Did you know that cats just like human beings feel stress and anxiety when traveling? In fact, when you take your pet out of its familiar environment it can bring about confusion.
This is why you need to put careful time and consideration when you decide to travel with your favorite cat. Thus, you should make the extra effort so that your travel experience will be less stressful for you both.
Preparing For An Airline Trip
1. See Your Vet – If you are going to travel by air, take note that it could be difficult for cats. Therefore, you should take your pet to your veterinarian to examine and make sure everything is okay including all of the vaccinations.
- A health certification should be completed by your vet, making sure that your cat is healthy enough to travel with you.
- You can ask your vet to put a microchip your pet to make it easier to identify your companion. If ever your cat has been microchipped, then ask your vet to make sure the chip can be read just fine.
- If your pet is under medication, ask the vet how this can be done when on the go.
- If possible, spray some cat pheromones in the carrier so it would smell familiar to your pet.
- You can also feed the cat inside the carrier in order to establish a positive association with it.
- Likewise, you can practice closing the door of the carrier when your cat is inside of it. Begin by closing it for a few seconds, and then opening it and giving it a treat right away.
2. Airline-Approved Pet Carrier – You should know that traveling by air requires you to have an airline-approved pet carrier. If possible, you can search for the website of the airline you are going to ride and check the requirements.
3. Allow Your Cat To Familiarize With Its Carrier – If you are going to bring along your pet, allow a one-month preparation to make a carrier that should look inviting and comfortable.
Traveling By Car
In each travel preparation, it is important that your cat is familiar with its carrier. When riding the car, you have to turn the volume down, turn on the air vents, and roll up the windows, so as to keep it cool inside.
If you are accustomed to having too much noise from the stereo, you might get your cat frightened. At the same time, never leave your cat unattended or in a hot car for a duration of time.
When driving on a car, you have to bring food, water, and a litter box. You can put the litter box on the floor or at the back of your minivan or SUV.
Your cat might also be subject to hyperactivity or motion sickness, as anybody can get carsick just like humans do. This can be resolved by making your pet accustomed to it by allowing it to spend time when the engine is on or when it is off.
Sedating A Hyper Cat
Not at all times do cats behave as you have expected, which mostly happens when you have a hyperactive cat. Thus, you should have a plan to bring along medication to be able to sedate the kitty cat to make the trip easier, safer, and less stressful.
Enable Your Cat To Hear Loud Noises
You can never be sure when the environment can be merciful for your pet. So, you need to acclimate your cat to some loud noises prior to your trip.
You can bring the cat to places where it can be mostly noisy or you can just turn your stereo at home a bit louder. Take note that loud noises can be so terrifying for cats, so you need to prepare your pet for these types of conditions.
Grooming Your Cat
Cutting or trimming your pet’s nails is one of the things you need to consider, as it could scratch the interior of the carrier during travel. Moreover, your pet’s nails could be stuck in the bars of the carrier leading to injury.
Getting Ready For The Day Of Travel
- Keep the normal routine with your cat on travel day. Take note that cats might not always respond well to sudden change, so make sure to keep calm and maintain normal feeding routine.
- Before traveling, try to feed your cat around 4-6 hours before the schedule. During the preparation, keep gradual adjustment with the mealtime so that it wouldn’t be that strange to your pet.
- You also need to give your pet its medication by scheduling the administration in accordance with your travel day. It is also strongly discouraged to give some tranquilizers to your cat before the trip, as it can affect its ability to regulate its body temperature.
When driving your car with your cat in the carrier, make sure you keep your attention on the road instead of being distracted by your cat. Never allow your pet cat unleashed around the car to roam freely to ensure both your safety during the trip.