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What can I give my cat for a car ride?

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What can I give my cat for a car ride?
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
Welcome! My name isXXXXX am a UC Davis graduate, and currently, a Medical Director of a veterinary hospital.

I am sorry to hear about this concern.

What are you trying to prevent?
does your kitty get sick (drooling, vomiting, etc...)
Is it an anxiety issue?

How long would be the typical car rie and is this a daily car ride or weekly, etc...

Thanks
Dr. Andy
Customer: replied 9 months ago.

Well the issue is that she just gets restless and will not stop meowing. I usually don't mind when I have a short ride (ex: Vet visit) but this time I am moving and it is a 5 hour ride to my new place...she does not vomit or drool or get sick for that matter...anything you recommend? She is no more than a 13lb Burmese and she is 10...in very good health I might add

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
Okay.
Good to know.
Changes my answer so I don't focus on recommending motion sickness medications like meclizine.

So, a few things to consider.

1. Definitely, get some Feliway spray. You spray the inside of her carrier a few squirts (or inside car), about 1 hour before leaving. You can't really smell anything, but it is great to help with cat stress/anxiety.
I recommend "Feliway" for transporting cats anywhere.

2. You could try sedating a bit with some benadryl antihistamine. At 13 pounds, a 1/2 tablet of 25mg benadryl would work about 1 hour before travel.

3. A sedative from the vet. Some vets will still use acepromazine for travel and can work just fine. Another option may be something like Xanax. Of course for either, talk with your vet in detail to ensure save to use.

Many vets sell Feliway or you can find it all over the internet.

Please let me know if there is anything I did not cover for you. I hope that information has been helpful.
Please remember to select Reply to Expert, if for any reason you need further clarification, have more questions, or were expecting a different type of answer. Please, hold off providing your feedback rating until you have asked all your questions. My goal is to try and provide you the best answer possible.
Dr. Andy

Customer: replied 9 months ago.

Thank you...should I feed her or let her drink water before the trip or before giving her the medication?


 


What I am thinking is to spray the cage first and if she doesn't relax, then resort to the pill during my trip

Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 9 months ago.
Feed or drink is fine since she doesn't get sick.
I love Feliway because it is not sprayed on her or in her, so very benign stuff!

Remember to spray it about 1 hour before travel. A few squirts in carrier works best.

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Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 8 months ago.
Hi,

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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