Travelling with a cat presents unique challenges and requires some planning ahead. By ensuring you have all of the items on this checklist, you can relieve travel worries and help ensure a safe and enjoyable trip for all.
[ ] Food. It’s important not to disrupt or change a cat’s diet while travelling, which can cause intestinal distress or upset. If your cat eats canned food, consider purchasing smaller cans if refrigeration of leftovers will be an issue. Collapsible food and water bowls can also be good for when you have to pack light.
[ ] Carrier. If you’re travelling 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 travelling 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 travelling can be very difficult.
[ ] A blanket or toy from home. While isn’t necessarily requirement, that has familiar smell can comfort your cat during travel. Cats who are accustomed to a strict might find this especially comforting when their routine is disrupted — even if it’s for something fun.
[ ] A calming aid. If gets particularly nervous in the car on other forms of transportation, you ask vet medication could keep 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.