Traveling with Your Cat

When in a new place, curious cats like to roam and explore.  More than likely your kitty doesn’t respond to voice commands, such as “sit” or “stay.”  For this reason and many others, it is almost impossible, (not to mention extremely dangerous!) to allow your cat to roam around your car while traveling.  But, don’t fret.  There are many transportation options for your feline friend.  Each option provides comfort and protection for your cat.  It’s up to you to decide what will work best for you and your kitty.

Never let you cat ride in your car without being secured in some way.  Even if you kitty is well-behaved or willing to sit still for long periods of time, there is no reason for you to put you, your cat’s, or another driver’s life in danger.  If there is a passenger in the car, then do not let him or her hold the cat.  If you had to slam on your breaks at the last minute, then you want your kitty to stay in place and your passenger to remain cat-scratch free.  Take care of your kitty just like you take care of your children!

Next time you are at the veterinarian, pick up a cardboard carrier.  Although these are not ideal for long trips, they are perfect for quick trips to and from the vet’s office.  They are inexpensive, reusable, easy to dispose of and come in a variety of sizes.  Because of their fragility, they are often better suited for kittens.  Older cats with claws can find ways to destroy the cardboard, so don’t assume that your cat will be content just sitting there.

Soft carriers are another option when transporting your cat.  They are made of plastic with mesh sides.  The mesh sides offer more breathing and sight-seeing room for your kitty.  The door to the carrier zips and the bottom is usually padded.  If the bottom is not padded, then it’s easy to add your own padding to make your cat comfortable.  Soft carriers are comparable to the size of gym bags and have easy carry handles.  Seat belts can fasten through the handles.

If you’re going on a long trip and want more protection for your kitty, then you may want to consider a hard carrier.  Hard carriers are made of high-impact plastic, rendering them durable, reusable, and extremely easy to clean.  There are breathing holes all around the spacious carriers.  The tops of the carriers have small storage containers made especially for treats and leashes.  A seatbelt hook is also affixed to the top of the carrier.  To make your cat comfortable while traveling, add a blanket, towel, or padding to the bottom of the carrier.  If you are using an airline to transport your cat, then hard carriers are necessary.  Each airline has its own rules and regulations regarding pet travel, but all require that the pets are transported in hard carriers.

No matter which type of carrier you choose, the safety and comfort of your cat should be most important.  You can find a company that makes the right size and style for you and your kitty.  You can find designer carriers to match your personality, or climate-controlled carriers to keep your cat happy.  The costs of carriers vary depending on the make, model, and special features.  Cardboard carriers can be purchased for less than $7.  Basic hard carriers start around $15 and can cost up to $80.  Soft carriers cost anywhere from $25 to $150; although the higher-priced carriers are normally designer carriers.

When traveling with your cat, never allow her to roam freely around your vehicle.  This can be dangerous for the driver, the passengers (including the feline), and other drivers sharing the road.  Consider purchasing a travel carrier to transport your cat.  You have three basic options when choosing a carrier:  cardboard, soft, or hard.  Cardboard carriers are inexpensive and can be easily thrown away.  Soft carriers resemble gym bags, while hard carriers provide extra protection for your cat.  When traveling, make sure that the carrier is securely fastened, so that your cat doesn’t slide around the seat.  Shop around before making any decisions, and find a carrier that works best for both of you.

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