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Are You Getting Ready To Travel With Your Cat?

| October 5, 2010
Are You Getting Ready To Travel With Your Cat?

Are You Getting Ready To Travel With Your Cat?

Traveling with your cat is sometimes your choice and sometimes a necessity. Lots of decisions and thinking can make it a safe and non freak out event. Cats like a stable and same old routine type of life. When you have to go away, then you have to decide what is best suited to your cats well being. What is easy for you, is not necessarily what is best for your cat.

Have a secure cat carrier, soft or hard. Soft is nice because it offers some give and is easy to hold in your arms, when your cat is frightened. It works very nicely in car travel. Hard is good for commercial travel, because it protects your cat from bumps and rough handling.

With either cat carrier take an old T-shirt that you have worn, that has your bodys scent on it and put it in the carrier. A favorite small blanket or something that will fit in the carrier, is also a good idea. It will help to calm the cat.

Remember that while you know what is going on, your cat is surrounded by new noises, scents, and people it does not know. It will also sense your nervousness of getting there on time and checking in.

Take your cat in for a check up with the vet. Make sure all shots are up to date and that you carry the paper work to prove it, in case there is a problem while traveling.

Make sure your city/ county registrations are up to date. That the harness or collar has them attached. A tag with your name, address and phone number is a good idea, in case the cat should get loose. Marker pen this information and your destination information inside the cat carrier.  Take along small plastic bowls/tubs. Recycled little sour cream containers work nicely.

Your cat probably will not eat or drink until you get to your destination, but you should be prepared in case you run into unexpected problems such as flight delays or car problems. Take along a back up supply of dry food in a ziplock bag and a small bottle of water. With flights you can dump the water out before going through clearance and refill it on the other side at a water fountain.

One very important thing to have on hand is those great wipe its, just put some in a ziplock bag. Do the same thing with a few paper towels and then you can deal with most messes. that can occur.

It is a good idea not to feed your cat for several hours before leaving home, because this helps the nevervous cat, not to throw up. Please remember that cats can develop serious medical problems, if they are forced to go too long without water or food.

Be sure to check with your host or hotel before hand to make sure your cat is welcome. When you arrive at your destination, secure the cat in your room and let it get use to the new space on its on terms. Leave the carrier open and available for its sense of security. Give it water and food right away. Put its litter box in place and put the cat in it, so that it knows it is available. It will probably hop right out, but it will know where it is. Spend at least a few minutes in your room, so that you get your scent on things to make things more familiar.

When traveling by car, it is a good idea to find a spot for the litter box and the cat to have easy access to it. Especially, if you are going to be driving for long hours. We cover our back seat with plastic garbage bags and then cover that with an old sheet. We put the litter box on top and the carrier next to it. It is seldom used, but when it is needed it is there. We carry a scooper and recyled grocery bags for a quick clean up. The scoopable/ lumping type litter works nicely. Be sure to pack some extra for freshness, on your return trip. A can of room fresher spray is also a good idea for the car and your room.

Be sure to secure the carrier between something, so that it does not roll over during curves or sudden stops. Proper preparation before a trip can make all the difference between a pleasant trip and one that you would just as soon forget about. Remember – if your cat travels with you, you know it is safe and well cared for.

About the Author: Judy Jantzen – my husband and I have owned cats for the past 25 years. Currently have two short hairs – an orange tabby and a black cat. Brought to you by Cat Goodies Finder.com where you can choose from over 12,000 cat related items including cat carriers, cat litter boxes and cat litter

Photo copyright and courtesy: Rebecca Richardson –  www.flickr.com

Category: Feline Articles, Feline Resources

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