Tips to Help You Travel with a Cat
For those of you who like to travel by air, there are certain steps that you can take to ensure that your pets are always comfortable during the trip. The carrier that you choose to carry your cat in should be large enough for your pet to move around in and look at all the different sights and scenes. When shopping for carriers for cats, make sure you buy one that is large enough. Your pet also needs to have some type of identification on them so that you know who it is in case they get lost. It is advisable to get your pet micro chipped so that if your pet does get lost you can find it quite easily. If you cannot afford to get a brand new carrier then you can always take your cat in an airline’s kennel.
If you want to go on vacation with your cat and he/she is just going to be left at home, then it is important that you plan ahead. It is important that you find out if you can board your cat at the hotel or if the hotel will allow them to stay with a friend or relative. If you cannot find out this information ahead of time then make a phone call to the front desk and ask. If you do not get any good news then make arrangements to see your veterinarian so that you can get your cat checked in advance and spayed/neutered.
If you do plan ahead, then you won’t have to worry about traveling with a cat on a plane. You will need to check with the airline if they allow pets on the flight and then make sure that you take your cat with you. If you cannot find an airline that will allow your cat to board, then you can look for a cat-friendly hotel that will allow your feline to stay with someone who is also cat-friendly. If you can’t find any good hotels that allow pets, then you can always bring your cat-friend with you in the carrier that you have bought or you can rent a microchip-reader that is small enough to fit inside a suitcase.
When you board the plane, either by yourself or with another traveler, bring along your cat and use a calming diffuser to calm him down. Many airports now have a cat tree that you can place your cat in and he will be safe from predators while you are on the airplane. The tree is usually with a string that you can hang your cat onto, but you can also put him in the carrier on the seat next to you. If you are worried about how your cat will react in a microchip-reader, then put him in his carrier and give him some of his favorite kitty treats. This is very calming for cats. Remember that you can always bring a favorite treat when you board the airplane.
On the airplane, there are usually two forms of medicine available for your cat. One is anti-nausea and motion sickness. Anti-nausea medicines are normally prescribed by your veterinarian and can be found in the prescription booklets that you receive at your veterinarian office. Motion sickness medicines are not to be taken lightly. They do not affect everyone the same way, so it’s good to ask lots of questions before taking motion sickness medications. If motion sickness persists after two or three hours, contact your doctor for advice.
When traveling with a cat, the best option is a harness and leash. The harness will allow you to tether your cat securely and safely if he becomes distracted or gets too hot or cold. He will be able to move around without fear of being trapped in his carrier. It will allow you to inspect your cargo more closely without having to pull the carrier closed. Make sure that the harness fits snugly around his chest so he can breathe easily. You may also want to consider using a pet carrier as well.