Does anybody know how to make a cat go to sleep? I have to take her on a long drive and I want her to sleep so she doesn't get too stressed. I tried using the calming spray but it doesn't work on her.
Does anybody have an advice?
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The first thing to make sure is that you take your cat on small trips in your car so that she gets used to it. Start it with a trip for a few minutes and then return home. This is to show your cat that nothing bad happens and for her to get used to the situation.
It is best to use a fairly small carrier for your cat. Cats do feel safer in small spaces. You will need to put a towel in the carrier and it is best if you use one on which the cat has rested upon. If the towel smells of her she will feel more at home.
Before you take the cat for the long drive you will probably try to limit feeding and drinking right before you leave so your cat can go for some time before she needs to eliminate.
You need to bring food and water if the drive is long. She will probably not eat but try to get her to drink a little during the drive.
I do not think she will be able to sleep during the drive but she will hopefully be able to relax a little.
Drives can be very stressful for cats, especially if they've been medicated. It is highly recommended that cats in a car, in boats, or on planes remain unmedicated during the trip, both for comfort, and safety reasons.
Instead of trying to have her sleep, I would rather look into getting her a comfortable enough cage, and making sure she has a view during the drive. I'd also look into pheromone spray to make it feel less alien (the spray is basically artificial scent marking, so it smells more like her own territory.)
I don't know about other cats but I can answer based on my experience with my cat.
During a journey, if we put her in a cage she gets too stressed and constantly calls for our attention. If we cover the cage with a towel she gets even more stressed.
She is a complete lap cat. The only thing that can relax her is lying on our lap with our assuring hand on her. She can even calmly go to sleep then.
Regarding elimination, she knows that she has to inform us about her need to eliminate. We can understand it and act accordingly.