Can sedatives prove useful when travelling with your cat? To a large extent it depends on how easily the pet gets used to new situations and how it copes with travelling. When in a car, some cats do not even have to stay in their carrier; they are comfortable enough next to a passenger or on his or her lap. In that case, the cat should be wearing a harness with a leash attached to it. For increased security, you may attach the harness to the safety belts instead. Thanks to that, your cat will not be able to move around the car. If your pet is travelling in a carrier, secure the container with a belt, so that it remains safely in the seat.
If your car is nervous and afraid, do not in any case take it out of the carrier. You can, however, pet it through the carrier bars and talk to it soothingly. Before you begin the journey, consider spraying the inside of the carrier with Dr Seidel Adaptation Spray for Cats. It soothes the pet and makes it feel safe. It is perfect in the case of short trips to the vet as well as during longer journeys since it contributes to the reduction of stress in situations that may be difficult for cats. The spray is safe and can be used in the case of cats of all ages, including kittens. Note, however, that the product is meant to be used onto the surroundings of the cat and should not be applied directly onto your pet. The inside of the carrier should be sprayed with the product about 15 minutes before the cat enters it. If you are planning a longer journey, you might have to spray the carrier again. It is a good idea then to include the product in your hand luggage.
Consider putting into the carrier a few of your cat’s favourite toys or a beloved blanket – items with a familiar smell will soothe the cat.