How to Keep Your Pet Happy and Relaxed in the Car
A lot of us have been there: Your pet’s going along for a ride. You arrive at your destination, positive nothing could have possibly gone wrong while your attention was on the road. You park, grab your things, and turn around only to find an apocalyptic mess in your back seat. How could one furry creature cause such a catastrophe?
That question may never be answered. But there are several types of vehicle accessories that can mitigate these inconveniences.
Between harnesses, carriers, crates, car seats, barriers, and ramps there’s no shortage of options available to you. Below you’ll find a rundown on these accessories as well as the ways in which they can be used for your pets’ enjoyment.
It can be overwhelming when you see the number of pet harnesses being sold today. But it’s understandable when you consider their effectiveness in keeping pets secured on a comfy seat without the need for an enclosed carrier or crate. Many of these harnesses are easy to use and attach directly to your seat belt. Your pet can then enjoy the ride, and you can drive confidently knowing your pet isn’t getting involved in any number of pet-related shenanigans. They are also very affordable, ranging between $5 and $25.
Carriers and Crates
If you’re short on space or have particularly rambunctious pets, you can use a carrier or crate to make sure they can’t roam freely in your vehicle and create a mess. Soft carriers and hard crates are available that can help significantly in these types of situations. Cats and other smaller animals are often kept in carriers during car rides so they don’t squeeze themselves into confined spaces and get lost in the vehicle. Carriers and crates vary more in price and quality. They can start anywhere around $20 and easily exceed $100 for larger sizes.
If you want to give your furry friend a better view in your vehicle, you’ll want to check out the available car seat options for pets. These seats really come in handy for smaller animals and can give your pets an extra height boost so they can see out of the windows more easily. They’re particularly useful if you want your pets to stay secure while still having a full view of their surroundings. Car seats for pets are similar in price to carriers and crates.
Barrier devices can be incredibly useful when transporting pets because they prevent access to the front seats from the rest of the vehicle. Pets being allowed to hop on your lap and roam freely throughout your vehicle can be a major distraction, so for particularly energetic animals, these devices can prove to be very beneficial. Most barriers provide enough of a view that pets can still enjoy the ride while remaining in the back seat. They range in price from approximately $20 to $80 depending on the size and quality of the barrier.
It’s important that your pets can enter and exit your vehicle comfortably. Having a low entry point can be extremely helpful in ensuring your smaller or older pets can get in and out of your vehicle without trouble. Vehicle ramps are useful in this regard because they take away the need for animals to jump into vehicles, which can be tough on their legs and even result in injury. Some animals are fine without them, but ramps only make your pet’s life easier when getting in the car for a drive.
We hope this has helped with your decision on which pet accessories are right for you and your vehicle. There really are a ton of options to choose from when it comes to making sure your pet is relaxed and happy when going along for a ride.