Tips for Traveling with Your Cat

Traveling with your cat can make your trip even more fun, but it’s very important to plan ahead. Below are some tips that can help reduce stress on your cat and your family during any kind of road trip.

Make sure your cat’s medical records are up to date
If you’re crossing any state lines, traveling to different countries or flying on an airplane, you’ll need a health certificate for your cat. Before traveling with your cat, it’s important to obtain his or her medical records from your veterinarian to make sure that all information is up to date.

As a Banfield client, you can log in and check MyBanfield to make sure that all information is correct and current. When traveling with a pet, it’s important to cross these items off your list:

  • A copy of your cat’s medical records
  • A copy of your cat’s vaccine records
  • Identification tag and microchipping contact information

Food and water
These seem like obvious items on your packing list, but it’s important to make sure that you bring along a supply of water and the brand of food that your cat is used to. To avoid any accidents during travel, do not feed or water your cat for a few hours before you leave.

Just like humans, your cat will need a break when traveling, so make sure to stop regularly to get out of the car, let your cat relieve itself and provide water.

Preventive and prescribed pet medicines
In addition to normal food and water, you should also make sure to pack any medicine that you give your cat on a regular basis. Your cat should always be protected against parasites and pests that can transmit serious diseases, but depending on your final destination, you might want to take extra precautions against certain risk factors.

You can find more information on parasite risks in specific states at Stateofpethealth.com and by checking with your veterinarian who can recommend the best products.

Don’t forget the carrier
When in the car, your cat should stay in the carrier. A loose cat is very dangerous to you and your pet. You can find tips on getting your cat accommodated to his or her temporary enclosure by reading our guide to getting your cat in a pet carrier.

Prepare your cat for the trip
Training your cat to use a harness and a leash prior to leaving for your trip can help as he or she adjusts to the ride and the new destination. It’s also not a bad idea to take short trips with your cat to get it accustomed to your vehicle’s motion.

Common sense safety
Never leave your cat in a parked car even when it’s slightly warm outside. Temperatures can get dangerously high in a matter of minutes. It’s especially important during hotter travel times to make sure that you are providing your cat with an ample amount of water to drink.

Pet-friendly reservations
For long-distance travel, try to find pet-friendly hotels along your route. Make sure to allow yourself plenty of time to plan ahead and make sure that wherever you are staying will accommodate your cat.