20 Hotel Travel Safety Tips for Cats

Traveling with pets is something that my family and I are accustomed to on a regular basis.  Over the years we’ve learned to take precautions to assure our pets safety.  Here are twenty things you can do to help prevent harm or injury to your fuzzy friend(s). 

1. Make sure your pet is always in their carrier or on a leash, whether or not you think they are “well behaved” enough without it.  This is for their safety from outside sources they may not be familiar with, because you never know how they will respond. 

2. Place a chair in front of the door to remind yourself to put the pet in their carrier or in the bathroom before opening the door. 

3. Check under the bed to see if they can get up into the box spring ... believe me they can! 
Take precautions by stuffing pillows or an extra blanket between the nightstand and headboard so they can't get in between areas leading under the bed.  It took us hours to get our kitty out, so really take this one seriously! (While you're at it look for any place they could get stuck in or caught.)

4. Unplug any electrical devices they have access to, making sure all wires are out of reach. 

5. Put all soaps, shampoos, coffee items, etc. that are on the counter out of reach of your pet.  A drawer or closet would be best for these items.
6. Keep toilet seat down because of the chemicals they use to clean the bathroom. 

7. Double lock your room door.  Someone may enter and not know the pet is loose, so this prevents accidental pet escapes.  Take notice of hotel rooms that have adjoining doors to the next room.  Make sure that doors and windows are securely locked for your pet’s safety as well as your own. 

8. Don't give treats or food that is "new" to them.  Keep your pet(s) on their regular diet so they don't get sick and they maintain their regular bowel movements. 

9. Carry extra bottled water and don't give them tap water. My hubby and I never leave the house without plenty of water for our pets and ourselves even if it is local. 

10. About 15 minutes before you reach your destination, stop and allow your pet to stretch its legs for a good 15-20 minutes. Feed and water them.  

Upon arriving at your final stop bring them inside and let them stay in their cage for about 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the setting.   This allows the pet owner to get their things in the room and settled with no worries about a pet on the run. 

11. Staying in a motel or hotel allows you to bring in all your baggage and get settled before opening their cage or carrier. After you have everything in the room, it’s important that you sit down and spend time with your pet. Set out their bowls and litter box showing them where they are. 

12.  Place the litter box away from traffic area (especially in line with the door).  It should be at the farthest location away from the door but easily accessible. 
Using a litter mat or pet pads will help clean-up to go faster when you leave. Also, do not put it near their food and water bowls. 

13. If you are going to someone's house, do all the above but don't let your pet out of the cage right away. Place their container next to where you are sitting and carry on a conversation with your friends/family. The pet will soon relax and feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.  Watch out for any open doors or windows.

14. At bedtime have your pet sleep in their container for a safe and familiar environment. Make sure the litter is clean and that they have fresh food and water. 

15. When it is time to leave be mindful of how you found the place and clean the area that your pet had access to during your stay. That goes for hotels/motels as well.  

16. Never leave a pet in a room unattended. 

17. Spend plenty of play time with your pet maintaining their schedule as much as possible to help avoid anxiety in your pet. 

18. Make sure to pack your pet grooming and first aid kits as well as all pet medications, including extra supplies in case you get snowed in or delayed like we did. 

19. Plan ahead for any activities that would take you away from your pet.  Do a search for a pet daycare facility or find out if your hotel has any pet services that you would feel comfortable using.  As stated in #15, never leave your pet unattended. 

20. It isn’t hard to find a hospital for people when you travel, but what about your pet?  Make sure to get the address and phone number of a Vet Clinic in the town or towns where you are staying. 

Don’t freak out.  That means you pet owner.  Staying calm will help your pet to stay at ease making the whole journey go that much smoother.  Yes, you can travel with your pets … and enjoy it!

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