Sometimes, it seems like dogs have all the fun. After all, you never seeing anybody in the park playing Frisbee with his cat, and nobody talks about hanging out at the cat park.
But, if you’re a cat lover, you know the joy that comes just from having your feline baby there with you. And you can travel with a cat just as easily as you can travel with a dog! You just need to be prepared–here are the steps I follow whenever I travel with my cat:
• Invest in a good pet carrier
Cats are wanderers (and sometimes escape artists), so a good carrier is essential for keeping your pet safe. Keep your cat’s personality in mind when you’re shopping. My cat, for instance, likes her privacy, so her favorite carrier isthis oneby IBIYAYA. If your cat is more of a people watcher, she may prefer theirtransparent hard case carrier.
• Consider some sort of calming agent
If your cat goes crazy on long road trips, consider getting her a little bit of help. Feliway is a cat-specific pheromone that many cats find soothing. While you don’t want to spray it on your cat, you can use it on your cat’s carrier and bedding. It’s also available as a room diffuse. You can find it online, at pet stores and from some vets (it’s a good idea to check with your vet before you use it, anyway). If your cat is really stressed by travel, you might want to ask your vet about a prescription medication.
• Bribe her with catnip
Each cat reacts differently to catnip, so it would be a good idea to test this one ahead of time. But if your cat is one of the many for whom catnip has a mellowing effect, it can be a great distraction on a long road trip. It’s especially effective if you save it for special occasions!
• Make safety a priority
While anyone who’s been stuck in a car with a squalling cat can tell you how critical it is to keep your cat happy while traveling, never underestimate the importance of safety. First, make sure your cat can be easily identified. Collars with tags work well, but microchips are better. Be sure to keep the information on the chip up-to-date, and locate an emergency vet in every city on your route. If an accident or unexpected illness strikes, you want to be able to get help as quickly as possible.
Don’t let the canines have all the fun–traveling with your cat can be just as great. And, if you’re like me, it’s a lot less nerve-wracking than leaving your baby in the care of strangers!
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