Tips for Taking a Road Trip with Your Cat

road trip tips for cats

Who said dogs are the only pet that gets to travel the world? Cats are such a big part of our family, it makes sense that we’d want to take them with us when we travel. There are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the open road with your furry friend.

Weigh the Cons and Pros

Before you start packing, take a minute to think if it’s best that your cat accompanies you or if you should call the cat sitter instead. Some cats will be too stressed to enjoy the change of scenery and will be happier at home. If your cat does not often leave the house, then take short drives with it at first to see how it reacts in the car.

Get a Professional Opinion

Schedule a time to see your vet before you start your drive. Your vet will determine if your pet is healthy enough to travel, and can provide prescriptions if you’re concerned about anxiety or motion sickness. Consider bringing a copy of your cat’s medical and shot records with you in case of emergency.

Pets are Welcome

Book pet-friendly accommodations. If a hotel doesn’t know that a pet is staying with you, a maid or other person could accidentally let your cat out while you are away. While there are several hotels that are cat-friendly, if you are booking nontraditional lodgings or staying with a friend, it’s a good idea to double check their pet policies.

road trip tips for cats

Safety First

Cats are curious creatures who like to roam. That’s why when you’re driving, it’s safest for you, the cat, and other drivers that your cat remains in a well-ventilated, roomy crate. Keep the crate out of direct sunlight for long periods of time to avoid overheating, and stock the crate with a blanket, bed, or a few favorite toys to make it extra homey.

The Whole Kit and Kaboodle

Your cat will be happiest if you bring along a few reminders of home. Depending on the trip’s length, you may want to bring a litter box and litter that your cat can use at pit stops. You will definitely want to bring the litter that you usually use at home, and consider purchasing disposable litter trays. Other items to consider bringing:
Water and water bowl
Regular food and food bowl
Medications
Blanket or cat bed
Favorite toys and treats
Grooming supplies

A trip is going to be even more special if you have your favorite feline along. Follow these tips to make sure that both of you have a great experience.