[ ] Carrier. If you’re traveling by air, you’ll likely need to have an airline-approved, specifically sized crate or carrier to contain your cat during the flight. Check with the airline beforehand. You have more flexibility when traveling by car as far as choosing a crate size, and you can purchase cat seat belts.
[ ] Collar and harness. Make sure your cat’s collar has ID information on it to ensure you can be contacted if you and your cat become separated. If your cat is unaccustomed to being on a harness, it might be a good idea to have a few practice runs with it at home before taking it on a trip.
[ ] Documents. Some hotels and airlines require that you provide documentation of your pet’s vaccination and general health. It’s also useful to have a photo of your cat with you so that if you do become separated, anyone who you might enlist for help can make an easy visual identification.
[ ] Any medications your pet takes. Replacing these while traveling can be very difficult.
[ ] A blanket or toy from home. While this isn’t necessarily a requirement, something that has a familiar smell can help comfort your cat during travel. Cats who are accustomed to a strict routine might find this especially comforting when their routine is disrupted — even if it’s for something fun.
[ ] A calming aid. If your cat gets particularly nervous in the car or on other forms of transportation, you might ask your vet for a medication that could help keep your cat calm.
Following this checklist will help you to remember all the essentials before you head out on your travels. Print a copy to include with your own pack list, and ensure your cat has as good a travel experience as you do.