According to Jane Brunt, DVM, Executive Director of the CATalyst Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cat welfare and well being, cats should be trained to travel."The more your cat is conditioned to travel, the better," she says.There are tons of instances where pets have been frightened while traveling and end up getting away from their owners. To further keep your furry friend safe and able to find his/her way home, proper identification is key. Feed your pet once a day (preferably during the evening and establish a feeding routine). Traveling is stressful and they need time to relax and play.In the case of such a heartbreaking event, having them microchipped will at least give them a good chance of being returned to you. Have your cat wear a collar with your name, destination, phone number, and rabies tag. Secure carrier in a safe spot and preferably where he can see you. Keep the windows up (the open window noise and wind can be unsettling to kitty).When you are traveling, it can be comforting and fun to take your pets along with you.
Planning well will take some of the stress out of car travel with your cat. Get your pet microchipped if you haven't already. This practice will lessen the anxiety he might feel when he realizes that not every car trip involves him getting shots or a thermometer stuck up his butt. Kitty "visit" with the car several times before your trip and allow him to deposit his scent. His scent, like when he rubs his face or his body on you, but instead does that to the car so he can feel more secure later when he smells the familiar scent in the car on travel day. It's also very important for kitty to be up-to-date on his rabies vaccination. Because, let's face it, you're exhausted from driving all day anyway. Make sure kitty's carrier is able to be restrained. Abrupt stops can cause carriers to slide, so make sure you're able to put the carrier in a place that can be restrained with the seatbelt or able to remain stationary (like behind the driver or passenger seat on the floor — the lower center of gravity will cause less movement). Tips For Traveling Feed your pet three-four hours before starting to give food time to settle (and don't feed/water your pet in a moving vehicle). Make sure kitty has some playtime during the day or evening.
In addition, your cat needs to visit the vet on a regular basis, so getting her used to travel is helpful.
In general, dogs tend to be easier to transport than cats, simply because most dogs are not as tentative about car trips or traveling.
Just the sight of a cat carrier can send your feline running to her favorite hiding place.
So when you have to take your kitty in the car, you want to make the experience as stress-free as possible.