Travel by Car
Some cats like to ride in
the car; others do it only if they have to. If you plan to
include your cat in travel plans, get her used to riding in the
car. Also, be sure that a special identification tag is
attached to her cat collar.
Start out by putting your cat in her carrier and
taking her along when you have a short errand to do, or drive her
around the block. Never leave your cat in a closed
parked car. If motion sickness is a problem, or he
seems unable to adjust to travel, you may decide that both you and your
cat will be happier if she stays home.
If your cat does go along, make a careful cat
supply checklist as you plan your trip. These items will help
give your cat a feeling of security no matter where she is.
Plan on bringing the
- Your cat’s usual cat food so she
won’t suffer digestive upset due to stress and diet changes
- Any medication she may be using and a schedule
of when she has to take them.
- Litter box, litter and scoop
- Scratching post, cat bed and favorite cat toys
- An appropriately sized pet carrier
Cats may get upset
stomachs when traveling so avoid feeding just before leaving.
If your trip is short, wait to feed her until shortly after
arriving. For longer trips, provide a snack and plenty of
If you are considering
air travel for your cat, you may be able to place him in a carry-on
carrier that fits beneath the seat in front of you. Be sure
to make your reservation early, since the airline may limit the number
of animals allowed in the passenger cabin. You may want to
check your cat in his carrier. In this case, he would ride in
the cargo hold, compartment which is pressurized and
You can take several
steps to ensure successful air travel with your at. Book your
flight well in advance and try to get a nonstop flight. Make
sure ahead of time that your carrier is approved by the U.S. Department
of Agriculture. Such carriers are available from airlines and
most pet stores. Make sure the carrier is clearly marked and
indicates that there is a live animal inside. Try to arrive
at the airport earlier than usual to make sure your check in goes
Boarding your Cat
If you decide that your
cat is better off at a boarding facility, choose one
carefully. For instance, some veterinarians have special
boarding areas for healthy animals, others do not. Ask your
veterinarian to recommend a reputable place. Or get names
from friends who have boarded their animals in the past.
Inspect the facilities and make reservations well in advance.
Ease her adjustment by leaving her favorite food and familiar blanket
with the boarding
Leaving your Cat at Home
If you are going to be
gone for only a night or two at the most, you might consider leaving
your cat at home. Food should be no problem, especially if
you are feeding a dry cat food. Leave an adequate supply,
using two bowls if necessary and your cat can nibble to his
heart’s content when he feels the urge to eat. Make
sure that you leave plenty of water. Clean his litter box and
put in fresh litter.
You may want to ask a
reliable cat sitter to check in on your cat for a longer trip away from
home. Leave feeding instructions, schedule for cleaning the
litter box, veterinarian’s name and number and the number
where you can be reached.