This pet car survival kit is primarily designed for dogs.
Yes, I know cats travel, too. But dogs are the more frequent travelers. But I've yet to see a family let Fluffy the cat bound out of the hatchback at a soccer practice or baseball game.
Cats will slink under the brake pedal without your realizing it - until you can't press the brake pedal.
This is probably one of the main reasons we don't usually take cats along for the ride.
To prevent such a disaster for all involved, invest in a gate for the back of the car if you do travel with a cat. It's also safer for dogs, too. 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 having a "spare" or second leash already in the car, there's less to think about in the rush to get 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.