For many people, the time to travel, walk or take your pussy to the vet becomes a nightmare because of the great nervousness of the cat. This situation causes enormous stress, both in the mininos and their owners, who do not know what to do to calm them. Next, we will see how to treat a restless cat in the car and teach him to travel quietly in his carrier.
Why is my cat so anxious in the car?
First of all, it must be understood that it is normal for a cat to be anxious, nervous and even fearful when traveling for the first time by car. This is so if this pussy has not been properly accustomed to being in his carrier.
It can also happen that you have never experienced the sensation of being in a moving vehicle, which can cause possible nausea and dizziness. Cats cling to their routine and their environment – including the individuals and stimuli that make it up – to feel safe and not expose themselves to unnecessary risks.
When you perceive a sudden change in your environment or be subjected to a strange context, your body will react to get out of this situation. Fear, anxiety, and stress are part of this natural defense mechanism, which allows the animal to remain alert, escape or act to survive.
The trip by car and the confinement in the transport means a totally new experience for our mininos.
Therefore, if we do not previously accustom them to being in the car, we cannot expect this situation to be comfortable for them: upon entering the vehicle, their first reaction will probably be to get out quickly.
Remember that all animals need time to get used to new environments, environments, and realities, among other things, because adaptation is a process, and not a fact that occurs overnight. So, if we want to prevent or treat a restless cat in the car, we need to be patient and respect their adaptation time.
Tips to calm a restless cat in the car
How long can a cat take to adapt to its carrier and car travel? This will depend on the personality of each pussycat, the environment and the support provided by its owner.
In any case, treating a restless cat in the car requires careful work to favor its adaptation to this context. Here are some tips that will help you in this process.
1. Choose the ideal carrier for your pussy
The choice of transport is of great importance because your pussy must feel comfortable and safe to travel inside. Currently, there is a great diversity of models in pet stores and this can even make your decision difficult.
In choosing the carrier you have to select a high-quality product, made of resistant materials that provide safety to your pussy and offer a good shelf life.
The size must be adequate: a carrier that is too small, as well as uncomfortable, can give you the feeling of being locked up. Your cat must get to move, get up and turn inside the transport with some freedom.
2. Accustom your cat to remain calm inside the carrier
The first step to avoid an anxious cat in the car is to adapt it previously to your carrier. It is best to start the adaptation while your cat is still a puppy.
Baby cats have the most flexible character and form their notions of coexistence and behavior in the first months of their life. However, with patience and using positive reinforcement, adult cats can also learn to be calm in their carrier.
It is a process that takes time. At first, we must get the pussy to enter the carrier alone, of his own free will. To do this, we can introduce your favorite food or treat it at the door and inside the carrier.
When your cat is calm in the presence of the carrier, we can begin to leave it inside the carrier for a few seconds. Then, we reward their good behavior with a treat or other reward. Gradually, the animal will know that this environment is safe and can spend more time in the carrier.
3. Progressively adapt it to being in the car
When the cat is used to being in the trasportín, we will begin to adapt it little by little to travel in the car. To begin, we will get our pussy into the car in its carrier for only a few minutes, without putting it in motion. It’s about making a simulation a real ride in the car (remember to put yourself in the driver’s place).
Then, we can make small trips, from 5 to 10 minutes, always observing the behavior of the cat. Gradually, it will be possible to observe that the animal will no longer be anxious or fearful.
With these three basic tips, it is possible to treat a restless cat in the car. However, if your pussy is still nervous or anxious, it is best to consult your veterinarian.