Sedating cats for car travel
Whatever the reason for your cat travelling, make sure he is microchipped so that if he manages to escape, he can easily be reunited with you.
Have a second contact, in the event that you can not be reached.
From time to time, you will need to take your cat to the vet.
If this occurs, withhold food for 3 hours prior to your trip, but continue to give your cat access to fresh, drinking water.
Your veterinarian may be able to prescribe your cat anti-anxiety or anti-nausea medication to help.
Other ways to help make the trip less stressful may include spraying the carrier with Feliway prior to travel.
You may also want to place an old t-shirt of yours in the carrier so your cat has a familiar (and safe) scent.
Most airlines will require that the cat is placed in a special hold, but some will allow the cat to travel as hand luggage (check with your airline first). The carrier should have a blanket which is easily washable in the event of accidents.
When flying with cats, planning ahead is important. Make sure your cat has access to clean, fresh drinking water and food. The carrier should be placed either on a rear seat, or the back of the car in the case of a station wagon.Although home visits are not practical in emergency situations.If you are travelling a long long distance, for example moving to another state/across the country, you may decide to fly the cat or drive the cat yourself.Training your cat to walk on a leash can be helpful, so that when you do have stops, your cat can stretch his legs without the risk of him escaping.Our biggest worry about our move to Maine is getting all the cats up there.Your veterinarian will be able to advise you on this. Typical symptoms include drooling, vomiting, defecating, excessive vocalisation.