Motion Sickness in Cats

Motion Sickness in Cats

 

Motion sickness is pretty easy to spot in cats.  Most pet parents can see the signs of nausea: hanging their head, drooling, yawning and of course, vomiting.  This affliction is quite common in kittens and young cats, but the good news is that most cats tend to grow out of it the way people do.  Young animals do not have fully developed inner ears so the motion throws off their balance.  Adult cats that are not used to riding in the car may also experience the same discomfort, but most animals eventually will get used to it.

 

If your cat tends to get sick riding in the car, it is best to avoid feeding them (even a treat) for about an hour before the car ride so there is nothing in their stomach to vomit.  Crates are always a safe option for travelling with cats, plus if the cat does get sick it will be contained.  Make sure there is good air flow in the car from air conditioning or an open window because that can help ease the cat’s stomach.  Calming supplements or ginger supplements can help sooth your cat’s nervous stomach.  Talk to your vet about anti-nausea medications for serious cases or cats that do not grow out of the condition.

 

 

 

Studies

 

Control of car sickness in a dog by V-12.

 

Motion sickness potentiates core cooling during immersion in humans.

 

Motion sickness: more than nausea and vomiting.

 

Treatment of motion sickness.

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