Considerations When Traveling With Cats

As cat owners know, cats do not like to travel. Cats who do not like change in general do not like changing environments at all. They also experience serious stress while traveling and always want to feel safe. This can only happen in the home environment for cats. Cats can make the trip an ordeal even if you just take them to the vet , while traveling out of town with them can be a complete disaster. For this, the first thing you need to do is to consult your veterinarian before you travel. Do not follow your veterinarian’s advice and give him drugs or products that will make him sleep without the veterinarian’s control and permission.

It is best not to take your cat with you on your travels, except in cases of necessity. But if you have to and you have the opportunity to travel by private vehicle, your choice should be with the car . Thus, you can take a break when you need it and take care of your cat comfortably.

The best choice other than a private vehicle is trains. Trains are both quieter and wider and airier than buses and planes. It also shakes much less than the car. Airplanes are cats’ nightmares. Even if you take your cat with you in the cabin, the pressure change scares them. You may also have difficulty passing through crowded checkpoints while boarding the plane. In our country, pets are not allowed on buses.

Whatever vehicle you use, it’s good to know how to relax you and your cat when traveling with cats.

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What to Do While Traveling With Cats?

  • If you are going to take your cat on a long journey, you can start with short distance trips and try to get him used to travel. Thus, he knows that he will return home at the end of the journey and his stress is reduced.
  • No matter which way you travel by car, plane or train, never take your cat out of its carrier bag or basket during the journey. This can cause him to get scared and run away. Make sure that the carrying area is wide and that your cat can move freely.
  • If you have to take your cat out of its carrying bag (it can be requested at airports), use a cat collar that wraps around its waist and chest and do not let the cat off your lap.
  • If you are traveling by car, let air in, but do not open the windows completely. This may scare your cat.
  • Ensure that your cat is not exposed to heat or cold in the vehicle.
  • Cats are sensitive animals to your emotions. If you are calm, their stress will decrease a bit.
  • Touch your cat while traveling and try to calm him down by speaking in a soft voice.
  • If your cat has not calmed down after long minutes, do not go after him and leave him alone
  • A blanket or soft toy on which you will place in the house that you will place in the carrying bag can calm your cat. Another way to make your cat feel safe is to put a piece of clothing that you wear all the time, with your scent, in the cat’s carrying case.
  • Another method to distract cats while traveling is to take their favorite toy with you. If this method doesn’t work, don’t worry.
  • Cats do not sleep, do not eat and do not meet their toilet needs when under stress. Don’t forget to take food and urine pads with you though. He probably won’t eat food, but you can distract him a little with his favorite wet food.
  • Your cat will not want to drink water until the trip is over. But in very long passengers, his stubbornness can be broken. It would be appropriate to have water with you for him.
  • Cats know how to appeal to your emotions and tell you what they want. Keep in mind that they will meow along the way and be prepared for this.
  • If possible, do not be alone when you set out with your cat, have someone with you to help you.
  • If you are traveling with your private vehicle, make sure that the vehicle is going slowly and does not jolt. Shaking, speed and noise scare cats. 
  • Your cat will tend to hide after the trip, as its new environment will be strange. He may not come out of his hiding place until he feels safe and will most likely not eat or drink water for 24 hours. If you allow it until the stress passes, you will see that it returns to normal.