Who said dogs are the only ones who get to travel the world? Cats are just as much a part of any family, so it makes sense that we’d want to take them with us when we travel. There are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the open road with your purr-fect travel companion.
1. Weigh the Cons and Pros.
Before you start packing, take a minute to think if it’s best that your cat accompanies you or if you should call the cat sitter instead. Some cats will be too stressed to enjoy the change of scenery and will be happier at home. If your cat does not often leave the house, then take short drives with it at first to see how it reacts in the car.
2. Seek a Professional Opinion.
Schedule a time to see your vet before you start your drive. Your vet will determine if your pet is healthy enough to travel and can provide prescriptions if you’re concerned about anxiety or motion sickness. Consider bringing a copy of your cat’s medical and shot records with you in case of emergency.
3. Pets are Welcome.
Book pet-friendly accommodations. If a hotel doesn’t know that a pet is staying with you, a maid or other person could accidentally let your cat out while you are away. While there are several hotels that are cat-friendly, if you are booking untraditional lodgings or staying with a friend, it’s a good idea to double-check their pet policies.
4. Safety First.
Cats are curious creatures who like to roam. That’s why when you’re driving, it’s safest for you, the cat, and other drivers that your cat remains in a well-ventilated, roomy crate. Keep the crate out of direct sunlight for long periods of time to avoid overheating, and stock the crate with a blanket, bed, or a few favorite toys to make it extra homey.
5. The Whole Kit and Kaboodle.
Your cat will be happiest if you bring along a few reminders of home. Depending on the trip’s length, you may want to bring a litter box and litter that your cat can use at pit stops. You will definitely want to bring the litter that you usually use at home and consider purchasing disposable litter trays. Other items to consider bringing:
- Water and water bowl
- Regular food and food bowl
- Blanket or cat bed
- Favorite toys and treats
- Grooming supplies
A trip is going to be even more special if you have your favorite feline along. Follow these tips to make sure that both of you have a great experience.