3 Tips For Travel With Cats
A house without a cat is not a home, but if you want to take your little slice of home on the road with you, you have to be smart about it. Here are three tips for better travel with cats.
Cat Travel Tip #1: Plan Ahead
Before you embark, make sure you know what you're getting into. Some hotels allow cats and some don't. Some will charge pet fees and some won't. Policies vary, so if in doubt, call ahead and ask. Here are a few popular hotel chains that allow pets and don't charge extra fees:
- Motel 6
- La Quinta Inns and Suites
- Red Roof Inn
Cat Travel Tip #2: Familiarity Breeds Contentment
Cats are notoriously slow to acclimate to new places. Ease the transition by letting your cat out in a smaller space (like the bathroom) first. Leave the carrier out with the door open so the cat can retreat there if he needs to, and remember that travel time is not a good time to switch up toys, food bowls, and litter boxes. Make the hotel room as much like home as possible, and your cat will be happier.
Cat Travel Tip #3: Safety First
You have to hope for the best, but plan for the worst. Make sure your cat is wearing her tags with your contact information, in case she gets lost. Have your cat's medical records on hand in case the hotel wants to see them or you need to make an unexpected "trip within a trip" to the vet.
Just follow these three principles and you and your feline companion should travel fine together.