6 Essential Tips For Travelling Safely With Your Cat


If the idea of being apart from your cat sounds horrible, or you're in a situation where you have to bring them on your trip/holiday with you, then this post is for you. Remember, they'll be thrilled to be accompanying you. Even though cats don't love moving about too much, read our advice for making sure they still feel like kings of the castle on your travels.Here are 6 top tips for making sure your cat travels go as smoothly and safely as possible:

1. Choose a good travel bag.


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So that your cat isn't too disorientated, get them a proper cat travel bag. You'll need one that's both practical and comfortable for your kitty at the same time.Your feline friend should be able to sleep in it, stand up and turn around. Leave it around the house or practise using it a bit before you leave so that they can get used to it.

2. Feed them.


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Before setting off, give them their favourite meal to eat. They probably won't eat much once you're on the road as they'll feel pretty stressed. But do remember to offer them lots of water throughout.

3. Comfort.


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Some cats just despise every type of travel and transport. But by offering them enough water, silence, warmth and darkness (cover), they'll be comfortable. Otherwise, you can go see your vet and they can prescribe a weak sedative.

4. If you're flying...


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Make sure all your cat's vaccinations are up-to-date! You'll also have to fill out a form online to ensure your cat's travel by plane, as well as a confirmation telephone call at least 72 hours before boarding opens.If he's going in the hold (some air companies don't allow them to travel with you in the cabin), the staff will make sure he is as comfortable as possible.

5. If you're taking the train...


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If you're travelling with your cat on the train, they can accompany you for free. Attention: theymust be carried in an enclosed basket, cage or pet carrier, whichmust be rigid and not open (to prevent escape). Ensure your cat is able to stand and lie down in comfort, but know they can't take up a seat. So have them on your lap and make sure they don't inconvenience the fellow passengers.

6. If you're travelling by car...


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For car journeys, rigid pet carriers are the optimum, safest choice. Whatever happens, your cat should not be able to wander around the car whilst you're driving.Don't forget to put an absorbing, disposable undersheet in their crate, so that they can urinate without causing a mess. Take a break every 2-3 hours.

We hope you have a good journey!

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