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Are you planning on taking a holiday or trip with your feline friend? Then there are a few essential items you’ll need to consider investing in to make your journey a safe and enjoyable one.
Travelling with a kitty isn’t always an easy task, and if you have one that loves travelling, then your adventurous furiend is a bit of an exception.
Some cats take to travelling like a duck to water, whereas others just aren’t fond of being uprooted from their usual territory, which we think is fair enough. However, with a bit of training and patience your kitty can become a great travel companion and learn to love exploring the globe. If you do intend to travel with your cat, it’s best to train them leaving enough time before your first journey. You’ll need to consider if your cat is used to the car, the travel crate or carrier, you'll need to consider lead training and getting used to unfamiliar surroundings. There really is a lot to consider when you travel with your cat.
Have you got all of the essential items you'll need to make the trip safe and fun for your kitty?
A Car Safety Clip
Imagine you're driving with your kitty in their carrier, but the journey is long and you know they'd love to stretch their legs. You can't just let your cat loose in the car while you're driving. It's unsafe and risky business.
That's why if you'll be travelling by car with your fur-baby, we recommend investing in a car safety clip. These are super handy and they allow your kitty to see the outside world as you road trip your way to your next destination, while being kept safely in one place. They'll still need to be supervised by your passenger, of course.
Never let your cat run loose in the car while driving.
The clip end attaches to your kitties harness and the other end clips in to the seat belt buckle like a normal belt would. It's a safe way to allow your kitty to watch the world go by:
A Cat Travel Harness
When you travel with your cat, a well fitted harness and leash is important.
When walking or travelling with your cat it is generally not advised to attach a leash directly to your kitties collar, the risk of choking is much higher in cats due to their small and fragile necks.
A quality harness not only allows you to keep your cat safe but can also help towards keeping them calm.
There are many harnesses on the market, but many kitty owners report a lack of suitable harnesses especially made for cats, so in lots of cases a puppy one is used.
When choosing a harness you'll need to make sure you order the correct size for your cat and decide if you need an all round vest type or if a strap harness would be better. In hotter climates, the strap harnesses are more appropriate as they allow for more air.
Cat Travel Water And Food Bowl
Remember when you last travelled with your cat?
You had to lug around those chunky food and water bowls, everywhere you went.
You don't want to be taking up precious space with food and water bowls when you travel this time and to be honest, in this day and age you shouldn't have to. More and more pet product companies are now starting to adjust their product lines to cater for the pet travel community, and we're seeing more and more stylish, modern and fashionable food and water pet travel bowls popping up all of the time.
Although we'd all love to be seen with the latest popular pet travel gadgets, we can't forget to think about our kitties wellbeing while shopping. As far as water bowls are concerned, our feline friends can be very picky and when we travel with them we risk their water intake becoming less and less if conditions aren't right for them.
Cat's are fussy creatures, right?
When choosing a travel water bowl you'll need to make sure it is wide enough so that your cats whiskers aren't touching the sides when they drink. Cats hate it if their whiskers touch the sides, so getting this wrong could be the reason your cat isn't drinking.
Although the newest compact cat travel water bowl might look good, it may not be the most practical for your cat so always do your research and buy according to your cats needs.
Cat Travel Litter Trays
If you are travelling with an indoor cat, the chances are they aren't used to toileting outside. You'll need to invest in some travel litter trays unless you want to be dragging around their usual bulky one.
Travel litter trays usually come in multi-packs as they are disposable, best used for hotel trips and car journeys.
It's always a good idea to stick to the same cat litter that you would normally use at home though, as any sudden changes could send your kitty urinating elsewhere in a huff. Definitely not what you need when travelling!
Cat Travel Carrier
How are you gong to transport your travel companion when it's not suitable for them to walk?
You'll need a cat carrier!
When buying a carrier, consider your cats size and whether they'll do well in a hard shell carrier or a fabric one.
Some carriers have more space for your cat to see out of, so you'll need to consider if this is important for your own cat or if they'd do better travelling enclosed until you reach your destination. Every cat is different but as with the travel water bowl, choose practicality over fashion and decide which design is best for your cat.
Natural Stress Relief
No matter how well travelled your kitty is, new experiences will always carry a certain level of stress for them. You can help them through by providing natural stress relief in the form of tablets, spray or plug in diffusers.
Zylkene Capsules are one of the most popular forms of natural stress relief for pets because they're made of all natural ingredients, are great value for money and in our opinion, they actually work.
Feliway is also very popular with pet travellers. It's a synthetic pheromone designed to calm pets own during stressful times. Feliway comes in the form of a plug in diffuser or a handy travel spray.
Do you have your own list of travel essentials for when you travel with your kitty? Share it in the comments!