How do you keep cats calm on long car rides?

I’m moving across the country and I’ve got two cats. They’re generally fine for short rides, but we’ll be in the car for 16 hours on this trip. I don’t want to stress them out. What can I do to help keep my cats calm in the car?

Answer
Wow, that sounds like quite an adventure—I hope it goes well!
To keep cats calm on long car rides, it’s best to use a crate they’re familiar with. Make sure to properly secure the crate(s) in the car. Throw in a blanket or small toy—something with a familiar scent—if possible.
You could also buy a calming pheromone spray called Feliway and spray it on the crate(s) ahead of time.
In addition, you can talk to your vet. They may be able to prescribe some sort of anxiety medication that will help.
Lastly, create a serene environment inside the car. Play calming music and keep the temperature comfortable.
To ensure your drive goes smoothly, consider getting a roadside assistance membership through Jerry. Jerry’s roadside assistance includes jumpstarts, lockout service, key replacement, and towing for less than $5 a month.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 22, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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