Your kitten must always travel in a secure, safe carry case. Anything else is too dangerous for your kitten and for you. Never be tempted to nurse him on your knee whilst in the car.If our kitten is flying to you, he will arrive in his own PP20 airline approved cat carry case.If you are collecting your kitten from Oz Catz, don’t be tempted to buy a cute little carry case from the $2 shop—he will quickly outgrow it and if he is cramped in his carry case, he will quickly become distressed.Oz Catz has airline approved cat carry cases available in several sizes.A PP20 is the smallest sized carry case recommended for your Ocicat, no matter what his age. A soft comfortable blanket should be used in the carry case for your cat.If your cat seems distressed in his carry case when travelling in the car, a light covering over the case may help if it is not too hot.When travelling in the car, thread the safety belt through the handle on top of the case to keep your kitten and your passengers safe.
Turn off your car radio or CD. Close the windows to reduce the wind and road noise.If your kitten has little experience of car travel—see it through his eyes— strange scary noises, strange people, strange smells, no friendly Granny or mummy cat.Think of your new kitten as a newly adopted child who just needs comfort and encouragement to blossom.
Despite all your gentle chatting and eliminating all unnecessary scary noises, your kitten just continues to cry quite loudly.What to do?You could try covering the carry case with a light blanket or a shirt. You could stop chattering to him—he may get tired of talking to himself after a while. He may continue and continue.Look at it as a good opportunity to practice putting your mind above the noise—tune out!Never yell at him!He is a frightened and unhappy little baby who wants his mummy! Just don’t stress yourself—as you will only add to your kitten’s stress. Your kitten should grow out of the noisy car travel in time and will come to enjoy the car trip as an exciting adventure to exciting places and people.
Use a safety belt or safety harness to secure the carry case. Thread the belt through the handle of the carry case.Never be tempted to let your kitten out of the carry case whilst in the car—it can be extremely dangerous!Always use a proper cat carry case to transport your cat in the car.
Although my general advice to you is to chatter to your kitten all the time—you need to imprint your voice over mine—when it comes to travelling in the car, this may be tricky.But as he learns to trust you, he will also learn to relax in the car.