Traveling with a Ragdoll Cat by Car
On March 14, 2016 a reader, Cindy, wrote in saying:
Do you ever give your Ragdolls any medications prior to car travel? We travel from Florida to our hometown in Mississippi several times a year (5 hour trip) and have taken Rocket, our Ragdoll kitten, with us on 4 trips so far. He has never vomited or had any drooling, but it takes him about an hour to settle down (meows off and on & scratches all around in his carrier). If I let him out of his carrier, he still meows and climbs around to different areas in the car. He usually settles down after about an hour and naps off and on. He just does not ever seem completely comfortable.
I’ve tried a couple of different brands of natural calming aid chews from Petsmart/Petco, but he will NOT eat the chews. I’ve tried crumbling them in his food, mixing them with his treats, etc. I certainly do not want to “drug” him, but I do want him to be comfortable. The vet said he can have Dramamine (he is 7 months old and weighs 9 pounds), but I was just wondering if you had any experience with giving your Ragdolls anything for car travel.
I’ve also ordered him a pet car booster seat to see if this will help, since he does not like being in his pet carrier. I feel certain it is the motion that bothers him, since he calms down right away when we stop the vehicle. We do not have any issues with him at our parent’s or friend’s home where we visit. He acts right at home wherever we are with no behavior problems whatsoever.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated 🙂
You might try Rescue Remedy – – to see if it does anything different. Didn’t help my Charlie who foams at the mouth, but other readers have reported that it works. You can also read the reviews on Amazon through that link.
I can also post your question on our Facebook page to get more ideas – please advise.
Cindy did want me to post it on our Facebook page and I did so – readers offered great suggestions.
On March 21, 2016 Cindy reported back:
Hi, I’m Jenny Dean, creator of Floppycats! Ever since my Aunt got the first Ragdoll cat in our family, I have loved the breed. Inspired by my childhood Ragdoll cat, Rags, I created Floppycats to connect, share and inspire other Ragdoll cat lovers around the world,