If you are going to be traveling with a cat, it takes a bit of preparation. Cats are often not the most willing or relaxed travelers, which can be stressful for both you and your pet. Luckily, there are some things you can do to make for an easier trip, whether you are planning a road trip with your furry friend, or need to fly with them. SIXT rent a car allows cats in our all our vehicles, learn more about pet car rental.
Have a Cozy Carrier
Since it’s not a good idea to let your cat have free range in your vehicle (they WILL try to climb all over you while you’re driving), you will need a carrier that’s cozy but large enough for the cat to stand up and move around. If there’s any flying involved in the trip, you will need to book your cat a spot on the flight and have a carrier of an approved size. While traveling, you can put a favorite toy in with them for some extra comfort or spray the inside of the carrier with a calming spray. And if your cat is excessively anxious, talk to a veterinarian for some advice before embarking on any cross-country road trips.
Do Some Test Runs in the Car
Like people, if a cat is not used to riding in a car and is not used to the sensation, they may get sick or upset. It’s best to take your pet for short journeys before a longer trip so they can get used to – or even look forward to! – riding in moving vehicle. This is also a good chance to see if the cat’s carrier is the correct one and where the best place in your vehicle is to put it. If your cat usually dislikes car journies, spend time with your cat inside the car without driving. This was your cat can explore your vehicle and rub its scent on the furnishings so that the space is familiar and part of their territory. Giving your cat a treat after your test runs will also give them a positive association with car travel.
Plan for Extra Stops
It’s a good idea to stop every couple of hours in order to pet your cat in the carrier or take it out of the carrier for some playtime. Just be sure you do this in an enclosed space or put a halter and leash on the cat to avoid any escape attempts. You can also use these stops to give your cat food and water. Be sure to bring water, extra food, and collapsible or lightweight plastic bowls with you for this purpose.
Make Sure Your Cat Can Be Identified
Cats are master escape artists and the last thing you want on a trip is to worry about your pet getting away and not having anything to identify it. You can microchip your cat, which is a quick and painless procedure. Or you can simply get a tag made online or at most larger pet stores with the pet’s name and your contact information.
Check if Your Hotel is Pet-Friendly
If you plan to stay overnight, it’s best to inquire about whether pets are allowed in the room. There may be a small fee but checking beforehand gives you peace of mind against being turned away at a hotel with your furry friend after a long day of driving.
Talk to Your Vet
When in doubt about something before traveling with your cat, it’s best to consult your veterinarian. They will likely have advice about how to calm your cat during the trip, and also make sure the cat is healthy enough for longer drives. Also be sure to pack extra medication if your cat uses any, in order to avoid running out on your trip.
Watch the Temperature
If you are going on a summer road trip somewhere warm, try to keep the air conditioning on at least part of the time so your cat doesn’t get overheated. And if it’s in the winter and cold, be sure to keep the temperature at a comfortable level or even put something cozy like a blanket in the carrier. And a very important thing to keep in mind is you should never leave your cat in the car alone. Temperatures can reach dangerous levels in a short period of time and it’s best to avoid any risks with your cat’s health by not taking any chances.