Most cats don’t like riding in a car and many more cats don’t like the noise and confusion of mingling in a public transit station such as a bus or subway station. So if you have to travel with your cat on public transit, take some precautions ahead of time.

First, put your cat in a secure carrier. Holding your cat or putting it on a leash may be too stressful and cause the cat to bolt or even escape. Second, make the carrier comfortable for your cat by lining it with familiar blankets and hold the carrier steady without swinging it wildly.

Third, if your cat survives this potentially traumatic experience, be ready for your cat’s revenge such as defecating on your pillow or urinating on your valuables. After all, if you can’t afford to hire a limousine to chauffeur your cat around town, what kind of real cat owner are you?

To read tips for taking your cat on public transit, click here.