If you’re a pet owner, you know that sometimes pets are your best travel companions and sometimes they are …not. Here are a few tips for the drives that involve your furry friends.
5 Tips for Traveling With Pets
Unless you have a pet that’s excellent at traveling, sometimes things can get a little hairy. Once you’ve got your back seat ready for your pet, here are a few things to check off your list.
Related: Highway Driving Tips
- Work them out: Make sure your pet has gotten sufficient exercise before you hit the road. A tired pet is more likely to be calm and sleep if they have gotten some run-around time.
- Crate your cat: Unless you have a super-feline, chances are your cat isn’t thrilled about riding in the car. Sedate your cat if need be, but above all make sure that your drive won’t be interrupted by any crafty, wandering paws.
- Bring a toy: If your pet has a favorite toy, bring it with you. Bring a ball to play fetch with on roadside stops—in safe areas, of course—and let your pet have a favorite little home comfort for the ride.
- Secure your pet: Even if your pet is in a crate, it’s important that it’s secured. In the event of a collision (or even just some nasty potholes) you don’t want your pet flying around your car. Secure the crate or put them in a harness and clip the harness in with a seatbelt.
- Plan breaks: Both you and your pet will appreciate a chance to stretch your collective legs. Make sure that you stop and walk and play a little bit every few hours. This will also help prevent an overenthusiastic pet greeting when you arrive at mom’s place.