Travel Safety Tips for Cats

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Traveling can sometimes be a daunting experience for pets and their owners with so many things to consider.

Here are a few tips to help ensure the safety and comfort of your pet when traveling. 

1. Before leaving make sure the pet is up to date on all their vaccinations and that you have all current health records with you. (example rabies) 

2. Keep your pet in a carrier while traveling. Make sure that the carrier is large enough to fit a small litter box, food and water. We turn the box sideways for more room. 

3. Place a favorite blanket or towel in the front of the container for pet to sleep on comfortably. Carry extra bedding in case it gets soiled or wet. 

4. If possible secure the container/carrier to the seat. 

5. While traveling on a plane or bus (any vehicle) make sure that your pet always has access to their food and water. 

6. Watch the time.  If traveling a long distance make sure that your car has plenty of fuel by stopping at least every two hours. Keeping your vehicles doors closed, allow your pet to get out of the carrier and stretch for 15 minutes. To keep your pet from escaping, DO NOT open the doors and put pet back in carrier before opening vehicle doors.
Many pets have been lost during travel because owners don't adhere to this rule. Our pets have a harness and are on a leash at all times when outdoors. Even at our home they are on leashes. 

7. Maintain their schedule as much as possible allowing extra time for potty breaks in unfamiliar territory (even if it's in their own litter box). 

8. Pack a pet travel bag.  We always include their regular food, water, food bowls, water bowls, pet wipes, paper towels, medications, vaccine papers, toys, treats, blankets, pet bed, litter box, litter scoop, litter and small trash bags. Some prefer to use disposable litter pan liners. If you go that route and your cat has never used one, let them practice with one at home before you travel.  

9. Be sure your cat has a collar with an ID tag with your phone number on it in case you become separated from the pet. 

10. Be prepared for the climate.  Unexpected weather can happen, especially during winter months.  Always have warm bedding and clothing for the pet and be sure to keep their feet dry. 

11. Medications and Flea Treatments.  A few days before your trip, apply flea and tick meds. This allows you to monitor them for any reactions before traveling.  This is especially needed if going to warmer climates where fleas, ticks and mites are prevalent.  

12. Be wary of strangers petting your animal.  To you they might be friendly, but may not be with others.  If startled pets may react differently, than you are accustomed to, in an unusual situation by scratching or biting.  This is another reason why having medical records with you is important. 

Being prepared can relieve unnecessary stress on both you and the pet.  Enjoy your travel time with your pet by maintaining their schedule and adding in some extra TLC.  Bon Voyage!

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1 comment:

  1. These tips are really useful. We often go with our pets without thinking of these things until something happens. Then, we know how important they are.