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Vacationing with Your Cat: A Checklist

Bringing your furry friend along on a trip can add to the excitement. To ensure your cat has all the conveniences of home no matter where you travel, there are a few things you should never leave the house without. 

Vacationing with your cat might need a bit of planning, but if you do your research and are confident that your cat can handle the trip, you should be fine. Creating a cat travel checklist with items to make your fur baby cozy, cheerful, and secure on the road ensures that you enjoy your vacation with your cat even more.

Carrier for Cats

Even on short travels, a cat carrier is the safest method to transport your cat. A pet sling shields your pet from harm and prevents it from being entangled in the car's wheels. An alternative is to use a sturdy plastic carrier for your cat and secure it in the rear seat with a safety harness.

It would help if you turned the container so your cat could see outside. If your cat exhibits anxious behavior, try placing a towel or sheet over the gated door to prevent it from seeing outside. 

Your cat's carrier must be roomy enough to sit up and turn around but not so huge that it may escape. If your car is subjected to an accident or requires unexpected braking, a carrier that is too big might cause serious injury to people near it.

Food, Treats, and Water 

If you're concerned that you won't be able to get your cat's specific brand of food, be sure to stock up on plenty for the duration of your trip. Don't try to save money by switching brands; doing so might lead to your cat getting nausea and vomiting. Additionally, you can buy PETstock cat supplies online and in-store.

It is especially crucial to pack enough of your cat's special food to last the whole trip if your cat is on a prescription diet. Please don't feed your cat while driving, but provide it with food and drink when you stop.

If your cat is used to eating raw, frozen food, you should transition to a freeze-dried raw diet to easily bring it wherever you go. To prepare freeze-dried food, add hot water. There will likely be water available at several points along the route. However, it is still a good idea to pack bottled water or ice cubes to ensure your cat stays hydrated throughout the trip.

A Litter Box and Accessories

The convenience of disposable litter pans makes them ideal for traveling. Still, some cats may prefer you carry their regular litter box and litter with them. Remember to bring some trash bags and a scoop to tidy the litter box.

When traveling with cat litter, plastic shopping bags are ideal for keeping it clean, and huge trash bags are required for getting rid of used disposable litter boxes. It's helpful to have a small broom and dustpan on hand to clean up any messes that may occur in a hotel room or while driving.

Additionally, it would help if you also took litter liners, paper to place under the cat box, stains and smell remover, wipes, and paper towels in case of accidents.

A Cozy Cat Bed

Your hard plastic cat carrier may double as a comfy bed if you don't have room for another piece of furniture in your vehicle. Line the bottom of the carrier with your cat's favorite cushions and blankets, so it feels at home during the trip. 

The normal bedding's comforting aroma will help your cat unwind. In addition, if the carrier allows for it, you may take the top off to offer your extra cat room while you're not on the road.

Cat Toys

When traveling with a cat, carrying all of the cat's toys is optional. Instead, it would help if you stocked up on a few tried-and-true games while introducing fresh options to sustain their attention. Be considerate of those around you and put away any jingling or otherwise distracting toys.

Remember that you must be happy and stress-free for a trip with your cat to go well. Playing with your cat while stopped is also a great way to keep them active. A cat sitting in a carrier all day may act out when it finally gets out. You'll do them a favor by letting your cat run off some steam.

Prescriptions, Medical History, and the Phone Number of Your Vet

Medications for your cat should be brought along in emergencies or delays. Bring a cooler if you have any prescription drugs that need to be refrigerated. In case of an emergency, have the contact information and addresses of nearby and final destination emergency veterinary facilities ready. 

It would help to keep your important documents in one easily accessible folder. Include proof of your pet's good health and immunization status, copies of relevant medical records, your veterinarian's contact details, and confirmation of your pet's inclusion in your travel plans.

Safety Equipment

There should always be a first aid kit on hand, whether purchased from a store or assembled beforehand.

All first-aid kits should have the following items:

  • Gauze
  • Medical tape
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Antimicrobials ointment
  • Tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Towels
  • Sterile saline solution
  • Milk of magnesia
  • Activated charcoal
  • Poison control
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Petroleum jelly
  • Ice and hot packs
  • Eyewash

Collar, Leash, and Harness

If your cat becomes lost, it's a good idea to put an ID tag and a vaccination tag on its collar. Your cat can go for short walks during rest breaks if you equip it with a leash and harness. You should leash-train your cat and double-check the safety of the harness before you leave if you intend to use it.


Vacationing with your cat can certainly be a fun thing and doesn’t have to be a hassle. With this checklist, you can be sure that you and your cat will enjoy every moment of your trip together.


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