Do your holiday plans include traveling with your cat? With some advanced planning and care, your cat can have a happy and healthy road trip with you this holiday season.
- Vaccines and Health Certificates. Don’t wait until the last minute to get up to date on your cat’s vaccines and health certificate. If you are flying or traveling across a border, your travel may require a health certificate signed by a veterinarian. Each state/country/airline may require specific vaccines and/or documentation and can have different timelines for completion. If you wait until the last minute to find out what you need, you might miss a deadline.
Carrier. Your cat’s carrier truly can become their favorite resting place. And what better way to travel than in your own bed! Start ASAP. Find a carrier that you want to be a part of daily life and a fixture in your home décor. Add some cozy bedding and put it in your cat’s favorite part of the house 24/7. Once a day put a small amount of dry/freeze dried food or treats in the carrier. Give your cat a chance to discover and enjoy these on his/her own. On the day of your next planned journey, all you will need to do is place some treats inside, wait for your cat to jump in, and you’ll be on your way.
- Find a vet where you are going. As part of your trip preparations, do a little research on local veterinarians. Find the name, phone number, and address of a veterinarian and a 24-hour emergency vet clinic near your vacation spot, just in case.