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Q: Why do dogs love car rides and cats hate them?

January 7, 2009 | By Erin L. | 8 answers | Expired: 2133 days ago

Erin L.

our dog gets so excited but our cats we use to have would freak out

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Bonnie K.
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Jan 15, 2009

Cats don't like a change in enviroment, so going to a car is not a good thing to most of them. Mine however, love to ride in the car and sit on your lap to look out the window.

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Debbie V.
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Jan 12, 2009

Cats eyes are designed to detect motion. In a moving car, there's too much moving for the cat to try to track. Whenever we need to take our cat somewhere, we keep our cat in the cat carrier covered up with a blanket. When we moved to Portland, our cat traveled 2000 miles in our car. He didn't like being locked up in a carrier all day. But as long as he couldn't see outside, he was fine.

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Susan R.
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Jan 12, 2009

Dogs are very different from cats. Most dogs like traveling with their owners and enjoy looking out the car window as it is moving. Most cats don't like being taken out of familiar territory and get nervous when they are.

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Anonymous
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Anonymous

Jan 08, 2009

Cats seem to be just freaky little creatures living in parallel universes to ours.

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Ragdollkitties
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Jan 08, 2009

Dogs probably get to go to more fun places in the car, so they have less of a negative association with it. Cats usually go in the car only when they're going to the vet, which they hate. Dogs get to go to the park, for walks, to the pet store, and many other fun places via the car.

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Melissa
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Jan 08, 2009

I find that dogs like to be with their owners and outside. They do not mind lot of the movement where as cats hates a lot of movement. They prefer to move by there self. When I hold my nieces cat and start walking he wants down.

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Carolyn C.
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Jan 08, 2009

Because dogs love all experiences where they can be with their family while cats always have to be in control. If cats could drive the car, they wouldn't mind so much, but then they'd want to decide where to go, too!

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Katy Q.
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Jan 08, 2009

:) Seems to me its because dogs are more social and outgoing. They like people and being with their people and potentially meeting new people and seeing new places. Also, we start taking them in the car fairly early on in their lives so they are more used to it. I've never seen a kitten with a car aversion.

Cats are not as interested in changes to their environment and tend to be skittish about possible "dangers". Moving the furniture around can totally rock their world. And they rarely like new people. Thus, they like things to be familiar and comfortable. Being thrust into the strange new environment and sensation of a moving car blows their minds.

Also, cats never get to go anywhere fun in the car. You can show a dog the car is fun by taking him to the dog park. Cats don't generally dig the dog park.

But there are all sorts of pets out there. If you find a cat that gets into meeting new people and loves checking out new things, I bet he would like a car ride also. Maybe not the dog park so much.

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