Repeat several days later, extending the travel time gradually until the cat is accustomed to long trips in the car.
Spray your car with a cat pheromone product before departing on your trip.
Cat Channel.com's Arnold Plotnick, DVM, recommends these sprays to calm cats during car travel and to accustom them to stressful environments.
Further enhance the appeal of the carrier with a sprinkling of catnip or by regularly giving your cat tasty treats inside the carrier.
Get your cat used to the car, especially if you plan to take a long trip. Place the carrier in the car on a flat surface, such as the floor or a car seat.
Take a short drive of five to 10 minutes, then return home.
Choose the right carrier so your cat is comfortable.
It should be tall enough for your cat to stand in, and wide enough to allow your cat to turn around.
The carrier should also have a secure latch on its door and side air vents so your cat can breathe fresh air.
Train the cat to associate positive events with the carrier.
Just like some humans, cats are susceptible to motion sickness.
Cats also hate new routines and environments, which can make car travel very stressful for them.
Pet owners can help their cats get used to both the carrier and the car to help remove the foreignness of the situation.
Your vet can also suggest prescription medications to help calm your cat and soothe away motion sickness for a relaxed travel experience.