Cat: Car Sickness
Cats generally become sick in the car because they are frightened,
not because they have real motion sickness. It is necessary to reassure
your pet that these fears are groundless (which might be hard depending
on how you drive). You need to get your cat used to the car by taking
trips that are short enough that your pet does not exhibit the typical
signs of car sickness- drooling, vomiting, etc. It may be necessary
to start out by just sitting in the car together and giving your
pet a treat after a few minutes. Then take very short rides followed
by a treat - even if you can only make it to the end of the driveway.
Gradually increase the length of the trips until your cat enjoys
the car rides.
If you don’t want your cat to be a regular rider in the car, but
find it necessary on occasion, you can use tranquilizers to control
the nervousness with good success in most pets. Your vet will have
one that usually works well for him or her.
Some pets really have motion sickness. It is possible that dramamine
will work for cats if this is the case, but even in these cats tranquilizers
like acepromazine that also have anti-emetic (anti-vomiting) properties
that usually work well.
Almost all pets can be conditioned to ride in the car without vomiting
or extreme nervousness. Be patient and take the time to teach your
pet not to fear car rides. In the long run, it will make life easier
for both of you.