Have you ever considered traveling with your cat and how to make that trip pleasant? 

To begin with, here are some general reasons to travel with your pet- they make great companions, you don’t have to worry about them while you’re away, they bring a sense of security, they encourage you to be active throughout your travels, traveling helps to socialize your pet, they relieve stress and anxiety. 

Read here about the therapeutic benefits of pets.

As pets are pack animals, they are happiest when they are with their pack leader. 

The same implies to cats, who can be very lively travel companions if we take the time to create a positive experience for them. However, it is important to think through some issues to make travel as smooth and easy as possible.

The vast majority of cat owners know that cats generally do not enjoy traveling. They are creatures of habit and love to know the environment they live in. Cats also have their own character and can therefore be more or less inclined to leave their environment and be transported elsewhere. On the other hand, being in a different environment greatly stimulates their curiosity, so a trip can be fun and interesting for them. 

It is important that your cat becomes accustomed to little trips and if you succeed in getting your cat used to staying away from home, you will be able to take her with you anywhere. With a little patience and a few simple tricks, you can share wonderful experiences together. 

Keep in mind that cats are naturally very territorial animals. Still, most of the destinations we travel to are not familiar and comfortable environments for them. 

Before getting to know the new environment, your pet will still be in a limited space during the trip, which is something they strongly dislike. 

When you’ve organized a cat carrier, you’ve already taken the first step towards a safe journey with your cat, no matter if you are traveling by car or plane. 

Teach your cat that her carrier is a great everyday place to hang out.

Many cats find car rides very difficult. The fear of driving has been explained by many studies as their instinctive response to a change in their daily routine. 

In order to reduce stress and prepare the cat for the trip, you can acquaint the cat with the carrier in its familiar territory. This will help the cat to create positive associations. Put her favorite blanket in it and give her a treat or a toy to encourage her to go inside on her own as much as possible. You can take your friend on short, frequent car trips to pleasant places. 

Don’t give your cat anything to eat before traveling because it could make them feel travel-sick. 

As for taking your cat on a plane, it can be stressful, but the better you prepare and the more relaxed you are, the more comfortable your cat will be.

Before booking a flight, speak to someone at the airline to find out what their particular policies are on taking a cat on a plane. Ask specifically about where your cat will be for the journey, what type of regulations your cat basket needs to meet, how often food will be dispensed, and whether they have any rules about the age or medical condition of your cat. In most cases, it is forbidden to travel with any cat under 3 months of age, an elderly, a pregnant cat, or a cat that’s in poor health.

Most of the time, cats travel quite well with no need for any medication. If yours experience stress when traveling consult your veterinarian to create the best travel plan that could include a cat sedative, which often comes in the form of wipes, collars, or sprays.

Put an ID tag on your pet’s collar displaying the address of your destination and any emergency contact numbers. They should wear this on the journey and for as long as you stay abroad. 

Also, consider packaging her meals in individual containers for ease of feeding. Using her own familiar food and water dishes will contribute to her comfort, which is, as we previously mentioned, extremely important to cats.  

Here we listed some pet products that you might find useful. 

Depending on the destination, appropriate documents are also required. First of all, this implies that the cat has been vaccinated against rabies and microchipped. Through a clinical examination, the veterinarian will determine the health status of the cat and issue the necessary certificate. 

More information about the documents, you can find here.

There are a growing number of pet-friendly travel destinations throughout the world. With pet-friendly attractions and pet-friendly hotels, with mini bars or room service, the opportunities are endless. Pet travel is on the rise and it’s a great option for those wanting to experience new destinations with their beloved fur friends. 

Choose a pet-friendly destination and secure accommodations that will help your cat feel at home. 

Pet Travel Advisor is focusing on standardizing the service in this segment and introducing hosts that are guaranteeing the equipment and service for the guests. 

Standardized hosts have bowls and a bed for pets, but they can also offer sitting assistance. Some of the services are included in the price of your stay and you can pay extra if you want more comfort for yourself and your four-legged friend.  

On the portal www.pettraveladvisor.com you will find a pet-friendly map and accommodation offer, as well as nearby cafes, restaurants, shopping places, vets, tourist attractions, and much more. If you don’t have time to research, you can also order a Travel Guide and get everything sorted just for you.

You can contact us at info@pettraveladvisor.com

By registering at the link you will be up to date with all interesting news and benefits from the pet-friendly world. 

Author: Marina Stancevic

 

This week we present to you: Babli

 

Bio: Thrown out of the car, she sat in that place for days traumatized, hungry and executed.  She ran after every moving car thinking that they had come back to get her. We tried persistently for days and in the end, somehow we managed to catch her. Two years have passed since then.

Health: Babli is healthy, sterilized, vaccinated, about two and a half years old and she needs someone who will have a lot of understanding, a lot of love for her, and endless patience to restore her faith in people and teach her everything she missed during these years. She is not tall, let’s say the size and constitution of a Breton.

 

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