Traveling With an Old Cat and What You Need to Know
How we wish to take our cat everywhere vs how hard it is. Surely, there are a number of reliable services that promise to take good care of your lovely cat and they do! However, it still does not match up with the love and care we want to give to them and the bond we have developed nothing can alter that.
We know how moody cats are and the older they get the more care and attention they need. It is hard to figure out how to travel with an older cat in a way she can keep up with us. Well, here is a fact, cats never intend to keep up with us, we must adjust to them, that’s their very beauty.
We have jotted down some tips which will make it easier for you to travel with your cat, in other words, adjust with them.
- Motion sickness: even us humans get sick and cats are no exception to this rule. They too get sick, motion sick cats are continuously drooling and are especially quiet, they are depressed as this is hell for them. Sometimes they get sick because they are not used to of traveling, you can accustom them to traveling by going on small trips, which will eventually prepare them for bigger ones. If she still suffers, its nothing to worry about, you can always get anti-motion sickness med from her vet or maybe a tissue since the drooling is not bad. I would suggest med since it will make her rest well.
- Hyperactivity: Often during travel, cats get hyperactive that may be due to anxiety or whatever, but they will behave in a way you have never seen before. It is very dangerous to drive with a hyperactive cat since she will be a great distraction when driving. The best way is to sedate them, you can get sedations from her vet. Trust me, its good for both of you.
- Travel crate: don’t ever leave without a travel crate. It is a very handy tool. It’s highly unlikely that your cat will sit still even if she is not hyperactive. She will keep on looking for a place to be comfortable. Also, you can’t really harness your cat in the seat belt. The best way to avoid all this discomfort is to get travel crate. You cat will securely sit in it. It’s comfortable and can be safely secured with a seatbelt. You cat can take nap and feel at home.
- Feed them lightly: It is advisable to feed your cat two hours prior to the travel. It takes 3 hours to process food which means they need to dump 3 hours after eating. It will be better to keep count, so they won’t create a mess. Also, give them light food as this will help them in motion sickness.
- The doc: Well, age has its perk, be it human or cat. If your cat is previously sick it is better to check on her vet before taking her out.
All things settled, gear up and go. The adventure begins.