About 6 weeks ago, we adopted 2 senior cats.
While bringing them home, one of the cats defecated in her carrier.
Last night, I took them both to our vet for a checkup. Each cat has their own carrier, and both rode in the front of the car with me. I drove back roads as much as possible, and did my best to avoid sudden stops and acceleration.
The ride to the veterinarian's office is much shorter than the ride from the pet food store we rescued them from, and I was pleased to see that we made it without another incident.
However, on the way home after the appointment, she defecated again (I suspect shortly before we arrived at home, as I did not smell it until I went to pick her up).
Clearly both cats were very stressed by the car ride, but so far 2 out of 3 short trips have resulted in the 13 year old female making a mess.
Are there any strategies for minimizing this? The obvious solution would be to only take her right after she uses the litter, but since we have to schedule our appointments weeks ahead of time, and the time of the appointments largely depends on the doctor's availability and my work schedule, I'm not sure how practical that would be.
Are there other strategies that might help?