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Things to consider when traveling with your cat

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An increasing number of cat owners are taking their pet with them when they hit the road. In fact, you will be able to provide a comfortable environment for your cat as long as you plan ahead and make sure you have all the supplies you need during your travels. Cats can sometimes feel nervous when traveling – especially if it is the first time they have been away from home. Putting your pet’s mind at ease is imperative if you have a cat, regardless of whether you are driving or flying with your feline friend.

1. Preparing for travel

When you have decided that you are going to be traveling with your cat, you will need to obtain all the equipment and food for the trip. You will need plenty of water in case your pet feels thirsty when you travel, and will need to make sure that you if you are going on vacation, the hotel you are staying in is happy to accommodate pets. You should double-check this before you make a booking, and see if there are any rules in place when staying in the hotel with your cat. If you have decided to go camping, and want your cat to accompany you, phone ahead and check with the campsite to make sure it is safe for your cat to stay with you. You will want to make sure that other pets staying with other families do not act aggressively towards your cat.

2. Driving with your cat

You may have already traveled with your cat in the car, but perhaps for only a short distance. Your cat may feel restless or even sick on longer journeys, so make sure your cat is equipped with a litter pan. You will also need to provide food and water to your cat during the journey. It might be beneficial to stop the car every few hours if you are traveling a long distance to give your cat some fresh air and to allow them to stretch their legs. Stopping at freeway services will enable you to restock any food or water for your journey.

3. Flying with your cat

If you are planning on traveling by plane, you will need to make sure your cat feels comfortable on the flight. You can travel with a cat crate when flying, but make sure that it is big enough for your pet to stretch out and lie down in it. Flying on a plane with your pet can sometimes work out to be more expensive, so you will need to phone ahead and see if there are any charges for this service. You may also need the relevant documentation for your animal before you can board your flight. This can include documentation that verifies your cat has had the relevant vaccinations required prior to traveling, as well as a health certificate. Many airlines will insist that your pet will have to be a certain age before you can travel, so double check this with the airline company before you make a booking.

Applying a name tag to your cat with your contact details, such as a phone number or email address, can be beneficial in the event that your cat goes missing. Doing this can be a great way to put your mind at ease. Remember, your cat might feel anxious when in a new surrounding, so pack plenty of things that will keep them occupied when on vacation, for example cat food and toys. You may want to bring with you a special cat bed for your pet to lie on when sleeping, and this can help your pet feel much more comfortable when away from home.

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