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How to Prepare Your Cat for a Road Trip


If you’re like most cat owners, you’d want to take your feline friend with you on your travels. Cats can be great travel companions, but there are a few things you need to do to prepare them for the journey. In this article, we will discuss how to prepare your cat for traveling by land. So if you’re taking a road trip, make sure your kitty is ready for the journey!

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Secure Your Cat with a Pet Carrier

While having a cat inside the car without a carrier may work for some people, placing the pet inside the kitty carrier backpack will be better for you and your pet.

A moving pet, especially cats who are very agile, may pose a danger to everyone. Cats can get seriously hurt by falling items in the car or when the driver presses on the brakes. They also place everybody else riding with you in the car in danger.

Cats can get into the foot space for the pedals, may block vision  by going to the windshield, or pose distractions to the driver. It is to everybody’s advantage and safety that cats remain in a cat travel backpack carrier for the duration of the trip.

How to Prepare Your Car for Traveling with Your Cat

If you’re planning to travel by car with your cat, there are a few things you need to do to prepare both your vehicle and your feline friend. First, purchase a cat backpack that is large enough for your cat to stand up and turn around comfortably. Make sure the carrier has plenty of ventilation and is lined with a soft bedding material.

A litter box should also be placed in the car, as cats generally prefer not to use a strange bathroom. It’s also a good idea to get your cat used to the cat travel backpack carrier before the trip by placing it in an area where they normally spend time.

Car Seat Booster for Kittens - 13hrs Travel Test
Car Seat Booster for Kittens – 13hrs Travel Test

You can also purchase a cat carrier that doubles as a car seat booster.

Crate-Train Your Cat to Reduce Carrier Anxiety

If your cat isn’t used to being in a carrier, it’s important to crate-train them before traveling. This will help reduce their anxiety and make the experience much more pleasant for both you and your cat.

Here are some tips on how to crate-train your cat

 Choose a cat carrier that is big enough for your cat to stand up, turn around, and lie down comfortably in. It should also have good ventilation and be lined with a soft bedding material.

  • Place the crate in an area where your cat spends time, such as your bedroom or living room. Keep it open so that they can explore the carrier and go in and out whenever they want.
  • Put treats or toys inside the cat carrier backpack to make it more inviting. You can also put food and water inside.
  • Gradually get your pet used to being in the cat carrier backpack by getting them inside and taking them out on short distances such as your backyard or hallway. Give them treats upon getting home.
  • Gradually get your cat used to being inside the crate inside a moving vehicle. If you’re alone, you can place the carrier on the seat beside you. If you have a partner or other family members, you may place the carrier in the backseat beside your partner or family members. This will help them become less anxious about being inside while the car is moving.

Update Your Cat’s Vaccination Records

Make sure your cat is up to date on all of their vaccinations. This is important not just for their health but also in case you have to make an emergency stop at a vet while on the road. Some areas may also block your pet’s entry if they are not up-to-date with their records.

Check with Your Vet

Before traveling with your cat, it’s always best to check with your veterinarian first. They can give you specific advice based on your cat’s individual needs and health condition. A classic cat carrier is perfect for veterinarian visit.

Have a Travel Plan

It’s important to have a plan when traveling with your pet, especially if you’re going to be gone for more than a day or two. You’ll need to figure out where you’re going to stay, how often you’ll be able to stop for breaks, and what  you’ll need to bring with you.

Cat attending festival
Cat attending festival


You can also train your cat to walk on a leash

The pet leash will be helpful if you’re planning on doing any hiking or walking while on vacation. Start by putting the harness on around the house and letting them get used to it. Then, take them outside for short walks, gradually increasing the length of time you’re gone.

Two cat with leash in a pet stroller
Two cats with leash in a pet stroller


Get your cat used to new environments

If your cat isn’t used to being around other people or animals, it might be a good idea to introduce them to some before you go on vacation. This will help them feel more comfortable in new surroundings.

Cat strolling the City
Cat in City Environment

Travel with Ibiyaya

Ibiyaya’s 5-in-1 pet carrier and the Travois Tri-Fold Carrier are ideal for traveling with a cat or two. Make sure to check them out!

Following these tips, you and your cat will be prepared for anything that comes your way while traveling. Happy trails!

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