From booster seats to cat totes, here are ways to travel happily and safely with your pet.
Pet booster seat
You have to see it to believe it, but there is such a thing as a pet booster seat. (See main image) It will elevate your furry friend to give a clearer view and includes creature comforts such as removable and washable liners to keep the seat clean and fresh. Buy yours here
Tote bags for cats
Have you ever looked at your cat before heading off to the vet with her under your arm, and thought, “I should put you in a tote bag”? Well, look no further. These specially made sacks are not all novelty, they include a seat belt clip too. Buy yours here
Seat belt safety clip
If you’re involved in a car accident, the restraining device will keep your four-legged companion from crashing into the front window or car seat.
Try a seat belt safety clip. It loops through your existing seat belt and attaches to your pet’s harness. Rogz do a great and simple option.
Portable drinking troughs
Keeping your pet hydrated while travelling is a key concern. Travelling with a water bottle and a bowl can be messy and take up precious space. Enter the travel water bottle and drinking trough. This nifty accessory is bound to get a ‘that’s clever’ remark. Buy yours here
Finally, if you’re looking to invest in a pet-friendly car, look for one that has fold-flat seats
Although a fairly obvious feature, you’ll want to check that the seats fold completely flat so that your pooch doesn’t slip around on a seat that folds to an angle.
“Most hatchbacks have a good fold-flat seat function. The Hyundai i20 would be a good entry level option to consider” advises AutoTrader CEO George Mienie.
Rear climate control would be another aspect to consider, to keep the car airy and cool in the back. “Cars like the Volvo V60 include a rear climate control, as well as optional pet barrier” advises Mienie.