Need Advice From Truckers With Pets On Truck

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Patrick 's Comment
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I am about to take my cat on board, and he has never ridden on a truck before. He is 2 years old. Is there any special thing I should do to make him more relaxed so he can get used to being on a moving truck.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Hey, Patrick, how ya doin? Long time no hear from you!

Can't help you with any experience of pets in board. I've had cats at home, though but so have you. If you can, stay on the truck with the cat, without going anywhere, without the engine. After the overnight, start the truck up and idle for 30 minutes to an hour, just so he'll get used to it. Make sure he knows where The Box is. If he's nervous he'll do his best to get out. A collar & leash on the truck, at least for a while?

Mikey B.'s Comment
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I have a dog not a cat however from a previous event with a personal vehicle I would recommend bringing a pet carrier just in case. I had a cat my daughter was bringing in my car, was her cat but she was bringing it home when I got custody of her, apparently didnt like cars and ran from windshield to back glass scratching and peeing until I manage to open the door and it ran out. Never got the smell out of cat pee out of that car and the cat stayed right where it was!

Sualen L.'s Comment
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No exp trucking here - yet - but I use to work for a vet hospital. They would recommend those pheromone calming plug ins. Might be worth a shot. I’ve never had to get one until now and I’d swear it’s been working (some negative reviews aside). My cats have never touched noses before until today. One still hisses at the other but I’ve never seen them that close. I’ve had cat for about 3 yrs and introduced the new one about two months ago. Anyway, I got Feliway but there are a few other brands and there’s calming collars too. I hope this helps.

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Truckin Along With Kearse's Comment
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Hello... would you believe i have a video on this?

My cat Goofball was with me for 4 years... he died recently... at 14 years old. check out my video. He was fine. I put him in the truck a couple days before we left and started it periodically. After a month he refused to get off.of it. they adjust

Trucking With Pets? What You Need to Know

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I had my cat CiCi ( Coca Cola) on my truck for 6 months. she never tore anything up but once. I had gone shopping at Wallyworld and brought back paper towels. one roll fell off the top bunk and proceeded to rip the roll to bits. since I hadn't left yet I went back in and got her some cat toys. she never ripped anything else up. she would occupy her time on the truck mostly sleeping. Seeing she would sleep some 18 hours throughout the day. Her favorite toy was these small whiffle balls that had a small bell inside. she would smack that thing around.

But getting to your point. Make sure she/he is spayed/neutered and front claws clipped every 2-3 weeks. get them a scratching post or something they can scratch on. then get the catnip spray and spray the scratching post. she/he will not scratch your seats. run the engine, let them get used to it. if you do refers, it should do the same. make sure she/he knows where the litter box and food and water are. CiCi liked to lay on the dash when the sun was out. and if you have front closing curtains, she would go up there when I would leave the truck. She would be on the look out for me when I would return. most of all show them that you love them.

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