Holidays are just around the corner and you are eager to enjoy them with your cat. Do not hesitate to do it. It is true that felines are absolutely territorial animals and, any change of environment, causes them stress. Therefore, we offer you these 5 tips so that your stay with your cat is as pleasant as possible.
No doubt about it, cats are great pets. After all, what’s better than going home at the end of a hard day and listening to the purr of satisfaction of an adorable hairball? Having a cat is very beneficial, but it is important to choose it carefully to be sure that you will adapt well to your fluffy friend. Your ideal cat will depend on your lifestyle and your personal preferences. For example, you may want an adult cat to caress in your lap or have a kitten of a special breed in mind.
Studies show that people with pets are usually healthier and happier than those who do not, but remember that having a cat is a great responsibility and a commitment for life. When you are ready to assume this commitment, you will find that having a cat offers advantages
1. Find a perfect place for your cat
Currently, there are a lot of websites aimed at people who decide to travel with their pets. In any of them, they will inform you about the characteristics of the accommodation and the rules that you must respect.
Some cats have a series of acquired behaviors (scratching furniture, curtains, marking territory with urine), which are not always taken into account or assumed by the owners of hotels, hostels or other accommodations. Demand all the information you need to avoid unpleasant surprises.
2. Better safe than sorry
It is convenient to take your pet a few days before the veterinarian to make sure you do not have any health problems that arise during the trip. In addition, in this visit they will be able to inform you of what to do to calm your feline during the journey and during the first hours that he will spend in an environment unknown to him.
There are a series of natural treatments that can “prepare” the cat to be somewhat calmer. These treatments require to be administered time before the trip (a week or two). The use of feline hormones, both before, during and after the trip, is highly recommended, since pheromones make them feel more secure.
Ultimately there are also medications that calm the animal, but these should always be used under veterinary prescription and in the proper dosage.
3. Before and during the journey
For the trip you will need a cat transport, and the characteristics of it will depend on the means of transport. Airplanes and trains usually charge extras for pets, in addition to having an animal limit in the passenger section and specific measures for transporters. It is highly advisable to call the company to learn about these points and avoid unexpected events.
If you go by car, the possibilities are more varied. The transport can be rigid or not, and there are even calmer cats with a specific safety belt for them, because with it they reduce the possible sensation of drowning.
The ideal is to place the transport on the floor, next to the seats, so that it moves as little as possible and never, never, NEVER leave them loose in the car.
If the trip is very long, it is convenient to make a stop every so often. Administering water with a syringe is recommended. You must avoid feeding (they can vomit), or remove it from the carrier (a scared cat can become uncontrollable and run away).
The transport can go with the bottom lined with absorbent soaps (in case you urinate or vomit) and, it never hurts, put a toy that smells of your home.
4. We have reached our destination
Once we arrive at the holiday site, we must choose a room (the bathroom can be a good option) and leave your cat’s belongings there, as well as the transport (which can serve as a refuge).
During the first day, we will avoid altering it and we will try to make it calm. So you can gradually get used to the new space. In a few hours, your curiosity will take you out and start exploring the environment.
5. Avoid unnecessary risks
Although we have all the precautions in the world, it is essential to have our microchipped cat with updated data. If the cat escaped from the vacation spot, the chip could make whoever found it return it or at least identify you as the owner.
In Spain there is the REIAC, the Spanish Network for the Identification of Companion Animals, to which 17 autonomous communities belong besides Ceuta and Melilla. The different databases are interconnected through this service, which, in turn, is part of a larger network, Pet max, which gathers information from 33 international databases.
You can also put a necklace on your feline with a plaque, which contains your phone number. This simple solution can save you time and trouble.