Tips on How to Travel with your Cat
Many pet owners are very close to their pets; especially those who have cats. They are very fond of their furry friends and often take their pets with them while traveling. Some life situations, such as relocation, work related travel, vacations, etc., may require your cat to travel with you on a routine basis. If you are planning to travel with your cat in a car, there are some basic steps that will make your trip pleasant and successful. The following are some pet-friendly tips and techniques to help create the most enjoyable travel trip for you and your feline companion:
When planning a trip with your cat, make sure your cat has a safe place to stay once you arrive at your destination. If you are staying at a hotel, even if you have previously stayed at this hotel, it is important to confirm that they still accept cats. If you stay with friends and they allow you to bring your cat, do not assume that they will love your cat as much as you do and make sure no one has an allergy to cats.
The correct cat carrier is very important. The Breathable Pet Backpack is one of the most comfortable carriers for you and your cat and a great way to take your feline friend along with you. With mesh windows at the sides, it offers excellent ventilation and visibility for your cat to view the world, and it also has sufficient space for your cat to sit upright.
Experts say that unrestrained pets in a vehicle – whether hanging out the window or sitting on one’s lap – can be fatal. When driving, make sure your cat backpack carrier is secured and properly positioned in the vehicle. Whether placing the carrier on the passenger seat with a secure seat-belt, or placing the carrier in the rear of the vehicle or on the floor, it must be placed so that the movement of the vehicle doesn’t shake, shift or displace the carrier in any way. The carrier should be placed where it will be easy to access in case of an emergency or when stopping to rest.
Before embarking on your trip, you should familiarize your cat with its carrier. Days or even weeks before you travel, your cat carrier should be left open and placed in an area of your home where your cat usually sleeps or plays. It is suggested that you feed your cat its meals in the carrier, as well as place some cat treats inside the carrier so your cat can relate positive feelings with the carrier.
You should consider whether your cat may need a sedative and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using sedatives with your veterinarian. Make sure your cat is healthy enough to travel and learn what to do if the cat gets carsick. Remember to check that your pet microchip information is up to date.
Special attention needs to be made with respect to “cat bathroom breaks” when traveling. Often, stress of the journey can disturb your cat’s digestion processes, triggering the cat to either not want to pee or toilet at all, or do it very little, or it can cause diarrhea. Make sure you carry a litter pan. Even if your cat shows no desire to use the bathroom, it is recommended to break every two or three hours. If you cat had diarrhea, replacing the carrier bedding with newspaper can help control the unexpected mess.
In conclusion, traveling with a cat can be a positive and successful experience when the correct measures are taken. Make sure your cat is as comfortable and safe as possible. Following the above useful tips can ensure that you and your cat have a pleasant and successful trip.