If you are planning to travel with cats, there are a few basic steps that can help make your trip a success. Here are some tips and techniques for pets to help create the most enjoyable trip for you and your cat.
Before you go on a trip, you want to introduce the cat to the cat carrier that you will use to transport them. A few days or even weeks before you plan to travel, the cat carrier needs to be left open and placed in an area of your home where the cat usually sleeps or plays. It is recommended to feed all dishes in the carrier, and also to place sweets inside that your cat connected with the carrier positive feelings. Bedding and / or blankets placed inside can also achieve similar results.
Another thing to consider before the trip – whether your cat will need to calm down. A short trip does not require this level of precaution, however a longer trip inevitably increases stress levels. If you have previously traveled with your pet on long trips and experienced high levels of stress, you really want to think about using a sedative. Talk to your veterinarian about the best option for your cat and be sure to explore the pros and cons of using tranquilizers while traveling.
Once you’re ready to hit the road, you’ll want to make sure the cat carrier is positioned correctly and properly secured. If you place the carrier on a seat, using a seat belt is the best way to secure it. If the carrier is in the rear of the vehicle or on the floor, it must be placed so that the movements of the vehicle are not shifted, shaken or shifted by the carrier in any way. The carrier also needs to be placed where it will be easy to get to it if you stop to rest, or in case of an emergency. Under no circumstances hide your pet’s carrier under luggage or boxes. Placing a blanket over the carrier will also significantly reduce stress levels in cats.
It is also important to consider when and how much to feed and water the cat while traveling. How long it travels will affect your cat’s feeding schedule. If you travel for more than 5 hours, you want your cat to have access to food and water inside the carrier. Otherwise, it is safe to limit your cat’s food and water intake immediately before departure and upon arrival.
As for breaks in the bathroom, you will need to pay attention to your cat’s needs while traveling. Often, stress during travel can disrupt your cat’s digestive processes, resulting in either no need to be relieved at all, or very little, or cause uncomfortable diarrhea. Either way, taking the necessary action can help. Be sure to bring a bag with clean bedding and bedding regardless. Even if your cat does not show a desire to use the bathroom, a break every 2-3 hours is recommended. If your cat has diarrhea, replacing bedding with newspaper and a small amount of litter can help control unpredictable clutter.
In conclusion, traveling with a cat can be a positive and successful experience if the right measures are taken. Be sure to make your cat as comfortable and safe as possible – this is a top priority, and with a few helpful steps you and your cat can travel safely.