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Q: Cats and cars

December 30, 2008 | By Cindy | 9 answers | Expired: 1925 days ago

Cindy

Shy do cats usually dislike car rides? I have heard theories that they don't like the noise from the car engine and they do't like not knowsing where they are going, but what about the anatomy and physiology of their ears -- does it have something to do with motion and the design of their ears??? Are their ears different from dogs? Not asking for advice here - I have learned how to travel with my cat -- just looking for a scientific explanation. Thanks!

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Ragdollkitties
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Dec 30, 2008

I think it might not be the car, but the carrier that the cat associates with the car and probably a visit to the vet. The minute my cats see me bring their carriers out, they try to run. Once I load them inside the carrier, they immediately begin howling before we even get into the car. They even howl in the carrier as we wait in the lobby at the vet. I don't know if that is much of a scientific explanation, but based on my cats' behavior, they freak out BEFORE we even get to the car. Their unhappy behavior begins the moment they are loaded into the carriers.

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Debo2
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Dec 30, 2008

Not really a science answer but I think a lot of cats only go to the vets in the car. We did teach our one Siamese cat to love to travel, even going camping with us. Maybe more exposure to travel might help.

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Reginast
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Jan 02, 2009

I think it's more of a learned aversion than anything inborn. One of my cats (Princess) was flown out of New Orleans in a sky-diving plane (no door). She still HATES being locked in a carrier, but is happy to sleep on the seat when we travel. Maybe it was the confined space, and having to relieve herself in the cage that bothered her so much.

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