Summer Travel Tips for Your Cat

While typically it’s the family dog that gets to go on vacation, cats are getting to travel, too. But whether kitty is going to visit Grandma while the family goes off on a cruise or is actually going along to the vacation destination, the same planning is involved to ensure that the travel arrangements are stress free.

It’s a good idea to have two different carriers – one that is used specifically for trips to the vet and another for the fun stuff. This works if you cat frequently goes places and thus can differentiate between the dreaded vet visit and vacation travel.

If your cat has never traveled before, it’s a really good idea to leave the carrier open and casually lying around the house. This way kitty can sniff it out and possibly climb inside on her own volition.

If you are going on a road trip, your cat may prefer a circular shaped carrier because cats typically like to curl up and sleep ‘ in the round’. However air travel commands an airline carrier approval carrier to fit under the seat. It’s important to ensure the carrier is approved before you head for the airport because otherwise your cat won’t be allowed to board. It’s also a really good idea to make a reservation as airlines only allow a certain number of pets on board each flight.

And while we are still talking about air travel, it’s very important to try and fly direct. The less hops and stops the better for your pet.

Airlines and hotels are going to ask for up to date vaccinations and rabies injections! So be sure that all the necessary documentation is current.

Whether you planning to fly or travel by road, be sure to line the carrier with a puppy pee pad. This will absorb any accidents and keep your fastidiously clean feline dry! Remember to pack extras for any further or return travel.

It’s never a good idea to feed just before travel. However, it’s important to ensure your cat stays hydrated. I like to freeze the water in a bowl so that it can melt on the way and can even be licked in its frozen state.

A SENTRY Calming Collar infused with the same nurturing pheromones mother cats use to soothe their young is another good idea. Be sure to put the collar on your cat at least a week before travel. They last approximately 30 days. The pheromones also come in a spray that can be used in the car or carrier. It smells like lavender and chamomile, so don’t worry, you’ll enjoy it as well. It’s also a good idea to ensure that kitty has her favorite toy in the carrier. Cats, just like dogs, appreciate the smells of a comfort toy.

Fortunately, these days there were wonderful disposable litter boxes that can be used in a vehicle and also at the destination.  And if you are traveling by car, it’s an excellent idea to throw in an old scratching post for your cat to use while away from home and you can discard it at your destination. But ensure there is a new one waiting for her back home.

And finally, your cat is going to unfamiliar territory. Whether she’ll be inside the entire time or in and outdoors, be sure that her flea and tick preventative treatment is up to date. Even indoor cats are at risk of becoming dinner from a flea or tick brought in on your pant leg. A product like Sergeant’s Pronyl OTC will protect her for 30 days.

Bone Voyage!


Editor’s Note: Traveling can be difficult for some pets. Sandy mentions SENTRY Good Behavior Pheromone Technology. Available in collar, spray and diffuser form, these pheromones are clinically proven to reduce or eliminate stress-related behavior such as inappropriate marking, excessive barking or meowing, clawing, chewing and more. For more information about other SENTRY Good Behavior products, visit:

-Photo Credit: From Flickr by TravelTheNortheast


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