Pet Car Kits: How to Create A Roadtrip Survival Kit for Your Dog.
Yes, I know cats travel, too. But dogs are the more frequent travelers.
I've yet to see a family let Fluffy the cat bound out of the hatchback at a soccer practice or baseball game.
will slink under the brake pedal without your realizing it - until you
can't press the brake pedal.
If you want to confine your cat or dog on a somewhat regular basis, invest in a gate for the back of the minivan or car.
Essentials to keep inside the car for when your four-legged family member comes along for the ride include:
I use the plastic bags you get at the grocery store (I like to
consider it my form of recycling or getting a second use for it).
This may seem like a "duh", but often times dashing out the door you or the kids might forget it in a rush.
By have a "spare" or second
leash already in the car, there's less the think about as you're dashing
out the door to soccer practice.
Sometimes, your errands or carpool might take longer than expected; be prepared so your hungry animal doesn't get restless or loud (barking comes to mind here).
If you're unsure there will be a faucet or hose nearby your destination(s), consider including a water bottle in your mobile kit.
They needn't be fancy - even a plastic picnic-style dish will do.
In a pinch, it's nice to know you don't have to consider whether your destination(s) will have bowls available
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About the Author
Tara Aronson is a native Californian. Having grown up in San Diego, she studied journalism and Spanish to pursue a career in newspaper writing. Tara, whose three children - Chris, Lyndsay, and Payne - are the light of her life, now lives and writes in Los Angeles. She also regularly appears on television news programs throughout the U.S.