Behavior

August 2011 Issue

Taking Your Cat For a (Car) Ride

Here are simple ways to help calm your cat and hopefully help her to enjoy the occasional journey.

Do you simply dread the thought of taking a car trip with your cat? First, you must be clever enough to catch the wily feline. Then — after she is safely in her carrier — you must brace yourself for the wailing and thrashing that will begin either from the moment of capture or, at the very latest, once the car begins to roll. And where are you heading? To the veterinary hospital, probably. Afterwards, you breathe a sigh of relief — knowing that you likely won’t have to go through this again until the next visit. So why do our cats behave this way? Well, imagine if you were a child and were rather intimidated by your aunt Jean. Though you rarely traveled by bus, once each year, you and your family boarded a bus to aunt Jean’s. Maybe you too kicked and screamed, struggling to avoid getting onto the bus. You more than likely cried or complained during the journey as well. As for bus trips? The mere suggestion might send you running.

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