|Purred: Wed Dec 12, '07 10:14am PST |
|I think the sedative might help your older cat enjoy the ride a bit more and be less stressed. This might in turn help her get over her fear of cars.
Once you do have more time, though, it is good to car train your cat. I hated car rides, but meowmy has been doing this thing where she's taking me outside in the crate almost every day, either walking me down to the big yard behind the apartment (then we sit and listen to the birds), or taking me on short car rides. I am doing better with them now that I realize we never seem to go to the vet anymore (I almost miss the lady), although I still panic when/if we hit road bumps. I always get treated to Greenies when we come home, extras if I've been very good and have not been crying at all.
Mom is looking to take me on more car rides before Christmas, and longer ones too. I will have to spend a lot of time in cars because the pawrents are traveling a lot, and don't want to leave me at home alone. Mom is hoping that by the time we leave town in a week and a half, I will be A-ok with the car. Dad called the vet and a vet tech swore by giving a cat a half of a children's benadryl, but mom doesn't feel inclined to medicate me just to make me more pliable (plus I can be a pain after being pilled, so that strategy might backfire), so she is hoping that some feliway in the crate and the training will do it.
Edited by author Wed Dec 12, '07 9:41pm PST
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