What You Should Know About Traveling With a Cat

No matter which way you travel, the cat must have a collar with a tag on which your name and phone number is indicated, or electronic microchip. In this case, if the cat is lost, you will have more chances to find it.

If you most often travel by car, teach your cat from childhood to travel in a car. In this case, the cat will not worry or be afraid of the upcoming trip and will take it better. Many cats travel with pleasure, if they are accustomed to travel since childhood.

For your safety cat should be transported in a special bag or basket, which must also be fastened by a seat belt to reduce the risk of injury in an accident. The cat should not distract the driver. Cats that travel a lot, often see their basket as “home away from home,” and so do not worry on the trip. Such bag or basket is a comfortable and safe refuge for the cat during the trip.

If you have to leave the cat in the car for a while, make sure that the car will be in the shade all the time you are away, because the car overheating in the sun increases the temperature in a closed cabin, and certainly leads to a heat stroke in a cat. Also make sure that the car is well ventilated. For this purpose there are special screens that are attached to the open windows, ensuring the car safety and sufficient air circulation.

Naturally, if you have a long trip to go (more than an hour on the road) you will need to bring enough food, water and toilet tray. Take regular stops on the way, so that your cat could eat, drink and relieve itself.

If you are going away for a long time, check the terms of the vaccinations made to your cat, as the new area could be more unfavorable for infectious diseases than yours. Attention should also be given to prevention of the appearance of external parasites in a cat, such as ticks and fleas. Consult your veterinarian about anti-ectoparasite agents, carefully comb your cat every day and inspect its skin for early detection of external parasites.

If you plan to stay in the new place for a long time, find out where is the nearest veterinary clinic.

There are some cases when you need to transport your cat by public transport. In the bus, train or the plane you may be required to transport a cat separate from you. Take time to accustom the cat to its basket for travel, teach it to feel safe with familiar things, toys and bedding. Otherwise, the trip apart from the owner will cause fear of a cat. Do not feed your cat for six hours before the trip. Consult your veterinarian what to do if a cat is suffering from the “motion sickness.”

By following such simple rules the journey will please the cat and will not bring unnecessary trouble for the owner.