Originally Posted by Larke
And what if she soils something there, or even scratches out of fear? Cats make crummy travellers at the best of times and are territorial - they need their normal smells around them to navigate properly and relax, and may even get into trouble hiding in places you can't imagine if in a strange place (never mind possibly even escaping).
I actually disagree with these statements. I believe if cats are taken in the car from a young age they will get used to travelling and can actually enjoy it. (I'm sure there will be exceptions to this as well.) Bijou and Mika have been taken for car rides and carried around in a cloth carrier (similar to a baby carrier but with clips inside for the leash/harness) since they were 10 weeks old. They both have been taken with us shopping - food store, hardware store, Canadian Tire store, library, Home Sense and the list goes on. We took them to a rented cottage with us this summer and they were wonderful in the car on a 4.5 hour trip there and another 4.5 hours home. While at the cottage we took them out on harness and leash and they were a big hit with all the children and one couple from Vancouver Island asked for permission to take pictures of them (which we were proud to comply in the affirmative). Apparently Bijou enjoyed it so much that now if he is out in the yard and we open the car door, he jumps in and settles on the back seat or up in the back window waiting to go for a ride.
So, my answer to your query is "why not!". Getting your kitty used to the car
and your parent's home is not a bad thing. I would however suggest that you confine the kitty to one room with litter, food and water until she gets more comfortable with her surroundings. If you visit frequently, over a period of time she may well be quite comfortable at your parents' place.