Many people think that traveling with a cat is difficult. While dogs tend to be adaptable and happy to meet you in new destinations, cats are not. Traveling may not be a pleasant experience for cats. Most cats are usually terrified to ride and leave their familiar living space; only a few have no problem with this.

How to Travel With Your Cat
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However, you can still take your cat on a trip without too much trouble. So How to Travel With Your Cat? This article will give you instructions as well as experiences for a trip with your cat.

Prepare before the trip

1. Prepare a place to live

When you’re planning a trip with cats, make sure your hotel accepts pets. When you’re with friends, make sure no one is allergic to cats.

2. Get the cat used to riding

If your cat has never been in a car before, take him for a short walk a few weeks before your vacation (about 30 minutes or less). It will be a test stroll to assess if there is a problem with the cat before the long journey.

3. Prepare anti-sickness medicine if necessary.

If your cat gets motion sickness when you try taking her for a walk, you’ll need to see your vet get motion sickness medication. You should pay attention to the following signs of motion sickness when your cat is in the car: screaming or growling continuously after a few minutes; the small amount of drool; does not move or appears afraid to move, or moves and walks a lot, vomiting, urinating or defecating.

4. Prepare the cat’s cage

A few weeks before your trip or move, buy an appropriate cage for your cat and let him get used to it. Open the cage door for the cat to explore on its own and let the cat enter the cage comfortably. You can feed your cat in or around the cage to create familiarity.

Also, a few days before you leave, prepare a towel or blanket and put it on the cat’s bed or wherever the cat rests. That will make the towel smell like the cat’s body and the familiar house smell. You will use this towel to line the bottom of the cage to create comfort and peace of mind for the cat when in the cage.

How to Travel With Your Cat on departure day

1. Feed the cat a couple of hours before you leave and let her go to the toilet comfortably. You can put in a small sandbox for the cat to defecate, as well as water and food if the cage is large enough. Please don’t keep the cat in the cage for more than 8 hours without offering him food, water, or toileting.

2. Put the cat in the cage and take it to the car

Prepare the cat’s cage with the towel you prepared in advance to the bottom of the cage and spread another one as a cushion if necessary. Do not forget to put in the cage a toy that the cat loves.

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When you bring the cage to the car, you can cover it with a towel or blanket so that the cat doesn’t see the “scary” scene outside. Once the cat is in the car, sometimes covering ¾ of the cage (without covering the door) with a dark but breathable fabric will give the cat peace of mind.

3. Spray Feliway (a product containing pheromones on the cat’s face) in the cage and car about 20 minutes before travel. This product is similar to the pheromone that cats secrete when they feel comfortable and relaxed in their territory. Therefore, it will help the cat relax during the trip.

4. Use things that reduce your cat’s fear and stress when riding or in a new environment.

If your cat shows signs of anxiety, you should have Bach Flower Essence “Rescue Remedy” and even a sedative.

However, a note for you is that you should choose to give your cat an essence instead of a sedative. While flower essences will help calm and bold cats, sedatives only help slow down brain activity.

On arrival

Do not rush to open the cage door! Take your cat’s cage inside your new destination and place it in a separate room, such as a bedroom or kitchen.

Once you’re in the hotel room, crawl around on your hands and knees and check everything to make sure there’s no danger to your cat.

When you open the cage door, let the cat out on its own. Make sure that there is always enough water for the cat when he arrives in a new environment. If your cat has a favorite bed at home, bring it with him to sleep in.

Never let her go out alone! It’s best to keep your cat in a single room or small area to make sure the cat can’t go out. If a new cat is moved to or in a new environment and out in the first few days, they will most likely get lost, disoriented, and possibly hit by a car.

If you need to go out, put the cat in the cage and put a ‘Do Not Disturb’ sign on the door to prevent room service from entering. Alternatively, you can also take the cat to the bathroom with the necessary items, close the door (if possible), and then leave a note on the door that your cat is in the room, and please do not leave the door open (because the cat may run out).

Spray Feliway or use a Feliway diffuser every time you leave your cat alone in the room to help him feel comfortable.

Taking a cat out for a walk can be intimidating, so a walk is more stressful than pleasurable for many cats. But if you still want to take your cat out to see the scenery outside, put on a collar or harness with your name, address, and phone number attached just in case he get lost. Walking your cat isn’t strictly necessary unless your cat is enjoying it! 

Conclusion

Cats are creatures who prefer the comfort and security of their own surroundings and despise change. As a result, you may be confused with How to Travel With Your Cat.

However, with the tips I’ve shown you and the instructions on How to Travel Long Distance with a Cat in the Car, you can definitely have a fantastic trip with your cat. Depending on your cat’s condition, it’s best to find out more information. With a little more research and planning, you can take your furry friends with you on most travel adventures – and it’s not as difficult as you might imagine.

Wish you have a nice trip!

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