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Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car

 
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. October 9, 2016
Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car

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Cats are known for being fiercely independent, even unsociable. However, if you have a cat you will have found by now that this idea is not so true to reality. In fact, cats require lots of care and attention, just like any other pet, and they show lots of affection.

It is no surprise, then, if the emotional bond formed with your cat becomes very strong. It is perfectly normal not to want to leave it behind when you have to move or travel, although this may be risky.

This AnimalWised article will give you useful tips to prevent your cat from getting dizzy in the car so that your pet's journey can be more enjoyable.

Ensuring your cat's welfare

When you make a journey with your cat, its health is a great concern. Therefore, it is very important to adapt the trip to suit your cat's needs by choosing a large cat carrier to put in the back of the car, giving it time to get used to the inside of the vehicle and creating a peaceful atmosphere.

Another very important aspect in order to make sure your cat is well and to prevent it from getting dizzy is to make stops every 2 hours when the journey exceeds this duration. At these stops you shouldn't take your cat out of the vehicle; however, your pet should drink water, refresh itself and use the litter box. For this reason, you should choose a litter box with a cover that is easy to transport.

Here are other general recommendations for travelling by car with a cat.

Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car - Ensuring your cat's welfare

Reassuring your cat

Sometimes the dizziness that cats experience when traveling by car is caused by stress. In order to reduce this level of stress it is important to place the carrier at the bottom of the vehicle, so that the cat is not stimulated by seeing the outside.

To further reduce the cat's stress from travelling, another excellent option is to spray the vehicle with synthetic pheromones. This will make your cat think it is in its territory and it is safe. Obviously you can use a variety of natural tranquilizers for cats which will be very helpful; ask your vet and look around your local pet store.

Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car - Reassuring your cat

Feed your cat in good time

Motion sickness, caused by movement, can be exacerbated if your pet's stomach is full because the dizziness could lead to all sorts of digestive symptoms and cause vomiting.

On the day of the journey your cat should be fed normally - a change in diet can be counterproductive - but it is important to feed your cat at least 3 hours before the trip.

Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car - Feed your cat in good time

Other tips to ensure a healthy journey with your cat

In addition to the advice already mentioned, you will help your cat to not get dizzy and have an enjoyable trip if you consider the following:

  • Do not leave your cat alone in the vehicle under any circumstances.
  • Do not put your cat carrier near the car's air conditioning or heating vents.
  • When your cat starts meowing, calm it down by speaking in a soft and gentle tone.
  • Keep music at a low volume, which will keep your cat calm.
Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car - Other tips to ensure a healthy journey with your cat

This article is purely informative. AnimalWised does not have the authority to prescribe any veterinary treatment or create a diagnosis. We invite you to take your pet to the veterinarian if they are suffering from any condition or pain.

If you want to read similar articles to Tips to Prevent your Cat from Getting Dizzy in the Car, we recommend you visit our Prevention category.

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