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How to Travel with a Cat

Most cats are more comfortable being homebodies than world travelers. If you find it necessary to take your cat on a trip, the following guidelines will point you in the right direction.


  • Step 1: Purchase a cat carrier Use a cat carrier, and get your cat used to spending time in it by taking it on short road trips several weeks before your trip.
  • TIP: Be sure to use a U.S. Department of Agriculture-approved cat carrier for air travel. Consult your airline about size requirements.
  • Step 2: Equip the carrier Equip the carrier with a bed and with a litter box and cat litter.
  • Step 3: Feed the cat before the trip Feed the cat several hours before leaving, but make sure there is plenty of food and water available in the carrier. Bring the cat's usual food on the trip.
  • TIP: Talk to your veterinarian about medication to prevent your cat from experiencing motion sickness during the trip.
  • Step 4: Use an identification tag Place identification on the carrier, including your destination and telephone number.
  • FACT: Did you know? Cats were first domesticated about 4,000 years ago in Egypt.

You Will Need

  • Cat carrier
  • Cat bed
  • Litter box and litter
  • Cat food
  • Water
  • Identification tag
  • Optional: Medication

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