Why Do Cats Hate the Car?

Most cat owners know just how much cats hate riding in the car. They meow and cry; they shiver and hide. For a loving cat owner, it can be tough to watch your cat cower in fear. Sometimes, however, cat owners have to take their little purr machine on a car ride to the vet or to a babysitter for a weekend visit. As a cat owner, there are a few things you can do to quell this distress, and it all starts with understanding your cat's fear.

Cat Habits Have Been Passed Down
Today's house cats are direct descendants of the Middle Eastern Wildcat known as Felis silvestris lybica (on a side note, the silvestris name has been translated to Sylvester for many famous cats). These ancient felines were extremely territorial and thrived on habit, which are the two main reasons that today's cats hate the car.

Creatures of Habit
All cats love to follow a certain schedule. They like to eat at a certain time (4 AM meows for food can drive you nuts), sleep in certain places, and play with certain people. Anytime there habits are disturbed, cats start to go into panic mode.

Cats are creatures of habit, and their primary habit is sleeping.
If you want to get your cat feeling good about the car, then you need to build it into part of his habit. Cat owners can do this by taking their kitty cat on rides every once in a while. At first, they may not like it, but over time, they will grow comfortable with these rides. And, we know that comfort is the most important thing to a cat.

Very Territorial
Another good way to get your cat adjusted to the car is by creating an intermediate ground with a pet carrier. The best way to do this is by leaving your pet carrier at home, so your cat will feel comfortable sleeping in it and being around it (essentially making it part of his territory).

When it comes time to go out for a ride, kitty can calmly sleep in his carrier and still feel right at home. Cat owners can further put their purr machine at ease by putting his favorite toys inside of the carrier. Adding to the comfort, there are a wide variety of pet carriers that are cushioned with breathable air mesh walls that give cats the highest level of comfort.

The bottom line is that cats hate the car for one reason: they just aren't used to it. With a little bit of training, any cat can become a car rider enthusiast, which will make your life a whole lot easier.

By: Tim Snyder
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