A rising number of pet owners are opting to travel with their pets. According to a survey, 77% of respondents said that their pets influence their holiday travel plans and this resulted in the proliferation of pet-friendly hotels, airlines, and establishments all around the world. Meanwhile, another poll reveals that 75% of pet owners found traveling with a pet to be more enjoyable than stressful. Though dog owners are more likely to take their pets along than other pet owners, people who own a cat can certainly take their furry friend with them on their next vacation. But before you book a trip with your feline companion, you should follow these tips to keep your cat healthy, happy, and safe while on your trip.
Get your cat insured
Having cat insurance can cover accidents, emergencies, or illness while you’re on vacation with your pet. Make sure that you complete the necessary paperwork before leaving as accomplishing this can make everything go smoother in case something happens to your cat while you’re on your trip.
Invest in a quality cat carrier
There’s no way that you’ll be traveling with your pet on your lap, especially if you’re going on a train or a plane, so make sure that you invest in a quality cat carrier. Get one with a seatbelt so your cat won’t be jostled, and label your carrier with your name, address, and telephone number.
Visit your vet before you leave
Even if your cat is in good health, it’s important to visit your vet before you go on vacation. Tell your vet where you’re going and ask what vacations does your cat need and if the weather will be good for your pet.
Pack your cat’s favorite things
Bring your cat’s favorite food, a few non-breakable bowls, some drinking water, and his or her favorite toys. You may also want to bring catnip as a treat, and perhaps a small blanket to keep your cat warm if you’re heading to a place that has cold weather.
Find out if your cat needs to be sedated before going on the road
Some cats can be hyperactive during long car trips or airplane rides. To avoid any mishaps, it may be best to keep your pet sedated while you’re traveling. Ask your vet about dosages and opt for a trial run before your trip to see if your cat responds to the medication.
Having your cat with you can be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. Through careful planning and being prepared, you can ensure that your cat stays healthy and happy on your getaway.