Important Things To Consider Before Traveling With Cats

When you’re making plans for your next trip with your cat don’t forget to consider their needs and schedules before booking. Cats circadian rhythms and small sizes are advantages for their human owners when it comes to traveling. By taking advantage of their natural tenancies beforehand you will already make your next trip more enjoyable for you both.

Go At The Right Times

Cats are nocturnal animals and are most active and alert at night, dawn, and dusk. You’ll want to schedule (as best you can) your trips to be in the morning and middle of the afternoon when your cat is likely to be tired. While they’re in this ‘resting’ mode they won’t be as prone to fidgeting and will probably sleep for most of the time during these hours. (Especially if you get them used to it!)

Find The Right Transportation

Use the best options you have to traveling with your cat. A car isn’t the only way to travel by land and if you’re concerned about the welfare of your pet consider getting a sleeper car on a train so you can let your cat out to stretch their legs. Many trains will let you bring small pets along, just make sure you check all of the rules beforehand.

You can also consider using an airline just for animals. Learn more about Pet Airways: the basics.

Play With Them

Depending on the age of your cat you can spend a good amount of time with a laser pointer, Star Chaser, or mouse cat toys on a string to wear your cat out right before your next trip. Just like it is for a dog, the more tired your cat is the less energy they’ll have when they’re in their carrier. That lack of energy will put them in a resting mood and make them want to sleep in their carrier along the way.

That way you can focus your energy on everything else you need to do when traveling so you and your cat are well rested to enjoy your destination.

sleeping cat close up cat on a train

[photos by: cassandrajowett, emdeen, Dr.Hermmert]

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

natasa May 11, 2010 at 06:44

Nice, I’m going to try this next time I need to “move” my cat!


Anil P. May 15, 2010 at 13:56

Good luck and let me know how it goes!


maha August 9, 2010 at 16:05

i want to take my 4month old cat with me in aroad trip,what should ido if he needs to use his litter box .


Anil P. August 10, 2010 at 08:01

How long is the road trip, will he/she be in a carrier, and are you going by car or truck?


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