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Planning a Trip with Your Cat

June 14, 2018


If you have been planning to take a trip with your cat, it helps to know what to expect. For example, cats like following a routine, cats do not like change, cats tend to prefer the safety of home, and not all cats travel well. So, before you commit to a cross-country adventure and have to live with a sustained howl of disapproval coming from the back seat, start with a practice trip. You should never wait until the last minute to test your resolve. Since cats like their routines, take numerous mini trips so both you and your cat can acclimate to the mobile experience. Although some cats don't mind riding in the car, others hate it. As a last resort, you might want to reconsider whom you choose as your travel buddy. 

Consider a Microchip and Use a Solid Collar with ID Tags

If your cat does not have a microchip, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to have one implanted before you begin taking your feline friend for a ride. Additionally, use a solid collar and check to ensure you have easy-to-read ID tags that are properly fastened. Whether your cat is accustomed to spending time in a carrier or not, it is important for your cat's safety that you restrain your cat while traveling. Once you have loaded the pet carrier, it is time to restrain the carrier using your vehicle's seat and shoulder belts. IMPORTANT... Never leave your cat inside the car. Any vehicle's interior can heat up quickly and within minutes, your cat's life could be in serious danger.

Travel Tips for the Cat on the Go

Whether you are taking your first practice run or ready to hit the open road, listed below are a few tips that can make your journey less stressful for you and your cat:

  • Ask your vet if tranquilizers would be prudent.
  • Don't feed your cat before leaving for long hours on the road.
  • Make sure your cat has opportunities to drink water when stopped.
  • Make the inside of the cat carrier as comfortable as possible.
  • Stop on long trips so your cat can use a disposable litter box.
  • Take copies of your cat's veterinary paperwork with you.
  • Inspect the room wherever you stay to ensure it is cat safe.

As a last resort, you might consider boarding your cat at PrimeVET's friendly cat boarding facility featuring feline condos with separate living, dining and bathroom spaces. Stop by today and take a tour of our beautiful 5,000 square foot facility. We don't just offer cat-boarding services for our clients; we are caring pet lovers, too.

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