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C2002-08

Dear Christopher Cat

I am 14, and I like to hold my cat Barney on my lap when we take him in the car to the vet.  My mom wants him in his carrier.  Would you please tell her that I can take proper care of him?

Christopher Responds

I’m afraid I’ll have to side with your mother on this.
If your car were to be involved in a collision at just 30 miles per hour, your 10-lb cat would become a projectile moving with a force of almost 300 pounds – and it would be impossible to hold onto him.  So put Barney in the carrier, and run the seat belt strap through the carrier’s handle.

Leave Barney in the carrier when you arrive at the animal hospital.  Veterinarians’ waiting rooms usually come equipped with barking dogs, so most cats feel more secure when they are in the carrier.  I know I do!

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