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If you are planning to go on vacation and you have decided to bring your beloved cat with you there are a number of things that you need to bear in mind before you go on this venture.

It is essential that you make the proper preparations before you go on vacation to make it much easier. Ensure that you get all the necessary equipment (cat bed, cat carrier, kitty litter box) as well as the correct portions of water and food for the trip. Also ensure that is you are going to be camping or staying in a hotel that you make the necessary arrangements beforehand. You have to first find out if they accommodate pets and if they are allowed on the campsites or in the rooms. If you are going to be staying with family or friends ensure your pet gets along with any pets they may have.

Another essential consideration is the type of cat carrier that you will use. Often when cats are in a new environment they tend to be a bit on edge and can even be a bit aggressive. If they have an area that they can retreat to they will be much more comfortable in the long run. You can put a blanket or towel from home in the carrier to make the space more comfortable and carry their favorite cat bed for them to use when you get to your destination. Of course one thing that you must not forget is that you must check that all your cats’ vaccinations are up to date and that they are wearing the appropriate tags bearing their name and owner contact number in the event that they stray.

If you are going to be flying with your pet ensure that the flight is not a long one. Opt for a nonstop flight if you can as that is less stressful on the animal. Also ensure that the travel crate or cat carrier has just enough room so that they are able to lie down and turn around. Just in case they have an accident, cover the bottom of the crate with a pee pad, newspaper or put a towel in it. If possible let them fly on an empty stomach. Also ensure that the crate is labeled properly for identification purposes.

If you are driving to your location bear in mind that cats can get car sick so do some test drives before you go on the long trip just to see how they fare.  Carry them in the crate or cat carrier that you would be using for the trip so that they can get used to it and be totally comfortable by the time you ready to go. Other things that you will need for the vacation with you and your pet are disposable kitty litter box and a cat first aid kit.

Whatever you do this summer, having the necessary tools for your traveling with your cat, will ensure you and your family have an enjoyable and safe vacation.

© Maryann Piccini 2012

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