Pet owners are often in dilemma regarding their pets when they go
for a vacation. Most owners don’t like leaving their pets behind.
But they know that traveling with a pet and traveling with a
person are completely different things. If you are one such
traveler, then here are 5 tips that will make your traveling
Identification is must ID cards and documents
are important and in your pet’s case, ID tags. Before leaving
the house, make sure that the Id tag on your pet has important
information like name, address, and phone number. Some tags are
also fitted with microchips for better identification. Also,
carry multiple copies of your pet’s photo in case he gets lost.
Pack plenty of food and water Pack plenty of
food and water for your pet when you’re traveling because you
never know whether you’ll be able to make frequent stops or
not. And you also don’t know whether there will be an
availability of pet stores on the way. If you are traveling
during the summer, then pack foods that are rich in fat or that
have added fish oils. Make sure your pets are hydrated because
dehydration often causes strokes in animals.
Keep them cool during summers During summers
animals are prone to heatstroke in the same way that humans
are. If the car gets heated up too much, you can pull over to a
place that provides shade. It takes time for dogs and cats to
Make pit stops at pet-friendly places One of
the challenges that you will face when you’re traveling with
pets is that unlike you, your pets won’t be allowed everywhere.
So, before leaving the house, make a list of all the places
that allow pets to stay with their owners. If you’re heading
over to your family or friends' place, make sure they know you
are bringing a pet with you. If you’re traveling by air, go
through the guidelines for owners who travel with pets. Also,
avoid extreme weather changes if you can.
Learn first-aid techniques for pets You never
know what situation you might end up in when you’re traveling.
One of the most useful things you can learn while traveling
with pets is first-aid techniques. Keep a small kit for your
pet if you can. Also, carry your vets' phone numbers in case an
How do you teach your cat to travel with you?
For frequent travelers, their cats may travel more than
themselves. It is not uncommon for airline staff to joke that a
cat accumulates more frequent flyer miles than its human master.
Kitties who travel often are different than other cats who travel
only a few times in their lifetime or none at all. These cats do
not create a scene when they are being placed inside a carrier
bag. Travel-worn kitties do not make a sound. Some are so silent
that the traveler sitting beside you will not even know you have
a kitty companion.
If you want your cat to travel with you, it follows that the cat
must be a healthy animal. When you two are at home, the apartment
must be a comfortable place to live in for both of you. Only if
your cat is a content animal then it will travel nicely with you
sans any angry meows and clawing.
You love your cat but do not expect everyone to do so. The
problem is that such people may actually handle your lovable
kitty. One good subject is TSA personnel. They along with other
security staff could open up your cat's incredibly comfortable
carrier bag. They may hold the cat in their hands and pass the
animal through the metal detector. For your cat, the experience
could be a traumatic one, with new people and strange machines
everywhere. For your kitty, an airport is a terrifying place.
Experience is needed
If you frequently take commercial flights, it is important you
acquaint your kitty with transport transit points. To do this,
board public transport like buses and trains with your kitty. The
experience will help it to comprehend that a trip away from the
house may not necessarily be visiting the veterinarian. Do not
keep the carrier box locked at all times. The door should be open
so that your kitty has a choice of whether to go out or stay in.
It is a good idea to microchip your cat so that it can be
identified as your property if it gets lost or misplaced.
Get your cat vaccinated and carry the proof with you whenever and
wherever you two travel. Your travel kit must also contain a
harness, collar complete with ID, and at least one cozy blanket.
There must also be a portable food or water bowl along with a
rolled-up bag for carrying the litter. Do check into pet-friendly
hotels only. Do remember that even if your cat is a seasoned
traveler, there are times it will be anxious. It is your job to
calm it down and make it happy.
Traveling with pets is a fun and enjoyable experience. However,
it can be a nightmare if you don’t take measures to protect them.
Carry food and water and protect them from the heat. Choose
pet-friendly places to stay and learn first-aid techniques that
might come in handy.