Travelling with your cat

Don't let the fur hit the fan-find out how to best travel with your cat before you take off on your trip.

30 Sep 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

So you’re going on a trip and you want to take your little whisker-wearing pal with you or perhaps you’re moving house? Either way, it’s worth noting that cat’s don’t travel well, so unless it’s essential that you cat goes with, we’d suggest leaving the little critter at home.

If you simply cannot leave home without your cat, it’s time to brush up on the ins and outs of travelling with your cat.

Travelling with your cat by car

If Simba isn’t a seasoned traveller then plan in a few short car rides before you set off on your trip. This will reassure your cat that not all car journeys end up at the vet’s.

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Cat’s can get stressed when away from the comfort of home so making sure your cat is super comfortable is essential. Get your cat a portable pet carrier that’s large enough for him or her to stand up in, turn and stretch. Cover the base of the carrier with padding that won’t shift around.

Of course, you want your cat to be safe while travelling so place the pet carrier on the back seat and secure with a seatbelt.

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If you’re travelling some distance and don’t intend stopping on the way you’ll need to buy some disposable litter boxes. Place on the floor of the car for your cat to use (you’ll have to stop the car to let your cat out of its carrier) and then it can be simply thrown away.

If you’re travelling over 4-6 hours or over several days you’ll need to let your cat out for food, water and a wee along the way. Make sure your cat is wearing an ID tag and you have a lead. Don’t open any car doors until your cat is securely on its leash. The last thing you need to deal with is your cat making a mad dash for freedom.

Travelling with your cat by plane

When it comes to domestic travel with your pet, ensure the fur doesn’t hit the window with Zookie’s tips on flying with your feline.

Check in with your vet to make sure Kitty is fit and healthy for plane travel. Be sure to get a certificate showing your cat’s health, as you may need to show it for insurance purposes.

If you’re concerned that your pet may feel anxious, speak to your vet about natural calmers or sedation.

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You’ll need an International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved pet carrier, which you can either hire or buy—depending how often you intend to travel with your cat.

Prior to travel it’s worth getting your pet comfortable with their carrier. Take your cat on a few car journeys in the container or get them to sleep in it. Put their favourite toy in there with them or an item of your clothing (an old shirt or scarf that has your smell on it).

Pets are generally checked in 90-120 minutes before the flight. They will be taken to the cargo area and will travel safe and securely in the aircraft hold.

Check in advance where you need to go to collect your cat once you arrive at your destination.

Once you and your cat are reunited treat your puss to some fresh air and exercise, give them plenty of water and a delicious dinner.

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30 Sep 2017 By Leanne Philpott Comments

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