Finally those long-awaited vacation days that you deserve so much arrive, and you have decided to travel with your cat. The first thing to keep in mind is that cats, unlike dogs, are not usually very fond of changes.
Despite being restless and having a pronounced instinct for curiosity, they can be stressed very easily when they leave an environment they consider safe and familiar.
If you add to this everything that the displacement entails, you should be patient and plan the trip with your cat very well, to minimize all those aspects that may arouse their anxiety, and even bother them.
Along these lines, we offer you a series of tips for Traveling with cats that can help you manage the situation at all times:
1. Preparation: how to travel with a cat
It is convenient that, days before the trip, you go to your veterinarian and inform him of your travel plan together. He will carry out a complete examination of your cat to ensure that it is healthy, will check that it has a microchip and, ideally, an identification plate, and will indicate all those aspects that you must take into account to keep your cat calm during the trip.
He will surely recommend that, in order to avoid dizziness, you feed him about 3 hours before starting the journey. And it can also recommend that you provide tranquilizers or pheromones for cats, which are hormones that when vaporized in a certain environment create familiar smells that provide them with security.
2. The importance of the transporter
The cabin in which your cat will travel is one of the most important aspects to ensure that their experience during the journey is positive. You need to choose a rigid carrier with grids, with a secure closing system.
It should be appropriate to its size to allow your cat to stretch inside if he wishes. You can condition the base with a soft support or mat, which you can also buy in specialized pet stores.
You should also spend some time getting your cat familiar with the carrier. Put it in a space in your house that he considers safe, and keep it open so he can enter and inspect it. Keep in mind that cats usually associate the use of the carrier with specific outings that are not usually to their liking (visit to the vet, removals, etc.).
If you have decided to drive with your cat, place the carrier on the ground, behind the front seats, or in the back seat, anchored with the seat belt.
3. Comfort during the journey
There are a number of conditions that can make the journey a difficult drink for your cat. Depending on the means of transport you choose, you can more or less control this aspect.
Your feline friend will feel more restless if he perceives noise or an excess of temperature. Therefore, if you travel by car, keep the windows up, and the music low. To control that the temperature is correct, you can resort to using the air conditioning, avoiding that the air outlet is not directed directly at it.
The sensation of movement can also condition it, so it is important that you do not drive abruptly, and that you make specific stops to calm your cat and ensure that it drinks water.
4. The stay
The first thing that you will have to contemplate is that the place where you will live, during your holidays together with your cat, is well conditioned for its basic needs. Currently, there are different types of “Pet friendly” accommodation that can provide you with a peaceful stay. Find out beforehand and compare the different options.
Think that your cat will need time to adjust to the accommodation. Find a large space where you feel comfortable and safe. He places his belongings there (feeder, drinking bowl, sandpit, scraper, toys and bed), and lets him get used to it progressively. Avoid forcing it. Surely, it will be himself who decides where he feels calmer.
Be especially careful with the windows. Cats love to walk in the heights, there is a possibility that they can get distracted and fall. Also, if your cat doesn’t quite feel safe, it may tend to want to run away if it detects a possible exit.
Finally, give your cat as much time and love as you can. The contact with you and your caresses will contribute to making the experience together unbeatable!