As all of you proud cat parents get ready for your winter vacations, be sure that you take the necessary precautions for traveling with a pet. As cat lovers, you know that those furry friends can be finicky at best, so traveling with them may not be the easiest thing in the world. But these quick tips should set you out on the right foot when traveling with your kitty:
Never feed your cat the day of travel by car or airplane to reduce stomach upset. Just as you may be anxious about a flight, so may your cat.
- Select pet carriers that are big enough for a cat to turn around and curl up in, but not too big.
- Include a current health certificate for your pet. You may need to present it when crossing state lines, flying, or to stay in pet friendly hotels.
- Limit car travel to nine hours and include frequent short breaks. Just as you can get tired of being in the car for too long, so can your cat.
- Keep your cat in a pet carrier in the back seat of your car with the carrier tethered to the seat belt.
- Before putting the cat inside the carrier, spritz the carrier with a calming flower essence such as Easy Traveler or Rescue Remedy or Feliway. This will keep the cat from getting to antsy during the trip. Stash the bottle in a side pocket of the carrier for easy access.
Follow these tips, and you and your cat should get to your destination without a hitch!
Do you have any other cat travel tips to share? Have you ever traveled with your cat?