Your cat’s car trip needs plenty of prep. Be sure you have food and water, stainless steel dishes, toys, leashes, harnesses, and collars. Also, have towels and cleaner for your car in case your cat gets motion sickness.
Speaking of sickness, you will want to visit your vet before a road trip and ask for advice on medications that may help either a nauseous cat or a hyperactive one. Keep kitty in a crate while driving so there is no chance of an active cat distracting you into a highway accident. Learn more about crate travel here.
If planes and automobiles aren’t going to work for you and your cat companion, consider taking a train. Amtrak offers a number of pet-friendly routes and reasonable rules for pet conduct on board.Tip: Ask your vet for an ID tag in case your cat gets lost, held up in an airport hub, or stuck somewhere without you. A vet can even microchip your animal for a small fee.
Not all pet-friendly hotels are cat-friendly hotels. Many only accept dogs. At least fourteen hotel chains do welcome cats. Consider booking with one of these.
Tip: Before you let your cat out of her carrier, examine the hotel room for pet hazards like windows that are ajar or small spaces in which she could get stuck.
Don’t forget the basics, too. You’ll want to soak a sponge in water and put it in the carrier with your animal so she can get a drink without spillage. Remember to tuck in a security blanket such as a favorite toy or something that smells like a beloved family member.
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