Sedating cats for car travel

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Longer trips across multiple states required sedation or she would become stressed and dehydrated from howling for hours.

I limited the trips as much as I could, but here in the South a hurricane evacuation is sometimes unavoidable.

Every single trip was stressful — probably more for me than my cat.

My second cat loves his carrier and couldn’t care less about cruising in the car.

If you are reluctant to use a prescription tranquilizer on your cat, or your vet considers her to be a risky candidate for a pharmaceutical sedative, consider using cat nip or a pheromone spray.

He is far more traumatised by travel than most cats - I've had several other cats. I consulted the vet about sedation, and she said she didn't think that was the way to go - she claimed that drugs would simply make... He is far more traumatised by travel than most cats - I've had several other cats. I consulted the vet about sedation, and she said she didn't think that was the way to go - she claimed that drugs would simply make him appear calm, while he would be as frightened as ever. Meanwhile does anyone have any experiences or advice to share?

Sedatives or natural calming agents can help your cat travel a little easier.

is a commonly prescribed by veterinarians specifically for the traveling pet; it has strong anti-nausea properties, helpful for a restless or motion sickness prone cat.

If you're using acepromazine for your cat's trip, it's wise to start with the lowest dose possible a few days before your trip to see how your cat responds to the drug and determine the appropriate dose.

If your cat is unable to travel you will need to make alternative arrangements for it; you could arrange for your cat to stay with a friend or book it in at a cattery or with a pet sitter.

Take plenty of fresh water, particularly when travelling in hot weather.

Surely there MUST be a way to sedate him effectively and prevent his distress?

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