Travelling with your cat
Transport your cat in a safe container (ie a robust and properly constructed cat basket or carrier) – cats may escape from cardboard carriers.
Secure the container in the car with a seat belt in the well behind the seats or wedged in safely at the back so it cannot move around.
Never transport the cat in the boot or loose in the front foot well of the car or in the removal van if moving house.
On a long journey, it is wise to stop and offer your cat water or a chance to use a litter tray, although most cats will probably not be interested.
If it is a hot day, make sure the car is well ventilated and never leave the cat inside a hot car if you stop for a break.
If a short stop is unavoidable, ensure the carrier is absolutely secure and always leave the car in the shade with a window open. Be aware how quickly it can heat up if the sun is on it. Do not forget the sun’s position moves and what was shade an hour ago may be in full sunlight by the time you get back.
Ensure your cat is healthy before you travel. You may wish to consider sedating your cat if the journey is expected to be long or your cat is a poor traveller. If in doubt, seek advice from your vet at the earliest opportunity.
Feed your cat as far in advance of travel as possible. Alternatively, you may wish to wait until you arrive at your destination.