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Reduce Your Cat’s Travel Stress: Tips to Keep Your Cat Calm on a Trip

1 Apr 2022.

Cat travel stress can be a concern for any owner, whether you’re moving home with your kitty or simply taking them to the vet. Most kitties hate change and traveling somewhere unfamiliar can cause anxiety for your fur friend. But while travel—even if it’s just for an annual vet visit—is unavoidable for Mr Whiskers, your cat’s travel stress doesn’t have to be. 

Are you worried about an upcoming trip with your furry friend? Below, Cat in a Flat offers tips on how to reduce your cat’s travel stress.

Signs of a cat with travel stress

You can usually tell by your kitty’s facial expression whether they’re happy or unhappy, but do you know the signs of a cat with travel stress? Here are a few mannerisms to watch out for: 

Now that you know how to identify your cat’s travel stress, here are some ways to make a journey anywhere—whether it be a few miles or a hundred—more comfortable for your feline. 

Which carrier will reduce my cat’s travel stress?

First things first, you need to choose the ideal cat carrier before you even consider taking Mr Whiskers anywhere. Hard or soft carriers are the most common for pets. However, your furry friend’s personality plays a big role in which type of carrier will reduce travel stress for your cat. 

Soft carriers vs. Hard carriers

Which carrier size should I choose?

swaddled cat

How to train my cat to like the cat carrier

Reducing your cat’s travel stress starts at home. Once you’ve decided which travel crate works best for Mr Whiskers, it’s time to acclimate your cat to their carrier. Here are a few tips to reduce your cat’s travel stress by helping them to get used to their carrier:

Cat sitters: It’s important to be prepared for any type of emergency while your furry client’s paw parents are away. It can be more difficult to get a kitty into their carrier when they aren’t as familiar with you as they are with their owners. Swaddling an anxious cat is a safe and effective way to get them into a carrier. Discuss beforehand with your clients whether this is the right approach for their feline. 

How to reduce my cat’s travel stress on the road

So, you’ve picked the best carrier for Mr. Whiskers and helped him get used to it. This doesn’t mean your kitty will be completely stress-free from now on! Here are a few ways to reduce your cat’s travel stress before and while on the road: 

What if my cat still freaks out in the car? 

Keeping your fur friend calm isn’t always going to be easy. It’s very possible that your cat’s travel stress will always be a part of your lives. However, with these tips you’re sure to reduce and manage your cat’s travel stress more effectively. 

Remember that what works for one kitty might not work for another. If you live in a multi-cat household, it’s important to take some time to help each of your fur friends adjust to travel. There will be some trial-and-error involved, but that’s completely normal! Being patient and helping your kitty to stay calm while traveling is well worth it.

Looking for more tips on how to reduce your cat’s anxiety? Check out our blog posts on minimising your kitty’s stress levels when you’re away and how to identify common signs of stress in cats

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