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how to create a pet car survival kit

This pet car survival kit is primarily designed for dogs. 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.

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.

4 essentials for road trips with pets.

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:

1. bags for scooping poop.

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).

2. a leash for each pet.

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.

3. dog chow.

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.

4. a bowl for water; a second bowl for food.

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.

Visit the Clean Organized Home Store for the supplies and products you need to cruise comfortably with your pet.



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Tara Aronson

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.