Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
I use hard carriers for my girls. When in the car, I put the carriers in the back seat and put the seat belt through the handle, which I've always heard is the safest way, since the carrier can't slip under or over the seat belt. Also, in an accident, the carrier can't be crushed by front seat airbags.
I too wouldn't keep a cat on my lap. First, if you were ever in a major accident where airbags were deployed, the airbag could easily crush the cat. Even if airbags didn't deploy, the cat could go flying and be seriously hurt, as mentioned by others. Also, your cat could easily bolt from the car, if a door opened or a window were smashed in the accident, whereupon the cat could run into oncoming traffic, or be lost, etc. Of course, these are all worse-case scenarios, but better safe than sorry.
Dogs have owners. Cats have staff.