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How to Travel With a Cat Safely


Donna Kennedy, Owner/Author

Hi, my feline-loving friends! I hope you all are having a wonderful week so far. As we are coming into the vacation season I decided to do a post on How to Travel With a Cat Safely.

I know as a pet owner myself I really don’t like boarding my furbaby while I am gone on vacation. I like to know that he’s being taken care of and besides I don’t like being away from him that long. Boarding can also, be very expensive!

As general rule cats don’t like to travel because they like being away from their own territory that they are familiar with.

Like the big cats in the wild, domesticated cats will mark their territory so that the local cats know whos ground they are walking on. This is how they protect what is theirs.

Cats don’t like to be removed from their familiar surroundings and get very skittish and nervous when removed. I know this first hand because my husband and I got a grown cat for our children because this young lady was going away to college and couldn’t take the kitty with her.

Upon meeting the cat he was very friendly and loving with us, but honey when we brought that cat home with us he lost his ever loving mind!! That poor furbaby was so scared that he would growl and hiss at us then run and hide.

Needless to say, we ended up having to take him back to her because he was so scared. She had got him when he was only 8 weeks old. She had told us if it didn’t work out to bring him back, so that’s what we did.

Now I am going to give you some information that will keep both you and kitty safe and happy while traveling. I will also tell you how to keep kitty fed, hydrated and take care of your furbabies potty needs.

FYI: Check with your hotel or motel and make sure it is pet-friendly.

FYI: One of the first things you need to purchase is a name tag for your furbaby and make sure it is easy to read!! So many pets end up in shelters because they cannot be identified. Microchipping is another great way to identify your pet.

Kitty Carrier Needed for Travel

How to Travel With a Cat Safely Car Seat

Crash Tested Cat Carrier

Let’s take a look at some different types of cat carriers that you will need and find very useful during your travels with your furbaby.

“Why does my cat need to be in a carrier when traveling?” you may be asking yourself, well it’s for you and your furbaby’s protection.

The last thing you need is your furbaby going nuts while you are trying to drive! Remember cats are not too thrilled about the prospect of traveling in the first place, so they need to be in a space to feel safe.

One of the first things I would suggest is getting a good cat carrier that will meet both of your needs. I would highly suggest one that has been crash tested for the safety of your pet but of course, this is up to you.

This type of cat carrier will also act as a car seat that can be secured by way of the seat belt to ensure the safety of your pet. This type of carrier is also safe for air travel as well.

These carriers can come in different styles such as:

  • Crash tested that acts as a car seat (usually works best with a pet under 16 pounds)
  • Soft-sided portable carriers w/Fleece bed
  • Hard plastic 2-door w/Top Load
  • Hard Collapsible Carrier
  • Soft pet carriers on wheels
  • Soft/Hard cat backpack carriers

Not to worry, as you can see I have given you 6 different kinds of carriers to choose from. So, it should be easy to pick one that best suits you and your cat(s) needs for safe travels. This is How to Travel With a Cat Safely!

For more details on the different kitty carriers <<Go Here>>

Other Supplies for Kitty

How to Travel With a Cat Safely Luggage

Handy Pet Luggage

When traveling you will also need a food and water bowl. My favorite bowls are the ones that are collapsible. They are so easy to pack and unpack and made with durable silicone that is easy to clean. These little bowls come in a variety of colors as well.

You will also need to pack your kitties food, snacks, and toys. Now if you don’t want a bunch of different bags to have to try and pack, check out this handy little travel bag for your kitty. (It says dog travel luggage, but can be used for cats too) 🚗

With this little jewel, it comes with collapsible bowls, placemats and storage bowls for food and snacks. Check it out <<Here>>


Feeding Kitty/Potty Breaks

I would hold off on feeding your cat while traveling due to motion sickness, but plan on making stops ever 2-3 hours for potty breaks (offer your cat the litter box) and offer water.


How to Travel With a Cat Safely Using A Portable Cat Litter Box

Portable Cat Litter Box

I would keep the same feeding schedule that you have at home to keep things as close to normal as you can. Take some time to play with your cat and have some cuddle time before leaving.

Did you know that you can purchase a portable kitty litter box? Find more information <<here>>

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Other Supplies You Will Need

First Aid Kit For Pet's Is Part Of How to Travel With a Cat Safely

First Aid for Cats

If you don’t already have a leash and harness for your kitty PLEASE get one because you will need it. If you do not have a leash and harness for your kitty go <<Here>> for tips on leash training your furbaby.😊

It would be a good idea to get a first aid kit to have on hand for unexpected injuries that don’t necessarily require a trip to the Vet’s office. Make sure to get a copy of your cat’s medical history just in case of an injury that would require a trip to the veterinarian’s office.

These supplies are essential so that you can have a better understanding of How to Travel With a Cat Safely.

Also, most important of all NEVER LEAVE YOUR PETS IN A CAR UNATTENDED!!!!! The heat inside of a car can rise very fast if left in the sun and this WILL set your furbaby up for a life-threatening HEAT STROKE that requires emergency treatment. 

Symptoms of a Heat Stroke Are:

  • Panting
  • Fast breathing 
  • Drooling
  • Sweaty paws
  • Lethargy
  • Bright red gums
  • Collapse
  • Fever 

Sadly most pets DO NOT recover from a heat stroke 😥

So, just take extra precautions with your furbaby and have a wonderful vacation no matter where you venture off too!

My Final Thoughts

I hope you all have enjoyed my post on How to Travel With a Cat Safely and have walked away with a better understanding of how to make this all come together so that you can have a fun and enjoyable vacation with your furbaby.

Just remember to get a safe crate for your kitty, your furbabies food and snacks, water/food bowls, first aid kit, kitty’s medical information, litter box, leash, and harness and your cats favorite toys.

I appreciate you stopping by to read my post and I hope you enjoyed the information. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at and I will get back in touch with you within  24 hours.

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FYI:  For your convenience here’s a link for Pet-Friendly Motels/Hotels <<Click Here>>


See ya again real soon,

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