Chances are, if your cat stays up-to-date on its vaccinations, you have to bring it into the animal clinic at least once a year. A common issue that many cat owners face is that of dealing with a stressed-out kitty on the car ride over to the vet. Fortunately, there are some steps cat owners can take to reduce stress on car rides and make the entire experience better for cats and cat owners alike.
Associate the Carrier With Positive Things
All too often, cats dislike being put in their carriers because they associate it with captivity and negative things. However, there are ways in which you can gradually get your cat to associate its carrier with more positive thoughts. For example, rather than only breaking out the cat carrier when it’s time to go on a car ride, consider leaving the carrier out and open in the house. Make it more inviting with a comfy blanket or some catnip; soon, you may find that your cat actually prefers to be in its carrier, which will make for more comfortable and less stressful car rides.
Consider Covering the Kitty Carrier
If your cat gets stressed out on the car ride to the vet, some cats react well to having a blanket draped over the carrier while the car is in motion. Of course, this can further stress out some cats, so you’ll have to be vigilant of how your cat reacts and act accordingly. Still, it’s worth a try, as some cats get stressed out by not just the movement, but the sights of being in a fast-moving car.
Distract Your Cat With Toys, Catnip, or Treats
Finally, you can try to make the car ride more enjoyable for your cat by providing it with distractions along the way. Sprinkle some catnip in the carrier before you leave to mellow your kitty out on the ride, or distract your cat with its favorite toy. At red lights along the way, consider dropping a treat into the carrier for your cat to enjoy.
While car rides may never be your cat’s favorite thing in the world, there are lots of ways in which you can make car rides less stressful for your feline friend. Looking for more information or advice on helping a stressed-out or high-strung cat? Contact us today!