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Cat scratches driver, causes wreck on busy Modesto street

post #1 of 13
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Move this if its in the wrong Place. This happened not far from my Vet but the Cat was taken to another Vet. I wonder if she was going to her Vet when it happened. http://www.modbee.com/breakingnews/story/280043.html
post #2 of 13
I know there are exceptions, such as Nial's extremely well behaved Bengals, but I have always been a big proponent of having one's animals restrained in the car. There was a terrible crash right up the road from me several years ago, and the cause was a teen age girl trying to get a kitten out from under the brake pedal. Several people and 5 kittens died. I was so nervous bringing Fluffy home when we rescued her, it was one of the few times I did not have a carrier in my trunk. She was a perfect little lady, though.
post #3 of 13
I would not blame the cat. It's like blaming the alcohol in a DUI accident.
That law makes a lot of sense to me.
post #4 of 13
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Originally Posted by yayi View Post
I would not blame the cat. It's like blaming the alcohol in a DUI accident.
That law makes a lot of sense to me.
the thing is, there are ways to contain a cat if you don't have a carrier. my 1st cat's 2nd vet visit, i took her in a pillowcase i had tied shut. she could breathe just fine, but her mobility was limited. this was after i had tried a collar + leash combo. [can you tell this was the 1st cat i'd ever had? collar + leash doesn't work for cats - you need a harness!]
post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 
I wonder why she was driving with the Cat on her lap. It happened close to my Vets.
post #6 of 13
We don't have carriers for my cats, they hate them. I just keep them on a harness/leash, but I also don't drive alone with them. DH always makes sure they don't end up on my side of the car.
post #7 of 13
I figure a carrier is for the protection of the cat in an accident as well as keeping them from being a distraction. They are always in carriers and belted in. I don't want them to become flying projectiles if something should happen. Also, the carrier will contain them if I need emergency assistance.

Though there was one time I didn't get Much belted in properly. The first corner I took, the carrier went tumbling across the back seat. I felt so bad.

I heard the other day that a California lawmaker wants to make a law that pets need to be restrained in the car. Too bad people don't make the choice themselves.
post #8 of 13
It's much safer for the animals to be in a carrier when they are in the car. My Limerick would rather sleep in the back window of my car then in the carrier. The one day I was drive from my parent's house to Morgantown WV where I went to school. I was just about to let Limerick out of his carrier, because I was tired of his crying, when I hit a deer. The stupid thing was standing in the middle of I-79. Limerick and carrier when flying off the seat into the floor. He was perfectly fine, more curious as to why we stopped. If he had been in that window, he could have been serious hurt, or even killed!! Ever since then Limerick stays in his carrier until we stop.
post #9 of 13
No way would I transport an "unrestrained" pet in a car. I learned the hard way. Years ago, I had our 120+ lb. St. Bernard/German Shepherd in the back of the station wagon, when the car in front of me was hit by an ambulance coming out of a side street. I slammed on the brakes, and Max flew from the very back of the car into the windshield. Luckily, he "only" suffered a concussion and a bloody nose
post #10 of 13
Just a related note that I found out the hard way once. Even if you have 2 cats that are littermates and have been together for life; put them in separate carriers when traveling. If they take a tumble while in the same carrier, each one will probably blame the other, and 2 cats fighting in one carrier is terrible. Plus, when you get them apart with only 1 carrier, you'd have no way to keep them apart other than leaving 1 out.

So, everyone has their own carrier. Every time I find them on sale, I'll buy a new one. We have 11 "pet taxi's" now.
post #11 of 13
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No way would I transport an "unrestrained" pet in a car. I learned the hard way. Years ago, I had our 120+ lb. St. Bernard/German Shepherd in the back of the station wagon, when the car in front of me was hit by an ambulance coming out of a side street. I slammed on the brakes, and Max flew from the very back of the car into the windshield. Luckily, he "only" suffered a concussion and a bloody nose


I've seen those dog seat belts. I've never known anyone to use one, but I'm curious as to how well they work.
post #12 of 13
Popsie doesn't like the carrier either but if I leave him out he roams the car. I'm afraid if I were in an accident he would get injured.
post #13 of 13
When I was first married, I was taking my DH's rottie mix to a pet sitter when she heard sirens and jumped into my lap, and got her head through the steering wheel. I swerved into the left-turn lane and stopped Of course, she peed all over me to boot I considered myself fortunate that no accident occurred, but it is the last time that I thought that carriers were just for cats
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