Everything You Need to Know About Traveling with Your Cat

by | Aug 22, 2023

Cats are sensitive creatures and changes in their environment or routine can be stressful for them. That’s why traveling with your feline friend requires some careful planning and preparation. But, with the right preparations, you can travel with your cat comfortably and safely. In this post, we will be sharing some tips and tricks on how to make your next adventure with your feline friend a success.

Preparing for the trip:

The first step in making a successful trip with your cat is to visit your veterinarian. Make sure your cat’s vaccinations are up-to-date and secure a certificate of health if required by your destination. Familiarize your cat with their carrier, so they feel comfortable and secure during the trip. Before the trip, make sure your cat is wearing an identification tag with your contact information, just in case they get lost. You can also consider microchipping your cat for added safety.

Choosing the right carrier:

When choosing a carrier, make sure that it is comfortable, secure, and the right size for your cat. Your cat should be able to move around comfortably and the carrier should have enough ventilation. You can place a familiar blanket or toy inside the carrier to make your cat feel more at home. If you plan to travel by airplane, check with your airline ahead of time about their requirements for cat carriers.

Feeding and watering:

It is important to keep your cat hydrated during the trip. Make sure to carry enough water and food for your cat, and plan for regular meal times, as cats thrive on routine. It’s important not to feed your cat while traveling, as this can cause motion sickness. Also, remember to bring along your cat’s food, bowls, and medication if required.

Making the trip comfortable:

Take breaks throughout the trip to give your cat some time to stretch their legs and use the litter box. Place the carrier in a secure, stable position in your vehicle and never let your cat out of the carrier while the vehicle is in motion. Having a familiar toy or blanket inside the carrier can help your cat feel more comfortable and secure.

Preparing for your destination:

Upon arriving at your destination, make sure your cat’s new environment is safe and secure, and always supervise them until they are comfortable with their new surroundings. Your cat may require some time to adjust to the new environment, so provide a quiet and safe space for them to explore at their own pace.
Traveling with your cat can be a fun and rewarding experience for both you and your feline friend, with the right preparations. By considering your pet’s needs and planning, you can make sure your cat has a safe and comfortable journey. Remember to stay patient and calm throughout the trip, and enjoy your adventures with your furry companion.
Cat sitting in the suitcase


If you have any questions about traveling with your cat, such as vaccinations and health certificates, call us, the only veterinary cat clinic in Kamloops that offers a full list of services to keep your feline friend healthy. We provide consultations, wellness exams, X-rays and imaging, soft tissue surgery, dental care, diagnostics, spaying and neutering services for cats. We love cats, and we know you do too!
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