When you travel with your cat in the car, you ask yourself a thousand and one questions, one of which is particularly worrying: how do I know if my cat wants to urinate or do the big errand. And yes, because it is not uncommon to see anxious cats unable to restrain themselves. But how to perceive the signs Don't panic, I'll give you some little tips for spotting the warning signs that your cat can no longer contain itself..
First of all, for anxious cats, don't hesitate to talk to your veterinarian who will give you the best advice to reduce your animal's stress and the risk of a pee/poo accident.
During the journey, pay attention to the behavior of your cat. The first sign that can put you in the ear is meowing. It will be necessary to distinguish the meows due to the stress of the trip from those due to the desire to defecate.
If it's about long, harsh, repeated meows then your cat is most certainly warning you that he wants to do his business. It will also be much more speed » than usual, trying to scratch and of to move in all directions. It will then be time to make a technical stop.
Litter in the car or outside?
During the break, if your cat is used to being kept on a leash, you can offer him his litter box which you will put next to the car. If your cat is not used to walking on a leash and/or is anxious by nature, then I recommend that you present his litter box directly to him in the car. I also recommend a litter box with a roof and a door. In the first case, your cat will be less disturbed by the outside environment to do its business and in the second case, it will save you, at the end of the trip, from having to vacuum to suck up all the small grains of litter scattered all over the back seat ^^'.
Present him his litter at each break
At each break, at least every 2 hours, offer him his litter box. It certainly won't do every time, but it can prevent it from being forgotten along the way.
Where to store litter?
We are not going to lie to each other, it is still more pleasant to drive without having an odor in the passenger compartment of the car. I therefore advise you to put your cat's toilet in the trunk of the car during the journey and to take it out only during breaks. If your cat has relieved itself, I advise you to clean the litter box and then put it away in a plastic bag that you will put in the trunk. Important: don't forget the shovel, which can be very useful!
What if my cat shows me no signs?
For some cats, no warning sign can put you in the ear. In this case, I recommend that you place under it alarge disposable underpad or a terry towel that you will have no regrets parting with if it ever gets soiled.