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Driving the cat: Tips for a good trip


Most cats don't like driving at all. Even less if they weren't used to it from an early age. Therefore, a velvet paw should only be taken in the car if it is absolutely necessary - for example, when a visit to the veterinarian is pending. Here you can find out what you should pay attention to, so that driving a car does not become a pain for your animal. Image: Shutterstock / Alan49

While dogs sometimes keep their heads out of the window and enjoy the wind, cats prefer to look at our cars from a distance. Sometimes, however, car trips with the cat are necessary. If you want to get your cat used to driving, don't force your cat to do anything. She will keep the negative experience in mind and will cause problems next time. Good preparation is essential to ensure that the journey goes smoothly.

Driving a cat: Legal information

In contrast to driving a car with children, there is no clear obligation to secure pets in the car. According to the road traffic regulations, cats are strictly considered a "load" and as such must be secured accordingly. It is crucial that nobody is endangered by the cargo. Violations of proper security can be punished with a fine; if there is an obvious danger to others, even with points in Flensburg. In addition, the insurance cover in the event of damage can lapse if it emerges that you have not sufficiently secured your pet in the car.

Get the transport box and get used to it

If possible, you should get your cat used to the car step by step. Spend a short time with your cat in the car before an upcoming trip. For transport, you should definitely buy a transport box so that you can secure your darling sufficiently. There are car transport boxes specially made for the journey. They can be stowed particularly safely in the vehicle. A stable flight or cat box is also sufficient, provided you provide it with additional security.

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Important: Get your velvet paw used to the small cage before the trip. Otherwise your kitty will not rest in the car or will not want to enter the box at all. Create a small space of security, for example with a cozy blanket that your cat can enter at home at any time. When you go on a long journey together, your cat will at best feel like taking a piece of the home with you on the trip.

Shortly before the trip: do not feed!

The cat should no longer eat or drink about four hours before driving. When you are on the move: Never leave the animal alone in the car for a long time, especially in summer this can quickly become dangerous. A heat stroke threatens in just a few minutes in a hot car.