Traveling with a feline buddy can require a lot of things to be taken into consideration well before in hand to avoid mess and confusion at the last moment. Along with many other things that you might slip out on, a few mistakes that have secured their way to the top of the list and need to be avoided at all costs are discussed below.
So, the next time you travel with your cat, apart from the attention that your animal requires, you will have fewer things to sweat out on.
Not restraining the cat while you pack
You need to be attentive even before you start your travel, and the first step comes while packing your luggage. With a pet mulling over your clothes and other items that are essential for the journey, it can be challenging to concentrate. The animal going all over the place can create confusion and mess.
Moreover, cats tend to hide inside boxes, and in that case, you dear pet might end up in a shipping box. To avoid these case scenarios, you need to make sure that your cat is restrained safely in a room away from where you’re packing.
Taking the carrier out just before starting
Felines are brilliant creatures who hate visiting the vet. Bringing out the cat carrier last minute might scare them away, and the animal might end up hiding under the couch, causing a delay in your travel.
What you can do to avoid these circumstances is to leave the carrier out a few weeks before the travel to allow the animal to get accustomed to the smell and ambiance. Once the carrier is left open in the house, the cat is sure to go in and out of the box like he’d for a new shoe rack. That makes it easier for the pet to keep calm during the travel.
Not updating your cat’s ID
A common possibility during the travel is that you leave the car door open while you take a detour by the highway. Your cat might get alarmed in such a situation and can also attempt to run away.
This is precisely why you need to update the collar ID of your animal with your current contact details and also the microchip if any, to make sure that you can locate them in a situation of crisis.
Not booking the cattery for the pet
Traveling can come with a lot of side-ons, which is enough to cause you stress. While at the same time if you’re traveling with a pet, the responsibilities double in no time.
In that case, you can book your cat into a cattery and rest assured. This will ensure that the animal is safe for the night or preferably for the duration of your travels and give you a little less to worry about. You can now be a bit relaxed while you take your detour because your pet buddy is safe and well taken care of.
Running short of cat-needs while traveling
A lot of things need to be remembered by heart while traveling with cats, while one of the essentials to never run out of supplies. Traveling can cause nervousness and dehydration in the animal or can as well spook them off. This causes them to be uneasy and agitated and generates a tendency in them to escape.
You need to ensure that the cat carrier is comfortable and equipped with a travel-friendly pet bowl. Keep your cat hydrated and try to comfort and distract them with their favorite treats such as catnips frequently.
Not giving the animal enough time to adjust
Traveling is as hectic or even more for your pet as it is for you. It is only natural that your cat will be irritated for most parts of the travel. Their entire schedule is disturbed during the travel and post travel, causing them to be either too uneasy or too quiet. Both of which is equally worrisome for you, as the pet owner.
However, you need to ensure that you take frequent detours to give them sufficient breaks. You might also need to comfort your buddy with head and belly rubs to make sure they’re not scared.