|Traveling with your Cat
traveling with your cat, there are many different ways you can
transport them. One option would be via a pet carrier that
has a locking door so that your cat stays safe.
Price: $12.99 at Petsmart
This is an example of a generic pet carrier that is available at all pet
stores, as well as common shopping stores such as Walmart and Target. It
is made of durable plastic with a metal door that locks shut to keep your
pet safely contained inside. There is plenty of ventilation and little
screws on the side allow you to take the top off for easy cleaning.
Price: $39.99 at Petsmart
is an example of a more stylish carrier for your cat. This
particular carrier is constructed of luggage quality
nylon with vinyl mesh. There is a full zip-around
entrance on one side and a partial zip-down flap on the
other. There is a mesh side that has a convertible
flap so you can either leave it open for visibility and
ventilation, or roll it down for privacy. There
is a removable padded floor for comfort, and a leash
ring inside keeps your cat secure even when the carrier
is open. It can be carried over your shoulder with
strap, and it contains an extra strap to buckle the carrier
in the car. Non-skid feet on the bottom keep the
carrier stable. This carrier is approved for in-cabin
use on most airlines.
traveling in the car, you can either have your cat in a pet carrier
or let them loose with a harness and
leash on. My cats do not stand to stay in a pet carrier,
so we let them loose with their harnesses on. They have
their favorite places to lay in my Chevy Blazer, and after exploring
for a few minutes they usually end up sleeping for the whole
trip. It is recommended that if your cat serves as a distraction
when it is loose, you should attached its leash to a seatbelt
in the backseat to keep it in one area. If you do keep
your cat in the pet carrier, make sure to put it in a secure
area where it will not slide or buckle it down with a seat belt.
your cat gets motion sick, speak with your vet about possible
medication you could give him before the trip.
a short trip, you really don't need to have anything set out
for your cat (by short, I mean 4-6 hours). For longer trips,
you should bring along a bowl of water (and an extra gallon of
water from your house - water that a cat is not used to can sometimes
upset his stomach) and a minimal amount of food. A small
litter box is also a good idea in case of emergencies. Most
times this will go unused since cats generally like to be comfortable
with their surroundings when going to the bathroom; otherwise,
they just hold it until they get to their destination. Extra
towels, paper towels, and a disinfectant cleaner would also be
beneficial in case of accidents.
you are going to be keeping your cat in a pet carrier or crate,
check out our Pet Taxi Mini-Pillows in our store.