Pussy time: Things to remember when travelling with a cat

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Travelling with a cat can be an adventurous experience for those who aren’t used to such endeavours. Unlike travelling with a dog, taking your cat with you requires a completely different way of thinking about your trip. Here at Take Your Pet, we encourage you to understand your feline friend, and their views on travel, before you take off with your cat for a fun-filled family vacation.

In many ways, cats are not like dogs. One of the most common problems that people encounter with their cats is that ‘Puss’ simply does not like to travel. If a cat doesn’t like being in the car, dislikes exploring new places, would rather hide under your couch than greet the person who’s knocking at your door, then perhaps leaving the cat behind with a pet sitter would be a better idea than dragging them along for the ride. A cat who is scared of travelling will spend your family’s vacation time hidden under the bed or behind the refrigerator, frequently refusing to come out to eat. This creates a stressful situation for everyone. You’re not going to enjoy your vacation very much if you have to worry about your frightened feline all the time.

If your cat does enjoy travelling, then taking her along on the family vacation can be a lot of fun. Travelling with a cat isn’t difficult, but it does require a different manner of planning than vacationing with a dog. You will need to get your cat used to wearing a harness well in advance of the trip. A cat’s head is smaller than their neck, so relying on a collar to keep them leashed when outside isn’t a wise idea. Get your cat used to wearing a harness and walking on a leash, as many cats don’t take kindly to the concept at first it may take some practice.

Remember to bring along your cat’s litter box and the same brands of litter and food that you use at home. Your feline’s favourite toys should be included as well, to make sure that they will be entertained while on the road. As with dogs, your cat should always be properly restrained in the back seat during travel. In fact, you should consider a travel cage for long trips.

You can use the Take Your Pet app to find pet friendly places all over Australia. When travelling with a cat, it is always a good idea to make sure that your planned destination is cat friendly, as well as dog friendly. Pet friendly doesn’t always mean that cats are welcome, so call ahead and make sure that your cat’s presence will be tolerated.

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February 10, 2013 |

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