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We Can Teach You How to Travel with Cats

Wish you could take your kitty on your next trip?  The good news is, you can.  You just have to learn how to travel with cats.  

Going on a trip?  Wish you could bring your cat along?  You can!

This article is going to give you some great advice on how to travel with cats.  Let’s dive right in!  

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Top 5 Traveling Tips for Cat Parents

Whether you choose to drive or fly, the following tips will make the entire experience better for your four-legged buddy:

  • Get your cat used to the carrier before traveling.  This is a process, so start ahead of time and be patient.  
  • To save money, find a pet-friendly hotel that doesn’t charge additional fees for pets.
  • Don’t feed your cat on the day you leave.  Skipping breakfast may prevent an upset tummy later on.  
  • Use herbal remedies to reduce your cat’s anxiety.  Seek guidance from a holistic veterinarian.  
  • Bring your cat’s favorite items and place them in the hotel room to comfort your feline.  Those items include the cat bed, toys, and treats.  
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Taking a Road Trip with Your Cat

How do you make a road trip less stressful for you and your kitty?  Just follow these guidelines:

  • Keep your cat in the carrier while you are driving.  Otherwise, your cat might distract you and cause an accident.  
  • Secure the carrier with a seatbelt so that it doesn’t fly off the seat.  
  • Make the carrier comfortable for your feline, especially if it’s going to be a long drive.  Place your cat’s blankets and toys inside the carrier to make it feel like home.
  • If traveling a long distance, you should periodically stop the car and let your cat out of the carrier.  Just be sure to keep all car doors and windows shut.  You certainly don’t want your beloved fur baby to escape!  
  • When you’ve reached your destination and it’s time to get out of the car, double-check the carrier to make sure it’s firmly closed before you take it out.  

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Flying with Your Fur Ball

Booking a flight for your pet requires careful planning and thorough research because each airline has its own set of rules.  It’s definitely a lot more complicated than driving.  

While each airline has different policies, you need to know these general guidelines:

  • It’s best to keep your cat in the cabin, rather than sending your kitty as cargo.  If you choose the latter option your precious pet will be subjected to varying temperatures and lots of noise.  
  • Find out what your airline’s specific size requirements for pet carriers are.  The carrier you buy has to be small enough to fit under the airplane’s seats.  
  • Most airlines will limit the number of cats that can fly in the cabin, so reserve your cat’s spot way ahead of time.   
  • It can be costly to fly with a cat.  Research the airline’s pet fees to make sure you will be able to cover those added expenses.   
  • Each airport’s pet policies may differ from the airline’s own pet-related rules. Be sure to find out what those differences are.    

While cats don’t have a reputation for being great traveling companions, that doesn’t mean your kitty can’t join you on your next trip.  As you’ve already read in this article about how to travel with cats, it can be done!  

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