Boarding a pet or hiring a pet sitter while you go on an extended vacation is always expensive. One way to save money is to take your cat with you on vacation. Traveling with your cat on a pets vacation can be enjoyable if you plan ahead for any eventuality. The most important things to have done before you pack you pet up for a trip is seeing the veterinarian for a checkup, purchasing a secure pet carrier, gathering up your pets favorite things, packing an emergency kit and having food and water in travel containers.
A trip to the veterinarian is necessary for your pet because he or she can tell you if your pet is fit for a pets vacation trip. Older cats may have health concerns that would keep them from traveling. Pets that aren't used to traveling may be under a lot of stress, especially if they are flying and aren't used to it. Even a cat packed in a car can become upset and howl for the entire trip. If your cat is in good health but just isn't happy about traveling your vet may be able to give them a mild sedative for the trip. This can help if your cat will yowl for a seven-hour drive to visit relatives. Younger pets that haven't traveled before may experience less stress and be more curious about the adventure.
A pet carrier is an important part of planning for any pets vacation trip. If you are traveling on an airplane or cruise ship you will need a carrier that meets their shipping specifications. Call the cargo department of an airline, cruise ship or speak with a travel agent to find out what size the carrier needs to be for them to handle your pet. When flying or going on a cat cruise you will also need to provide food and water containers for the pet handling agents. Special instructions need to be attached to the carrier especially if they include instructions about any medications a cat traveling may need should they become separated from you during your journey.
When planning to fly with a pet arrange for flying with the fewest stopovers as possible. It is also important to remember to fly during hot months in the early morning or late evening so that your pet won't spend a lot of time on the runway, which can cause the cargo bay to become heated as well. A pet carrier is also needed when you travel in your car. The carrier should be fastened in with a seatbelt as well. An upset cat can tear a car apart as well as pose a driving hazard. Your cat should have a collar with identification on it in case you are in an accident.
When planning a trip be sure to pack your pet's favorite toys and bedding. These things will make your pet feel comfortable and less stressed out. Pets are like humans and they like to have familiar objects around them, even when they travel.
A pet emergency kit should also be packed for your pet. An emergency kit for your pets vacation should include at least two servings of food, a secure container of water, any medications that your pet needs, an extra collar and leash and anything else that your pet would be at a loss without.
Taking your pet on a vacation isn't any more difficult than packing for yourself or a child. A pets vacation needs aren't much different than our own. Just remember to provide them with good health care, secure housing, food and water and they will be happy when they reach their destination with you.