Does your cat hate car rides?
Even if they’re placed in a carrier, some cats are uncomfortable during car rides. They may salivate or spit, and these usually clean pets may urinate or defecate while the car is moving. They may feel so out of sorts that they meow constantly and breathe with their mouth open. They can’t seem to catch their breath. The car trip is an ordeal and they feel powerless knowing there’s nothing they can do to stop it. They appear to be wondering how much longer they’ll be stuck in their cage. Even if you try to calm them and speak softly, it’s no use. They’re not listening—they want out!
Does that sound like your cat? If so, Dr Isabelle Demontigny-Bédard, a veterinarian specialising in animal behaviour at the DMV veterinary centre, believes your cat may suffer from motion sickness or anxiety. Thankfully, there’s something you can do to help. “Try not to feed your cat a few hours before travelling,” she suggests. And if that doesn’t work, what else can you do?
Be sure to book an appointment with your veterinarian soon to discuss the issue. They can help you find ways to make car rides more enjoyable and feel less long—for you and your cat.
It’s important to pay attention to your cat’s behaviour. If it changes in any way or causes you worry, your vet and their team may also draw up an action plan based on your needs and those of your pet.