7 Tips To Keep a Cat Calm While Travelling

7 Tips To Keep a Cat Calm While Travelling

7 Tips for Keeping Your Cat Calm While Travelling

Firstly, assess if you really need to travel with your cat. Do you have a substantial journey, home relocation, or vacation planned?

Travelling may be an exciting experience for humans, but not usually for our feline companions! Any change in their usual habits or surroundings might trigger worry or anxiety in cats. As a result, although we always want our cats to accompany us, it's crucial to examine if the trip is really best for your cat or whether a cat sitter or kitty motel would be a better option!

If you're going on a short trip, leaving your cat behind is generally the best option - though you'll miss each other! However, if you're planning a one-way journey, your cat must accompany you!

With so many factors to consider, it is essential to prepare ahead of time for cat travel. However, with the correct help and planning, you can lessen your stress and make the trip simpler - regardless of how you want to go.

Begin with the cat carrier:

Regardless of how you want to transport your pet, they must remain secure within their carrier! Help your kitten build a pleasant relationship with their cat carrier to help lessen any travel-related discomfort. If the only time they see it is during a terrifying visit to the vet, it's no wonder that they're cautious!

Instead, while you're at home, keep your pet's carrier in a room where they feel protected. Allow your cat to explore it at their leisure by leaving the doors open and placing comfortable blankets inside. Putting a kitten goodie inside every now and again may help! With time, your cat should be comfortable enough in the carrier and won't object if you close the door. Work with your pet in little stages to make them feel peaceful when inside the carrier, with the door closed, and when you lift up and move the carrier.

Consult your veterinarian:

Before you go, make sure your cat is fit, healthy, and ready to handle the stress of relocating! If your cat is unwell or has any underlying health issues, be aware that travelling may aggravate them. Before embarking on any journey, ensure that your pet is healthy and well enough to travel. Keep in mind that your cat's immunizations should be up to date before travelling to decrease the danger of illness - and if you're flying, your airline and your destination may need certain health and vaccination certifications. Make sure you're ready for this ahead of time!

Travelling with a relaxed cat: 7 Tips:

  1. Select the appropriate carrier. There are several factors to consider while selecting a carrier to assist your cat feel more at ease! Check that your cat can comfortably stand up, stretch, and turn around inside. Using a sturdy carrier may also assist to safeguard your pet, as can selecting a carrier with few windows and handles on the sides (rather than the top). Line the carrier with soft blankets and newspaper, and your cat will be ready to go!
  2. Bring litter tray alternatives. When we've been on the road all day, we all need a little comfort break! If you're going for a short vacation, your pet may be good to wait, but bring extra newspaper and cleaning supplies in case of an accident! However, for longer distance travel, having a disposable litter box and providing frequent potty breaks for your cat might make the ride more pleasant.
  3. Keep your cat hydrated. Refreshment stops are also a vital element of any trip! Bring plenty of water for your cat and provide it at frequent rest intervals. A water dish should not be left in the cat carrier since it will overflow! To comfort your cat, bring water from home - water in various places might smell and taste different, which can irritate your kitty!
  4. Avoid eating while travelling. Feeding immediately before or during travel should be avoided to keep your cat healthy. However, after you arrive, make sure your pet has access to their normal, familiar food. They may take some time to settle in and get hungry, so be patient if they refuse at first!
  5. Take into account the weather. Keeping your cat at a suitable temperature will make travelling much simpler for them! Summer travel may be quite hot, so carry ice packs or frozen bottles of water in a cooler with you - if there is no air conditioning, you can put a chilled ice pack, wrapped in a towel, inside the carrier to keep your kitten cool. Make sure your cat has enough covers in the winter!
  6. Exhaust your cat. Exercising your cat before travelling with a fun play session will not only make them happy and calm, but it may also assist to wear them out so they can sleep during the voyage! A fatigued feline is more likely to relax and feel less anxious throughout the journey.
  7. Bring all of your pet's supplies. What is your intended destination? Is it a cat-friendly establishment? Will your pet be able to access all of the items they need and have at home, such as their regular food, a scratching post, litter box, and comfortable bed?

When travelling by automobile, you need additionally consider:

  • Allow your cat to explore inside the vehicle while it is parked so that they get used to the odours. Try a few brief practice visits in the days and weeks leading up to the major trip. Always use a seatbelt to keep the cat carrier secure and drive slowly to prevent abrupt jolts, and keep the vehicle ambience peaceful and comfortable by turning down the radio.
  • Keep kitten inside the cat carrier at all times when moving, and properly tighten the container. Allowing your cat outside may be harmful and is illegal in most countries.
  • On longer travels, take frequent comfort and refreshment breaks every 2-3 hours. If you allow kitten out of the carrier (only when it is parked), make sure all doors and windows are shut to prevent escapes.

Check that your pet is wearing a harness and a leash and never, ever leave your pet in a vehicle!

  • When on public transportation, keep your cat inside the carrier at all times. Make sure they have an ID collar or harness on, as well as a lead if you need to open the carrier - a lead is simpler to catch than a cat if kitty chooses to flee!
  • Throughout the trip, reassure your pet in soothing tones.
  • As with automobile driving, make frequent stops for refreshment breaks when possible.
  • A blanket covering the cat carrier might assist to reduce stress caused by visual cues.
  • Arrive early for your transportation to ensure a smooth journey.

When flying:

  • Always find out ahead of time; some airlines may have carrier type and size limits, or they may not accept cats. They will always need to know ahead of time that you want to bring your cat and will be able to advise on special needs.
  • Make sure your pet follows all medical requirements - ask your vet what immunizations, documentation, and travel ID your cat requires.
  • Check to see whether you may bring your cat with you to your destination.
  • Arrive at the airport early on the day of travel, since checking in with a pet may take longer.

Other Things to Consider When Travelling:

Always bring your ID and papers with you!

Make sure your cat is wearing identification the whole time they are travelling. This might be a collar or harness with your name, phone number, and address on it. If it hasn't already been done, you should get your pet microchipped. Keep copies of your pet's travel documents and certifications in their carrier as well as with you at all times. Check with a vet ahead of time, especially if flying, to see whether any immunizations or a health certificate are required.

Check with your intended destination:

If you're staying someplace, whether it's a hotel, with friends, or anywhere else, make sure it's okay and safe to bring your cat. Never attempt to sneak in your cat! Hotels are increasingly accepting pets, and some promote that they are pet friendly, so they may even supply some of the resources your pawsom companion requires!

When you do get to your location, conduct a quick cat safety check before letting them out of the carrier. Check for any suddenly open windows or doors, and scan high and low around the room for anything that may injure your pet, such as an open closet where they could get trapped. Set up a secure location for your pet, such as a quiet room or corner, with some water food and their bed (or carrier), and then let your pet come out at their own leisure. Don't be concerned if they take their time; they may still be unsteady from the voyage and need some time to recuperate!

If you can't bring your pet with you, there are alternative possibilities. You might hire a cat sitter to care for your cat at home, or you may take your cat to a cattery, another option to consider.

Whatever you do, I wish you safe travels for you and your cat!

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