Tips for Traveling with Your Cat

You love your cat, you have your big trip secured and purchased travel insurance to protect your vacation investment – and you can't bear to think about leaving Fluffy away for a week or more, so you have decided to bring him or her along with you. However, unlike dogs who cannot wait to hit the road, cats typically don't like exploring.

This can make traveling with your cat challenging, but it isn't impossible. Here are some must-bring items that you will need for a road trip with your feline companion:

  • Cat carrier
  • Health certificate and medical records
  • A recent photo of your cat
  • Identification tag
  • Cat food and water
  • Food and water bowls
  • Medications
  • Cat litter
  • Disposable cat box
  • Scooper
  • Elimination bags
  • Leash
  • Toys
  • Catnip
  • Blanket
  • First aid kit

Always use a pet carrier
It is important to bring a sturdy pet carrier with you, whether you are in the air or on the road. Your cat should be able to stand up, turn around and lie down in comfortably while in the carrier. If you have time to plan, place a few toys or catnip in the carrier so that he or she is already acquainted with the surroundings and smells.

Keep something from home in the carrier
Bringing a blanket or towel with your cat's scent on it and placing it in the carrier will help your cat feel more relaxed. A couple of days before the trip, allow your cat to roam around the interior of the car so that he or she can explore and rub their scent around, as they are heavily influenced by their environment.

What to do about potty breaks
Unlike dogs, cats are used to an in-house situation with using the potty. Although some parents have harness-trained their cats, you might have to bring a spill-proof litter box and litter with you if you are traveling by car and it is a longer trip. If you can, try limiting your car trip to 8 hours so that he or she is more comfortable.

For air travel, know the basics
Know what kinds of carriers your airline will and will not approve for flight, whether your feline friend is riding with you or in cargo. It is also important to feed and administer medications to your cat at least five hours in advance of your flight. As always, make sure to provide records of his or her rabies shots and identification.

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