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Can Cats Get Car Sick?

Saturday, July 30, 2016
posted by Jim Murphy

catcarrierWhen I lived in New Jersey, my two cats would make the 210 mile trip to Delaware practically every week. They did this for about ten years. When my cat Millie was younger she would frequently vomit in her cat carrier early on in the trip. We had to pull over, clean her carrier and move on. As she got older, the vomiting stopped. Cats can get motion sickness. One possible cause can be emotional. I believe that this was the case with Millie. She’s high strung and does not like being taken out of her cozy little environment.

Pet Md has put together a list of symptoms that can quickly identify cat motion sickness.

  • Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
  • Crying out in distress
  • Immobility, or acting afraid to move
  • Vomiting or regurgitation
  • Urinating or defecating

My cat Molly showed all of these signs. If you’re traveling, try to keep your cats carrier close to you. This way you can tell whether or not your cat is getting sick. It’s also a good idea to check with your vet. There may be some pet medication that can ease the discomfort of motion sickness.

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