2020 Transportation of Cats in Motor Vehicles
The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) advocates transporting cats safely, minimizing feline distress, and promoting overall an emotionally positive experience for the cat. Veterinary professionals working with cats are charged with educating clients/caregivers on what is an appropriate carrier (size and material) for the cat, acclimating and training the cat to the carrier, and secure placement of the carrier within the vehicle. While not the exclusive reason, the most frequent reason cats are transported away from their home is for health examinations at the veterinary practice. The veterinary visit actually starts at the home by following the mentioned principles to minimize feline distress and promote a more positive experience within the veterinary practice.
In order to educate veterinary professionals, veterinary team members, and clients/caregivers toward these goals, the following resources are available:
- AAFP and ISFM Feline-Friendly Handling Guidelines (page 367)
- Getting Your Cat to the Veterinarian
- AAFP Cat Friendly Homes – Choosing the Perfect Cat Carrier
- Catalyst Council – Cats and carriers: friends not foes
This Position Statement has been updated from: 2010 Transport of Cats.