Here are 10 tips on how to travel with your cat:
- Before you go, check that your cat is healthy. Schedule a visit to the vet.
- Take your time and drive short distances with your cat, because some cats do genuinely suffer from motion sickness. Even cats who don't experience motion sickness would rather stay at home with their four paws planted firmly on the ground.
- Is your cat wearing an easy-to-read tag on his collar? Your cat should wear a collar tag imprinted with her name and your phone number, but only a microchip provides permanent ID that cannot fall off, be removed, or become impossible to read. Haven’t microchipped your cat yet? If so, the average cost to have a microchip implanted by a veterinarian is around $45, which is a one–time fee and often includes registration in a pet recovery database. If your cat has a microchip already, don’t forget to check that your cat’s microchip information is up-to-date.
- Your kitty is your baby. So, stop every 2-3 hours to give your cat water and access to the litter box.
- Does your cat need any special food or medicines? be sure to pack extra to avoid emergencies.
- When you book the hotel make sure that welcome feline guests as well! As always, it’s best to confirm the individual hotel’s pet policy before making your reservation to avoid surprises.
- If you've noticed changes in your cat's behavior lately, it's possible that she's feeling stressed. Talk to your vet about possible medical help.
- While you drive turn down loud music. Cats have sensitive ears that can be hurt by loud music, loud television, or other sources of noise. Cats are also very sensitive to changes to their environment.
- If you have to make a stop keep your cat in the carrier. It can be dangerous to let your cat roam free in the car while you drive. The comfort and resources available within the carrier can make or break a trip when it comes to your cat’s comfort. Choose a carrier that allows your cat to stand up, turn around and lie down comfortably at a minimum. Ensure proper ventilation is available on all sides of the crate with sufficient holes, mesh or a gate. Line the bottom of the carrier with an absorbent material in case of accidents. You can then cover it with a towel or your cat’s favorite blanket and toys.
- Never leave your cat in the vehicle. If you stop, turn the engine off and take the carrier with you (or use a harness and leash if your cat is into that). Don’t leave your engine running either; it’s an easy target for thieves and you might lose your car and your cat.
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