A Guide to Traveling with Your CatAugust 25, 2022
Traveling with cats can be a challenge for any pet owner, let alone a new cat parent. Wherever you go, your goal is to make traveling with your cat as stress-free as possible. Whether you travel regularly or go on occasional trips, it’s important to know the do’s and don’ts of traveling with cats. Use this guide for how to travel with your cat and you’ll be more than prepared for whenever, wherever life takes you.
Make the Carrier Cozy for Your Cat
Many owners store cat carriers in their basement or garage and only take them out when it's time to go to the vet. This gives cats a negative association with their cat carrier. Instead of doing this, integrate the e cat carrier into your home environment. Show your cat that their carrier is a positive thing that will keep them secure during transportation. Make the carrier cozy with a plush lining or bedding. Even consider putting your signature scent inside the carrier so your cat positively associates it with you. This should help reduce travel anxiety and make it easier to load your kitty into the carrier once it’s time to travel.
Know How to Place an Unwilling Cat into a Carrier
It’s always best to acclimate your cat to their carrier prior to a trip, but that’s not always possible. Here are some tips for putting an antsy, unwilling cat into a carrier:
- Place the carrier in a tiny room with few places to hide. Close the door and bring your cat inside the room.
- Moveslowly and calmly. Do not push your cat into the carrier as this may scare them.
- If your cat refuses to walk into the carrier, gently cradle them and lower theminto the carrier.
- Remove the top half of the carrier as your cat enters the bottom half, and then return the top quietly. Wrapping your cat in a towel may be required to keep their extended legs from getting in the way.
Cover the Carrier During Travel
Cover your cat's carrier with a towel or piece of fabric after they are inside it to keep them from seeing the moving world around them. environment. When moving your cat to and from the car , carry the carrier with both arms as if it were a valuable package. This will make your cat feel safer. Do your best to avoid bumping the carrier against anything as you walk; if you have trouble doing this, practice! This is critical, as the noise and jostling may be distressing for your cat.
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