4 tips for creating 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.

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 earth-rated dog waste bags. They're designed to hold the smelly stuff safely and be earth friendly. But I think I really just like the lovely lavender scent. It totally beats the alternative.

  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 whether 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.

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