Life Hacks for Cats: How to Travel with Your Cat in the Car| Guest Blogger Zara Lewis

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If you’re a proud cat owner who doesn’t what to go anywhere without their cat – welcome to the club! We completely understand your concerns, but if you’re worried because you’ve never travelled with your pet, all we have to say is: stay with us and keep on reading. Here are four amazing life hacks that will make your upcoming trip a piece of cake, so check them out and learn how to travel with your cat in the car without any problems. Enjoy!

Always put your safety first

The first thing you should do before hitting the road is to put your overall safety in the first place and get your car checked. Of course, a breakdown is the last thing you want when travelling with your cat on a hot summer day, so make sure to take your car to your trusty mechanic for a safety check-up and tune-up. Let’s take Aussies as an example: as road trips have become extremely popular in the Land Down Under over the last couple of years, more and more people have started to realize the importance of regular check-ups and seeing their mechanics. Before their trip kicks off, they usually rely on a trusted mobile mechanic in Sydney or another nearby town and have a professional come over and run a thorough check-up of their car in their own garage. This is the best way to save some time and make your car the safest place for you and your cat, so don’t skip this step and you’ll see what we’re talking about!

Don’t forget to get a good travel crate before you hit the road

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A quality travel crate is what you need before embarking on a longer trip with your kitty, so make sure to get one according to the size and weight of your cat. Needless to say, it should be big enough so that your cat feels as comfortable as possible. We must say that letting your pet move freely around your car while you’re driving isn’t safe at all, as it can get under your feet and negatively affect your driving skills, which is exactly why a travel crate is an absolute must. Besides that, your cat can easily get injured if you allow it to move around, so be sure to provide a safe, quiet place for your kitty and it will certainly relieve any anxiety it may feel.

Make sure to familiarize your cat with your car

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One of the most important things before hitting the road with your cat is making sure that it feels comfortable in your car. In order to accomplish that, you must give it a chance to get familiar with that type of environment, which is particularly important if you’ve never taken it for a ride before. You should start by taking your cat out to the car and just sitting in the back seat together. Be sure to bring some treats, too, so that your kitty feels safe in your car. Let it sniff and explore the new environment. Then put it in its crate, so that it knows where it will be when you travel, and drive for a few blocks. Repeat the practice a few more times before your important trip, so that your cat can properly adjust and get used to your car.

Talk to your vet about medications for your cat

Another important thing you should do before your trip is talking to your vet about medications for your cat. This is particularly important if that is your first time travelling with your pet, so that you can learn what to expect and how to deal with any potential problems. You should also talk to your vet if your kitty didn’t respond well to test drives so that you can get medications for anxiety or motion sickness in time. You should bear in mind that too long trips like cross-country ones may be too overwhelming for your cat, so you can always ask for a prescribed relaxant or herb to relieve anxiety and help it feel at peace. Besides that, you should also know that your cat should be microchipped, which is of the utmost importance when travelling. If it already is, be sure that the information associated with the microchip is up to date, and your cat will be more than fine!

As you can see, there are a lot of ways to make your trip a lot more pleasant and comfortable – no matter if you’ve already travelled with your cat, or it’s your first time. Apart from a quality travel crate and medications prescribed by the vet, you should also make sure that your car is safe enough and that your cat is familiar with the new environment so that it can feel as comfy and relaxed as possible. Once that’s done, you’re ready to go!

Zara Lewis

mail: zaraelewis@gmail.com

Fiat 500| A new look

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If you’ve been following my blog you know this isn’t the first time I tried a Fiat 500. It’s one of my favorite cars in terms of design and size and a proof of that is my last year’s review.

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Now I got to that point in my life where I need to buy a new car and the choice is not easy. Also, I want to make sure I buy the right one and to be able to decide I had to try the Cinquecento one more time.

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This time I went for a Diesel, which turned out to be much more economical. In terms of space, I like a small car that I can park anywhere, but also with enough interior space because I like my shopping now and then and I have quite tall friends! Of course my friends will complain, especially if I send them to the backseat, but at least my shopping bags will fit. More shopping, less lifts home.

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Something that let me down on both of the cars was the sound system, so that’s something I’ll have to invest if I decide to go for this car. Even a 5 minutes ride to town needs to have background music. Good sound quality most of all.

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I guess all is left for now is choosing the colours.

 

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Fiat 500 L

After this long summer break, I’m back to experiencing driving new cars and sharing it with you. If you’ve been following my blog, you know I wrote a review of the Fiat 500, you can read it here.

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This time I tried the Fiat 500 L, a car that has nothing to do with the Cinqueciento. It’s much bigger which makes it harder to find a parking space and actually park. In other hand, it has a lot of visibility and since it’s bigger, the spaces, especially at the back are bigger too. You can actually fit in the back seats, no matter your size.

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But when it comes to being comfortable, I’m sorry but that’s not the case, and you don’t need a very long ride to start feeling it. The engine also makes a lot of noise compared to all the cars I drove till now. And if you want to hide the noise with music, the sound system in this car also has a lot of failures.

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Although, if you want to try it yourself or search for more information, click here.

Next month I’ll bring you one of my favourites, so stay tuned.
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