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Unless you are traveling a very long distance, it is recommended that your pets accompany you in your car. It provides more sense of security for yourself and your beloved pet. Several weeks beforehand, condition your pets to riding in cars.

If your pet, especially your cat, isn't used to car travel, take it on short rides around the block several weeks beforehand and then gradually increase the distance. This will help condition your cat to the space in your car and more importantly, to the motion of the car. Train your pet to sit still and not move around. Too much fidgeting may cause injury to your pet once the car is running.

However, some pets may never become accustomed. Consult your veterinarian about medication or sedatives to reduce or eliminate motion sickness, constant agitation and crying.

First, whether you are moving locally or a longer distance, make the drive with your pet more accommodating by packing a "Pet Travel Suitcase"

Avoid feeding or giving your pets water for several hours before your drive. It is important that you are attentive to your pets' well-being. If they are uncomfortable in any way, make a stop. Remember to leash them before letting them out of the car. Limit feeding of your pets to once a day during the move, preferably in the evening, unless your veterinarian instructs otherwise.

Never leave your pets in the car alone. It is against the law. However, if you must, remember to open the windows halfway and to lock the doors. Do not leave it alone for too long.

Before crossing into another state, know that some states have border inspection of all animals.