Howdy guys, just thought I'd make a quick post.
So, how do you all transport your pets in your Ford's? Or how would you if you had pets? Tips and hints?
Mainly starting this up because a lot of the time in accidents where people have their pets in the cars, the pet is usually injured, killed or runs away (from working at a rescue centre).
Here's what I recommend, don't know if it's right and will be happily told so if not ;
[u]Domestic cats[/u] - carriers are a must, you cannot have a cat free in the car. I also recommend strapping the seatbelt through the carry handle of the carrier, making sure all locks on doors are secure and in good condition. Some carriers have belt hooks (I had one for when my cat was a kitten, though she's too large for a carrier now!) and are great. Make sure if it doesn't have a 'liquid collector' in the bottom to take towels, just in case! And have a towel on the base just for comfort.
[u]Small dogs[/u] - I would imagine a carrier can be used, depending on how small the dog is. Or a cardboard box or something, just so they can't fall down into the footwells. Harnesses are cheap enough with belt attachments, just don't put an attachment onto the collar as it could strangle them. Beware of fear related accidents, wee + nice clean seat = bad times!
[u]Medium dogs[/u] - I'd imagine same as small dogs, just minus a box really seeing they're larger.
[u]Larger dog[/u] - Here I would say you need a guard, just because they can be a distraction and such. Universal ones work best and put them between the seat rows, as I personally don't believe in putting a dog in the boot due to rear end accidents.
Well there you go, that's what I recommend!
My set for my cat up is a cage I have built that goes across the entire back seat of the car, clips in to the seat belts, isofix anchors and into a set of clips I have put below the back seats, with opening ends at both sides of the car. Not ideal really, but I don't have the ability to fold the back seats flat (which may be a deal breaker for my next car) so that's the best I can do. She's way too big for a standard carrier and she'd be quite heavy to lift in a large cage carrier, so it's a must, and she's too inquisitive to be left in the back without anything as a barrier. Oh, and she'd likely shred my seats too >.<
Thanks for your time! Please post any little tips you may have at all.