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Q: is it ok to let your cats roam around in the car when driving?

September 22, 2009 | By Colemackin | 11 answers | Expired: 1759 days ago

Colemackin

Im driving a long distance and my cats hate car rides. They seem a little better when let out of the carrier. But it seems a little dangerous to have them wandering around while Im driving

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MICHELLE G.
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Sep 24, 2009

No its not o.k.. not safe at all. If they don't like to travel in the car, there is medicine you can give them to relax them. Please keep them in a carrier. Just as a child may not want to sit in a car seat or use a seat belt you wouldn't let them ride without one. Having your cats in one spot in a carrier is the safest way.

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Stevecat511
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Sep 23, 2009

I'd say it is best to leave them in the carriers. Letting them roam around inside the car while you are driving, could be catastrophic for you and everyone else on the road!

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Ginger G.
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Sep 23, 2009

It is more than a little dangerous for many, many reasons. Don't do it!

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Stacy H.
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Sep 23, 2009

I wouldn't. They are safer and I have found that they remain calmer in their crates.

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Debra B.
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Sep 23, 2009

I really wouldn't advise this, although I did let my 2 cats roam in the pickup truck unrestrained for a 2,000 mile trip from Idaho to Louisiana. These 2 particular cats were more comfortable andless stressed not being in a carrier. I had a pass through window so 1 cat went back into the camper of the pick up bed and just went to sleep.
In a separate trip from Idaho to Alaska, (3,000 miles) I didn't have room for the space the carriers took up with a loaded down Jeep Grand Cherokee. I did have power windows, and one cat did activate the window to go down while on the arm rest and looking out the window. Plus, the opportuynity to escape from the car is almost instantaneous as soon as you open the door. The rule was only one door could be opened at a time to let one person out. When 2 doors were opened, one cat made a dash for it, but I caught her back leg and drug her back in. This was in the Yukon Territories of Canada, and I doubt that I would have been able to find her unless I delayed my trip and stayed in the area. I didn't even have a cell phone at the time.
Plus, sudden stops or an accident could fling the cat from the car or through a window with deadly results.
You will have far less anxiety if the cats are contained inside a carrier. You know where they are and they can't get out of the vehicle.

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Linda B.
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Sep 23, 2009

I would never allow a cat to be loose in the car. I've seen my cats get spooked and go bonkers in the house. I would never want that to happen in the car.

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Kris
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Sep 23, 2009

No, it definitely is not safe. Your cats are more likely to be a distraction to you if they are loose and they could even possibly get under your feet or on your lap and interfere with your driving. If there were an accident, they are more likely to be injured or worse. I would keep them properly restrained in a good carrier. You can make stops to let them roam around the car a little, if you are able to do this without risking them getting out of the car and you can get them back in the carriers. Otherwise, I would recommend going shorter distances and then stopping at a pet friendly hotel (I am not sure how long you mean by long distance); it will take longer but the cats will be happier.

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Michele Z.
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Sep 22, 2009

No, it isn't okay to let cats loose in a vehicle! Too many things could go wrong, and most of them would have been preventable--if the cats had been properly restrained in a carrier.

If there were an accident or some type of situation (e.g., window got smashed or cat bumped an electronic window open), your cats would also be free to "flee"--and they would because they'd be scared. It isn't worth the risk of injuring or losing your cats. Please properly restrain them!

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Ourstaff
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Sep 22, 2009

It is as safe to allow a cat to roam around a moving car as it is to allow as baby. If you brake suddenly they can fly through the windshield or grab onto the something (like your head) to save themselves. I have air line approved heavy duty carriers for each of my cats (I found them in the dog section of Pets Supply Plus). I leave them around so the Girls can use them to nap/hide in. That has helped because they feel safe in them now

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Norrie
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Sep 22, 2009

Oooops, I meant to say NO but started to say yes, it is dangerous, sorry, haven't had my coffee yet!

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