Travelling with your cat

We are clear that the typical cat does not like to travel. Trying to place it in its cage to take to the vet is proof enough. But how do when you move or travel long and you have to bring? The key is to prepare in advance. Depending on whether the journey is by car or plane, make a list of everything you need enough time to make the trip as pleasant as possible for both you and your cat.

The advantage of traveling with your cat via car is that you can take all its amenities. Maybe your cat is a born traveler and enjoy the journey, but most prefer to shut themselves in their cages and not look at the scenery. Here is a list of the basics you should include in your list.

• Cage: This will be your refuge inside the car. For this type of trip is recommended to use a plastic made as it remains firm and prevents excessive movement happens with those made of cloth.

• Make your cage your small apartment: To make you feel more comfortable, place a piece of yours shirt or clothing with your scent to calm him. If the cage is large enough, it includes a sandbox in case you need emergency use.

NOTE: Never take out your cat cage while they are traveling! Your kitten will ask him with her big eyes and tempting meow, but are a danger outside of confinement. They tend to sit at your feet making it impossible to slow down or speed you can comfortably. Prevents accidents. The idea is to arrive safe and sound to their destination. Do not let convince.

• Safe, sand and shovel to collect: Perhaps the box used at home is very big to fit in his cage. But there are other types of sandbox that are easier to handle during travel, such as disposable cardboard. Try to have more than one if it breaks on the way.

If you use not home clumping litter (scoopable) I recommend the trip for the change to a yes it is. During the trip not have time to be shifting sands, it is easier to collect the solid mass and leave the rest in the box for next time.

If the idea of ​​having the box in his cage you think dangerous (you can always turn), you can use a plastic box with a lid such that vacuum sealed for storage. should not be too deep for your cat can get in and out easily. The negative detail is that you have to stop and let him out of the cage (BUT NOT THE AUTO) so you can use the box. Once finished, collects the used sand and deposit it in a bag or trash can in the area. Close the box with its lid.

NOTE: No matter what kind of box you use, keep it always clean. Not only for your cat, also through your nose.

• Food and Water: Pack enough for the journey, including additional days as a precaution. Remember that if you eat canned food, pack serving spoon, can opener and a lid to close the can between meals. Your cat needs always fresh water. A good solution is to put a bottle in the cage as used for hamsters (also come cat size) with water available when he needs it.

• Identification and harness: If suddenly you decide to stretch out their legs, you know that you have to place it in a harness. Let him walk is just a very big risk. It can be lost in seconds or can be hit by another vehicle. Keep it safe and identified at all times.

• First aid kit, detergent to clean and towels: Required for any trip. If your cat is on a medical regimen, be sure to take your medicine. The detergent and towels if spilled some of the sandbox or your meal. Keep the cage clean is important.

• Toys and products for hair: Leave him some toys inside the cage will help you feel more at home. The comb and brush to keep it spruced up and happy.

It is very different take the kitten on the plane. The list is not as long. But stress is greater. Especially if you can not take it with you under the front seat. While it is important to have him food, water and litter box available especially if traveling by cargo area. My experience has been that the cat gets so nervous that actually what it does is wait in his cage to pass the nightmare. But they are prepared. Here are some tips that will help you make the right choice.

• Consult the airline: Due to the many accidents with animals that escape in the cargo area below the plane today are airlines that allow your pet to travel with you as long as is small enough that everything fits under the seat and cage. Even the greatest cat is small for those standards. From experience I say that is the most bearable solution. near the calm be both.

NOTE: Traveling With Pets not occur year round, are usually in spring or autumn. Very high or low temperatures cause much harm to the animals in the cargo area. Also the amount of pets per aircraft is limited. Consultation with time.

• Direct Fly: Whenever you can, try the flight is direct. The stops do it all more uncomfortable for your cat. The faster you get out of this situation, the better.

• Vaccines and certification to date: This is very important. They will not let your cat on the plane unless you have your vaccinations, especially the rage. Check with your veterinarian and take the necessary steps so that your cat is in good health to board the plane.

• Cage: If your cat will travel in the cargo area, as recommended by the airlines cage is plastic because it is more resistant to bumps and jolts. Choose one in your kitten is comfortable and can be moved, but not as large as those used to travel by car because you know that prefer to feel snuggled. A smaller is ideal. However if the cat goes with you up on the cage plane cloth is better. This fits easily under the seat conforming to the area. It is also easier to upload your skirt after takeoff.

• Identification and harness: Much more important here than in the car. With the new security rules at airports it is mandatory to take your cat from its cage for inspection. You must have him a harness to prevent discharge of shot into hiding in addition to its identification plate with his collar.