Cat Travel

One of the many joys of having a cat is the flexibility you have when you travel. While you can board your cat or look for pet friendly hotels at your chosen destination, you can also leave your cat home alone for short periods.

Boarding Your Cat or Kitten While You Travel

Many kennels and vet offices offer boarding services for your cat when you have to travel. This is a particularly good choice if your cat needs special attention, especially if you have a kitten or an older cat. If your cat has a medical condition or special diet you may need someone to care for your cat while you travel.

The Cat Might Play While You”re Away

Cats are known for their independence and self-sufficiency. If you”re going on a short trip, you may be able to leave your cat home alone. Make sure the litter box is clean and accessible to avoid any accidents and leave sufficient cat food and water. If you don”t already have one, pick up a self-dispensing water bowl. This is a bottle that attaches to a water bowl and refills as your cat drinks. Some versions of this device can hold up to five gallons of water, though you probably won”t need one that large. You can also find self-feeders that follow the same principle, dispensing cat food as needed.

On the Road Again: Cat Travel Suggestions

If you do decide to travel with your cat, bring your cat along in a carrier. Not many businesses appreciate a cat running loose on the premises. If you”re traveling by plane, bus or train, it”s highly unlikely that your cat will be allowed on if he”s not in a carrier. If you”re taking public transportation, try to travel when fewer people are traveling. Crowds and noise may frighten your cat.

Traveling with your cat by car is generally not recommended. Too many things can go wrong. Your cat may develop motion sickness or, if you”re not using a carrier, your cat may be injured due to a sudden stop. If you must travel by car, put your cat in a carrier. Your cat may not like it, but she”ll be safe.

Never leave your cat in the car, even for short periods of time, if the weather is hot (or even just warm). The sun can raise the temperature in your car to deadly levels very quickly.

Finding and Frequenting Pet Friendly Hotels

If you plan on traveling with your pet, you”ll be relieved to know that many hotels and motels accept pets. Some insist that pets be contained in carriers while others allow them to have the run of your room. In any case, never leave your cat alone in your room unless she”s in a carrier as she may try to escape as soon as the hotel maid opens the door to come in and clean your room.