If you have a cat you can’t always drop them at home. On some trips, you must take your pets with you. However, cats are very anxious animals and can give you a lot of trouble while travelling. You must prepare well and make sure that you keep your cat comfortable and happy throughout the journey.
In this article, I have compiled a list of the 6 best tips that will make travelling with your cat easier and more enjoyable for you. Follow these tips and on your next trip you won’t have any problem taking your cat with you.
1- Chat with your veterinarian about anxious cats
It is very important to consult with your cat’s veterinarian before leaving your home especially if your cat gets anxious outside the home. A veteran can properly guide you and can also prescribe some medicines to prevent anxiety. It’s essential to test any prescribed medication before your travel to ensure your cat tolerates it well.
2- Pack their own litter box if possible
Cats are very sensitive to scents, so bringing a familiar litter box and litter from home can help them feel more comfortable. Using a different type of litter or litter box on the road or at your destination may cause accidents, as cats prefer a familiar environment for their bathroom needs.
3- Don’t feed your kitty as you leave
You must feed your cat a few hours before you leave your house. It will prevent motion sickness. Otherwise, you and your feline friend’s whole experience will be disturbed by motion sickness. Even while travelling, you need to be very cautious of your cat’s diet. Most people are always concerned about their cat gaining weight during travelling, especially if their cat is already overweight. If you’re concerned about your cat gaining weight, here is a list of food you can give to your cat that will help in weight loss as well.
4- Get a comfortable carrier
A lot of people ignore this, but a comfortable carrier is very important for your cat. If you are travelling by plane or rail, get in touch with the organisation to find out what their requirements are. The carries should be of a moderate size that could fit in front of the seat. Ensure the carrier is spacious enough for your cat to move comfortably but not too large that it can tumble around inside during sudden stops. Consider carriers with removable tops or large openings for easy access.
5- Use a harness and lead for extra safety
Adding a harness and lead to your cat’s travel gear provides an extra layer of security. However, it’s essential to familiarise your cat with the harness and lead before the journey, as not all cats enjoy wearing them. Cats react to the harness if they aren’t familiar with wearing one. So, make sure first your cat is comfortable with it.
6- Bring a scratching post or cardboard scratchpad
Remember to pack a scratching post or a cardboard scratch pad. Cats have an instinctual need to scratch, and having a designated scratching area will prevent them from resorting to unwanted surfaces like hotel curtains or bedspreads. It also allows them to stretch and exercise their muscles during the journey.
In short, with the help of a few simple steps you can make the travel experience with your cat stress-free and enjoyable. Remember to prioritise your cat’s well-being, consult with your veterinarian, and ensure they have a safe and familiar environment throughout the journey. Also, take extra precautionary steps like checking the pet policies of the place you are staying in, so you won’t have any problems. Happy travels!