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Most people with pets identify themselves as either a dog person or a cat person. Without a doubt, I’m a cat person. My hubby and I have taken in several rescue kitties over the years. We’ve kept a couple, and the rest we’ve domesticated and given to friends or family who want them. It’s no secret that cats don’t like riding in the car and taking them on trips can be a challenge. Today I’m sharing tips on how to travel with your cat.
Meet Bella … our newest rescue kitty who is such a little sweetheart. Her pink and black cat carrier for traveling matches her fur and collar. She’s enjoying SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ cat food.
Here she is shortly after we found her outside. There are a few feral cats in the neighborhood; we’ve caught a few and taken them to the vet to be spayed or neutered. Then we release them back outside. They’re too old to domesticate. Bella was one of their offspring. We try to catch any kittens early on so that we can acclimate them to humans and give them to good homes. We decided to keep Bella for our own.
Here’s Bella at the window looking nervous while I’m getting her kitty items ready for a trip. I don’t know how cats know something is up, but they always do.
I love these single-serve portions of SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS cat food. They’re the perfect size for a meal when traveling and ensures your cat doesn’t over-eat. Bella loves chewing on the savory Meaty Tender Sticks with Chicken, too. Chewing on them tends to calm her nerves.
I found SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ and Meaty Tender Sticks with Chicken in the cat food aisle at Walmart.
I also pack a few favorite toys, a cat brush (because cats shed more when they get nervous), and kitty wipes for easy clean-up if needed.
Look how content Bella is now after eating her special treat. Although she was a feral kitten when we found her, she’s learned to trust us and is quite loving and friendly.
It’s best if you can find someone to take care of your kitty while you’re gone. But sometimes you have to take your cat with you. Here are some of my favorite tips on how to travel with your cat:
1. Put your kitty in a cat carrier when traveling by car. It will help her feel more secure. Secure the carrier with a seat belt, if you can.
2. Be sure to take your cat out of the carrier for exercise or to go to the bathroom every 4-6 hours. When the car is parked, you can let her out of the carrier to roam around the car.
3. If you take your kitty out of the car, make sure she has identification and that she’s on a harness under your control.
4. Don’t overfeed your cat when traveling. The last thing you want in the car is a sick cat. Ideally, you shouldn’t feed her in the morning before driving. Feed her after you’re done driving for the day.
5. If you plan to stay at a hotel, call ahead to make sure they let cats stay in the room.
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What are some of your favorite tips to help when traveling with your cat?