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Q: Cats and cars

December 30, 2008 | By Cindy | 9 answers | Expired: 1918 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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Uhmno
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Jan 06, 2009

I got my cat as a tiny kitten and now she's only 5 months and I think she's better in the car than my dog. She sits in the backseat or quietly in her carrier or climbs up into the back window area and looks out. She hasn't gone on many car rides but I guess enough of them to be use to it. My dog on the other hand climbs all over the place, whines to get the windows down, wants to sit in your lap while driving - I'd much rather drive with my cat!

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HomePro
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Jan 04, 2009

I don't know many adult cats who like to ride in cars. I think cats like routine and putting them in a car is very stressful for them.

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Looking
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Jan 03, 2009

None of my cats ever liked going in cars. Usually, the car meant a trip to the vet, so I understand that. We moved over 1,000 miles with our last dog & cat. The dog loved the 3 day trip. The cat hated it. The vet gave us tanquilizers for her. I thought I gave her one, but found it many days later, on the floor of the car. Also, we'd never had a litter box for her (she always used the dog door) & had to use one on the move. Also, we had to keep her on a leash whenever we stopped for a break or for the night. We never saw her go to the bathroom on the whole trip. Never figured out what she did or how she held it.

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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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M M.
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Dec 31, 2008

Our two Siamese brothers, 9mo old, love to travel. They do not make any fuss and they basically curl up and sleep, only waking if we stop. They have traveled with us since we got them in May 2008. Our trips are long, 380 miles.
I think this is something that they are used to doing and will be good travelers.
In the past we have had terrible travel cats. One female didn't mind riding, but her older "sister" would not sit still. She would walk around and round the car. She ended up in a carrier because it was to dangerous to have her all over the car. I think this was because they didn't travel more then 3 or 4 times in a year. They never got used to it when they were kittens.

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Blackie1
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Dec 31, 2008

I agree that for our cats it is probably association with trips to the vet. If they carrier is laying around the house, they will climb in and sleep, so don't think that's the problem.

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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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Cjordan
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Dec 30, 2008

my cats hate being in the car

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