Traveling with your cats is a lot more fun than paying for pets and worrying about them while you’re away! With these tips and tricks you will all enjoy your next adventure together.
When we adopted our first cat, Fish, we knew we wanted to include her in our travels. So, from the very beginning, Fish started traveling with us. We have learned a lot and are happy to share our tips and tricks for traveling with your cats!
Traveling with cats
The most important piece of advice when traveling with cats is to plan ahead. This does not mean that you have to focus on every detail of your trip – we rarely do. But it’s best to have ideas about where to stay and the things to do along the way.
Planning where to stay
For us, there are five main options when considering where to stay: camping with a car, tent, trailer, hotel or holiday property. Each of these options comes with its own obstacles and benefits when traveling with cats.
If you plan to sleep only in your tent or car, keep in mind that you will be limited to activities that involve your cat. When we travel by car, we often book one or two nights at a hotel on the way. This allows us to leave cats safe while shopping, eating out or watching a movie.
However, staying in a hotel with a cat brings its challenges. In some places, it can be difficult to find comfortable accommodation for cats. And when you find them, they often charge extra fees for pets. Also, some hotels do not allow pets to be left alone in the room. So, be sure to check the pet policies before making your reservations.
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Another option is to buy or rent a small travel trailer to tow along with your adventures. Although it is less comfortable when driving around the cities, cats are super comfortable in ours. Once we are in the mood, he feels at home. Camps that accept cats are relatively easy to find and rarely charge for pets.
Comfort and safety of the car
The safest way for your cat to travel is to use a protective media that has been tested in an accident. To avoid eliminating distress, make sure your cat is acclimatized before you go. Also, choosing a suitable pet carrier will allow him to double your cat’s bed while traveling.
Our cats, fish and chips have been traveling with us since they were little, so they are both at ease in the car. However, the chips get sick on winding paths. We found that raising his bed to the height of the windows so he could look outside helped.
When we plan to sleep in the car, we take extra precautions to cover our belongings with a blanket that is easy to wipe. That way, if the chips get sick from the car or get something bad on their paws, it’s easy to clean.
Pack the right gear
Traveling with your cats means that you will need to pack some extra items. We use a compact waste bin that stays in our car, with a waste spatula and scented waste bags. You don’t have to keep a trash can in your car, but if you travel often with your cats, it’s more comfortable.
Pet wipes are also key. You can use baby wipes, but I don’t like the scent, so we buy wipes made especially for pets. They are super gentle and have a wonderful coconut scent. They are great for cleaning up any trouble.
Having a travel bag with cats, equipped with Fish and Chip equipment, means that we are ready to go when the mood is right. Our bag has folding bowls for food and water, extra leashes, cat jackets, handkerchiefs, treats and dehydrated cat food.
It is also a good idea to wear nail clippers if you travel for more than a few days. Keeping our cats trimmed means we don’t have sharp claws to stick in our shoulders when hiking!
Finally, be sure to put a copy of your cat’s vaccination details in your travel bag. If you need a veterinarian or decide to use a kindergarten or accommodation, you need to show that your cat is relevant in your photos.
Respect your cat’s boundaries
Before you stumble on the road with cats, it is imperative to understand what they are comfortable doing. Fish and chips travel so long that they see the car as an extension of our home.
If your cat has only ridden to the vet, you will need to do some work before embarking on a journey.
Start by adjusting your cat to a harness and leash. Then start driving short distances to fun places like the park. Continue to increase the length of your trips as long as your cat feels comfortable, no matter the distance. Finally, practice sleeping in the car or tent in your backyard. Patience with your cat until he gets used to this new behavior will save you sleepless nights on the road.
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Keep them cool
The last thing to emphasize is to never leave your cat in the car on a hot day. That’s why planning ahead is so important. If you book an activity that does not allow you to take it with you, you will need to find a pet nursery or a kitten nursery where your cat can be accommodated comfortably.
Even grocery shopping should be done around cats. We carry out these orders in the evening when it is cooler, or one of us stays in the car with the cats.
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Traveling with cats means making a few sacrifices along the way. However, we find that this is much more enjoyable and increases our relationship.
We hope this article will help you enjoy the adventures of the road with your feline friend!
The publication was originally published on February 4, 2020.
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