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5 Ways to Keep Your Pet Entertained on a Long Car Trip


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Take Breaks
Taking your cat for a stroll didn't necessarily go out of fashion in the 1930s.
Taking your cat for a stroll didn't necessarily go out of fashion in the 1930s.
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The general rule of thumb for traveling with animals is to take a break every two hours. Besides the necessity of the bathroom break, it's a great opportunity for you to exercise your pet. A tired and worn out pet makes for a better travel companion, so you'll be doing yourself a favor if you take some extra time with it at rest stops. Make sure you have your leash ready to go at your rest stop -- your pet doesn't want to wait while you rifle through your packed bags.­

You may find other dogs at the rest stop, and many have areas specifically designated for dogs. Take advantage of this. A 20- to 30-minute playdate with another dog is far better than a leash walk. But if there aren't any other dogs around, you need to walk or even run a high-energy dog. If you're traveling through wilderness areas, plan a mid-day hike with your pooch. You can also walk your cat -- just start that at home before your trip to get them used to being on a leash.