Sedating house cats for travel

Set the carrier out in your house a few days before you travel so your cat can get used to it. Take a few short car rides with your cat in the days before you leave if traveling by car.

Search towns along your route for emergency vet locations.

The more comfortable your cat is with his crate, the less anxious he will be during travel, and the less likely that he will show aggression at the airport.

Most cats are not particularly happy travellers – they are usually bonded strongly to their own territory and feel very vulnerable off home ground.

The rewards of staying with the family 'pack' or the potential of exploring or walking somewhere new at the end of the journey do not excite the average feline in the same way as its canine cousins.

Check out more information about the the dangers of sedating pets during air travel and the best alternatives: Also, some of our clients have explored various natural products that can have calming effects (think herbal remedies) -- this is worth asking your vet about or checking your local pet store.

You can also place a T-shirt or blanket in the travel crate that smells like you or that reminds him of home.

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