  • Your cat should have up-to-date ID tags
  • Secure your cat in a carrier
  • Use comforting devices to get your cat used to the car
  • Practice with short trips
  • Consult a veterinarian for calming solutions

Whether your cat is an indoor cat, outdoor cat or both, it is always helpful for her to have the most up-to-date identification tags. There’s always the possibility that she might escape while preparing for—or during—the trip; especially if she knows that she’s going to the vet or someplace unpleasant.

Use A Carrier
Whenever you take your cat on a car ride, consider putting your cat in a carrier. It’s not ideal to ride in a car with a cat that’s not contained. If the cat get’s nervous, she could potentially injure the driver, run under the gas/break pedals or distract the driver. Containing the cat is a simple solution that can avoid mishaps.

Make A Comforting Environment
Nobody likes to be forced to do something—especially cats. Being stuffed inside a carrier to go to a physical examination, can be an unpleasant experience. So, in order to make riding in the car a positive activity for your cat, consider using a few comforting techniques to make the experience more easy going. 

• Sit the carrier out early
• Let your cat get used to the carrier
• Open the carrier door

• Let your cat investigate the carrier
• Spray Synthetic Calming Pheromones inside the carrier
• Spray Synthetic Calming Pheromones on a blanket

• Put the blanket inside the carrier
• Put toys and treats inside the carrier

If your cat is undergoing a procedure that requires fasting, then avoid putting treats or food in the carrier.

Synthetic pheromones have been known to reduce anxiety and create a calming environment for cats. Blankets, toys and treats help to comfort and create a pleasant association with riding in a carrier. The goal is to make the carrier more inviting.

Practice With Short Trips
Consider practicing a few times before the actual car trip. Begin by first sitting in the car with your cat—afterwards give her a treat. For the next session, try driving around the neighborhood. Be sure to reward your cat with a treat, so that she can positively relate to the experience. Hopefully, on the day of the trip, your cat will be used to the routine of car travel.

Consult A Veterinarian
If none of the above tips work, contact a veterinarian for advice on “How To Calm Down A Cat In The Car”. Ask the veterinarian if he/she makes house calls. If you can’t get your cat to the examination, then maybe the examination can come to her.

In conclusion, when it comes to car rides, cats aren’t always agreeable. However with a little patients and a few comforting practice runs, you can reduce your cat’s anxiety and help her to have a more positive association with riding in cars. Thanks for reading “How To Calm Down A Cat in the Car”.