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Safely Travel with Your Cat

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By Car

When traveling by car, keep these things in mind:

By Car

When traveling by car, keep these things in mind:

Plan ahead -- make sure the hotels you're staying at allow pets.

Make sure your cat is up to date on vaccinations -- always carry your cat's health certificate and proof of vaccinations.

Use a pet carrier -- an unsecured cat may distract the driver or interfere with operation of the vehicle, hurting itself or other passengers. Choose a carrier that allows your cat to stand up and turn around comfortably, yet doesn't provide too much room for extra movement.

Provide fresh water -- on long trips or warm days it's essential for your cat to have access to water. 

Keep your car's interior comfortable -- when traveling during hot days, don't leave your cat alone in a vehicle, even if the windows are rolled down.

Bring things familiar to your cat -- bring your cat's food, favorite cat treats and blanket.

By Air

Always check your chosen airline's policy on pet travel and find out what carrier sizes it allows. The airline may also require a Veterinary Health Certificate for your pet. If so, you will need to arrange for a visit to the veterinarian before your trip. All international travel requires special Health Certificates, so plan ahead and make arrangements with your veterinarian in advance to allow time for the veterinarian to get the appropriate forms.

Your cat will most likely travel in the cargo hold of the plane, so it's best not to travel in extremely hot or cold weather. Include your name, address and telephone number on the crate in case she gets lost or misplaced in transit. You also should include the name, address and telephone number of your destination.

Note: Some airlines allow small pets to travel with their owners in the passenger cabin, ask your airline if they can make this accommodation for your cat.

Most veterinarians don't recommend tranquilizing pets before air travel, because tranquilized pets can have difficulty regulating their body temperature and blood pressure. In addition, sedated pets can lose their balance, which increases their potential for injury.

Make sure your cat is up to date on vaccinations -- always carry your cat's health certificate and proof of vaccinations.

Do not feed your pet just before traveling due to the potential for an upset stomach during the flight.

Bring things familiar to your cat -- bring your cat's favorite toy or blanket and place in the crate.

Never travel with an ill pet, check with your veterinarian before any car or air travel to determine if your cat is healthy enough to travel.

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