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3 Things to Know about Cat Travel

 


 

 

While driving across the country with a constantly meowing kitty in the backseat doesn’t fit most people’s idea of a good time.
The good news is that pet travel doesn’t have to be torturous. In fact, the experts say that traveling with your cat can be relatively painless — even pleasant — as long as you and your cat are well prepared for the adventure.

1) It’s All About the Cat Carrier- Get your cat comfortable with its carrier before you leave the house.Like dogs, cats are creatures of habit. The main difference is that cats are usually not at all acclimated to car rides and/or crates. Cats don’t go anywhere. They stay in their house, and when they go anywhere its usually someplace they hate, like the vet or the kennel. Aside from a cat’s natural aversion to leaving its comfort zone, many are haphazardly trained to fear their crates. That’s why you must un-train them.
Incremental cat carrier sessions are a good idea. For example, try leaving your cat in its carrier for 15 minutes while you’re at home, then let it out. Try 30 minutes the next day, and so on.
Also, it’s important to find the right carrier. It should be large enough for your cat to stand up and be comfortable in. Some are more comfortable in a soft-sided carrier and others like plastic.

2) Potty Breaks- If you’re planning on taking your cat along on an extended road trip, you may wonder how often to stop for a bathroom break. The answer? The cat will be fine until you get where you’re going. Since the cat can easily “hold it” until you set up a litter box at your destination,letting the cat run free in any time during transit. In fact, unless your cat is unusually comfortable on a leash, it can be quite dangerous. Your cat may bolt at the first opportunity, which brings up another very good travel tip: It’s always a good idea to get your cat microchipped in case you get separated during the course of your journey.

3) Home Away from Home- Keeping a sense of routine as you travel can help you and your cat avoid unnecessary headaches. The more familiar the cat is with its surroundings, the less it’s going to mess up its routine.” For example, pack the cat’s regular food and water bowls if possible, set up a litter box as soon as you arrive at your destination, and try to keep up with your cat’s regular feeding and play times.Don’t change your cat’s regular food. It can create G.I. upsets.

 

 

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