Cat, road trip, hot weather, weak AC in the car
May 23, 2014 3:18 PM Subscribe
Moving this weekend! With a cat. Three hours in the car. Air conditioning in the car is not awesome. What can I do to ensure the safety of the cat?
posted by radiosilents to Pets & Animals (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The AC will eventually get the car to a comfortable temperature, but it takes a while. It'll take about 30min to get the interior temperature to where it wants to be.
It's Memorial Day weekend in Oklahoma, so it'll probably be decently warm outside (mid-80s). I'm worried about the cat in the car during the trip. For a solid hour we'll be on the turnpike with very limited opportunities to get OFF the turnpike.
What can we do to mitigate this? Put an ice pack under his carrier (made of cloth, not a hardshell) to keep it and him cool? Keep the windows open until the AC can really start doing it's thing? Drive around for half an hour to get the AC kicking a little bit before we move him into it?
How much danger is the cat in? What are the warning signs of an overheated feline? How rapidly do we go from "uncomfortable" to "dangerous"? If we find ourselves in a bad situation heat/cat-wise, what do we do? What else do I need to know?