How do you take a cat on a long car trip?

How do you travel long distances with a cat? I want take a big road trip around the U.S., but I don't know what to do with my cat.

Before taking your cat on a long car trip, you’ll want to take some time to practice and prepare.
A sudden road trip without a lot of car experience can be overwhelming for your cat. Giving them some in-car practice can go a long way in making them comfortable. Here are a few aspects of car travel you should practice with your cat:
  • Getting in and out of the car
  • Turning the engine on and off
  • Driving around corners or turning
  • Moving at different speeds
If you allow your cat to get some experience in the car before your trip, it’ll likely be a much easier ride. But you should also plan ahead. Here are some things you’ll need to remember while traveling with a cat:
  • Kitty pitstops every 2-3 hours
  • Pet-friendly hotels
  • Pack extra cat food and medication
  • Make sure the cat is comfy in its carrier
Remember, you cannot leave your cat alone in the car. Even quick pitstops can be dangerous if the car gets too hot while you’re gone. So try to plan your drive accordingly.
Don’t forget that pets aren’t always covered by car insurance. Before hitting the road, you should call your provider and ask if your policy covers pets.
If it doesn’t, then you may want to purchase new coverage or explore other options with Jerry. A licensed broker, the Jerry app helps you gather and compare competitive quotes from top insurance providers in minutes. Once you find the coverage you like, Jerry can even help you switch plans and cancel your old policy!
Joshua Levy
Answered on Oct 26, 2021

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