Tips on Taking a Cat on a Road Trip
Six Things You Should Know When Taking a Cat on a Road Trip
Taking a cat on a road trip can be a great experience if you prepare properly and understand your animal’s limitations. Today we will focus on traveling with a cat in a car and what you need to consider before leaving.
First, you will want to contact the state veterinarian’s office. There are rules and regulations for each state. You will need to find out if there are requirements or restrictions for every state you will drive through.
Pet experts recommend you stop every two hours for your cat to stretch, especially during the day. At night, most cats can go longer periods without stopping. When you do stop, make sure your cat is leashed. If you don’t have your cat chipped, it’s a good idea to do that before you leave on your journey.
Make sure your cat’s bedding is comfortable in the carrier and the carrier is secured. Like kids, when traveling with a cat, give him toys to keep him occupied.
Never leave your cat alone in the car even if you crack the windows. Remember, on a 80 degree day the interior of a parked car can reach up to 105 degrees within only 10 minutes.
When taking a cat on a road trip, it’s best to chart your course before you leave. Determine how many hours your cat can handle in a car carrier. Even if you make frequent stops to let your cat stretch, it is still hard for him to stay in a car as long as humans can so take this into consideration when planning your trip. Have your hotels reserved in advance if possible. Pet Hotels of America has more than 25,000 pet-friendly hotels to choose from so make sure you take care of this before heading out.
Once you reach your destination, have fun. Cat’s love vacations too!