How to Relax Your Cat When Traveling

Taking your skittish cat on a trip?

Whether if you want to take your cat to the Vet, or if you are going on vacations or moving to another house, traveling with your pet could be stressful for your feline friend.


Stressed cat in a kennel carrier (Frankieleon photo)

Cats get stressed because when you put them in a car, they are being taken from their territory, which is the most important part of a feline life.

A cat marks with its scent every corner in the house and mostly on furniture to make sure this is part of its territory. These marks are made through rubbing its face through surfaces so when the cat smells this scent it feels safe, secure and relaxed in its territory without any other threat. But what’s this scent? It’s called pheromone.


What is cat pheromone?

Pheromone is a chemical factor secreted by the cat. There are different type of pheromones located on the cat’s chin, lower back, tail or paws.

The feline facial pheromone are secreted by the cat’s glands that are located on the chin, mouth, forehead and cheeks. The feline facial pheromone is used for the cat to mark surfaces, objects and also people. When a cat marks its territory with its pheromones it makes it feel secure, relaxed and happy.

If your cat is skittish by nature imagine how it’ll be when traveling. In order to comfort your cat and make it feel relaxed during a trip there are good alternatives that will make your trip a better experience for you and your cat.


A First Solution: Spray Pheromones

Pheromone Spray

Pheromone Spray

There are sprays that contain pheromones so you can spray wherever your cat will be traveling with you. Just spray the car and the pet kennel carrier before your Vet trip, or when going on vacations or if you are moving to another house.

You can buy Pheromones in spray bottles or diffuser. The spray is more suitable to use when traveling. In my case, I bought both the spray and diffuser so I use the spray in the car when traveling with my cat and I use the Diffuser at home that gets plugged in and releases pheromones up to 500-660 square feet around the house. The diffuser is very good to use if you move to another house and you want your cat to have a stress-free transition to its new environment.

Cat Pheromones Diffuser

Cat Pheromones Diffuser

Also, you can use cat pheromones to change some behaviors such as urine marking and vertical scratching. In this case is good to use the spray and apply it directly on the affected area.

I must say that I am very happy that my Vet recommended me to use pheromones to travel with my cat because I also discovered the diffuser kit that has brought a much more friendly environment for my cat.

My cat used to be very skittish and not very affectionate all the time, now after using pheromones I have noticed a big difference in my cat’s behavior. She is happier, more confident and much more affectionate.

Your cat does not have to be stressed because of trips. The solution is simple and you’ll notice a big difference in your cat’s behavior when spraying pheromones.


If your cat calms down with pheromones in a new environment (e.g. inside the car) but you still see your pet being sick and drooling during the trip you can try another alternative or complementary solution to pheromones.

A Second Solution: Homeopathic Drops

That happened to me when traveling with Sophie in the car she calmed down with pheromones but after about 2 hours I noticed she looked miserable and drooling which really concerned me. After going to a local Vet she told me that a good solution to avoid car sickness in a cat is a natural remedy stress relief for pets called Rescue Remedy. She said that this really works. I was a little skeptical but I still bought one and I can’t believe that something natural like this worked!

Its ingredients are Rock Rose (Helianthemum nummularium), Clematis (Clematis vitalba), Impatiens (Impatiens glandulifera), Cherry Plum (Prunis cerasifera), Star of Bethlehem (Ornithologum umbellatum). Inactive ingredients: 80% glicerine, 20% water.

Before the trip I put 4 drops in her wet food. The dosage of this great homeopathic solution doesn’t depend on the cat’s weight but the level of stress is going to be exposed. So you will be checking how your cat behaves with 4 drops if still shows stress signs give her a little more during the trip.

This solution works for any stressful situation you will expose your cat, Vet visits, new environments, etc. It also works for dogs, for example, excessive barking. And you don’t have to worry about safety since this homeopathic remedy is veterinarian recommended worldwide.

So finally I found the my best solution when traveling by car with my cat and it is spraying some pheromones in the car and kennel and also giving her these drops in her food previous to the trip.

My trip back home couldn’t be better and it was a long 28 hours trip including a night in an hotel.

I guarantee your cat will be relaxed during your trip with these tricks. Good luck on your next adventure with your cat.

Lorena Avila is a Marketing Engineer, Writer, cat figures collector, cat lover and cat owner as well but above all a very passionate investigator of felines. She started investigating cat products 5 years ago when she couldn't find reliable reviews on the internet to buy an automatic feeder for her own cat and since then she has been helping others providing honest information online.