Securing the Kitty-Carrier in the car?
I was wondering how you guys secure your kitty-carrier when you are traveling with your cat. I usually just put it on the passenger seat next to me, with the opening facing me so Kiera can see that I'm there the whole time.
However, just on Sunday I was dropping my fiancee off in the Bronx after our weekend of wedding-hall searching. After I turned off his road to head back towards the highway, I was going down a street that basically had a bunch of traffic lights in a row. Basically, i looked ahead and saw row-after-row-after-row of green lights. But then all the sudden I looked up and saw that the ONE light in front of me was red. I FREAKED out, and slammed on the break. I was able to stop (screetchy tires and all), but I was kinda in the middle of the intersection. I was SOOOO lucky that nobody was coming in the other direction, because that would have definitely been a really bad accident. I pulled over, and had to compose myself because I was really shaken by it. It scared me that I could be 100% alert, but completely miss a red-light! I'm a pretty good driver, i've never so much as been pulled over before.
Anyways, when I hit the brake as hard as I did, Kiera's carrier (containing a sleeping Kiera!), went flying forward and tumbled into the floor of the car in front of the passenger seat. Kiera was absolutely fine (I have towels padding the inside of the carrier), but she was definitely shaken up. When I put it back on the seat, she curled up in the far side of the carrier, as far away as she could get from the opening of the carrier. I felt sooooo unbelievably awful about the whole thing; You have no idea. Anyways, by the end of the ride (another 45 minutes to an hour in the car), we arrived home on Long Island, and I looked and Kiera was fast asleep with her nose pressed against the metal door of the carrier. She definitely forgave me.
So yeah, how do you guys do it? Do you buckle it in with the seatbelt somehow? Do they make special devices for it? Or do you just pray that you don't get into an accident with your kitty in the car?