By Ursula Uranie

December 6, 2023


You’re going on a road trip or traveling by plane and want to go with your dog or cat? 

Read our ways to keep people and pets safe during travel and know more about some pet travel safety tips. 

Traveling can be highly stressful, both for you and your pets, and to make sure you enjoy your journey we have prepared for you some tips to travel with your animal.

Remember, no matter where you’re headed or how you plan to get there, make sure your pet is microchipped for identification, wears a collar and tag imprinted with your name, phone number, and any relevant contact information. It’s a good idea for your pet’s collar to also include a temporary travel tag with your cell phone and destination phone number for the duration of your trip.

Before traveling, always go see your veterinarian at least 10 days before your trip for a health check-up. Also, keep in mind some countries require some health certificate, you can see all the requirements needed, especially if you have an exotic cat, on the website of the government of the country where you headed. 


Traveling by plane? 

– Purchase an airline-approved crate. Make sure it is secure and spacious. The crate should be large enough for your pet to stand, sit and turn around comfortably. Put some towels, shredded papers, or pads to avoid an accident. Ask the airline the right measures if you’re not sure, they’ll be happy to help. 

– Book a flight as you can, the earlier the better. Why? Because not every flight accepts animals. You want to make sure you can travel with your cat or your dog, and in the cabin with you if possible. 

– Bring a can or kibbles in closed bags. Make sure the bags and cans are sealed, not opened, and with the brand visible. Why? If not labeled, they won’t be allowed. Make sure the labels are still on the bags. 

– Bring your own bottle of water.

Taking a road trip? 

– Prep your pet for a long trip. Get your pet geared up by taking him on a series of short drives first, gradually lengthening time spent in the car 

– Don’t let your animal walk in the car while driving to avoid distractions and stay focused on the road! 

– Prepare a travel kit (food, water towels, toys, poop scoops). You can prepare the extra treats and toys and keep them fresh in a belt bag or a tote bag to get more stuff in it! 

– Take frequent breaks so that you can feed your fur companion and also give him a chance to go to the toilet. 

Taking a ship? 

Can you take cats on a cruise? Most of them do not accept animals We recommend you to contact your cruise line in advance to find out its policies and which of its ships have kennel facilities. Keep in mind that cats are routine animals and traveling on a boat can be stressful. You can train your cat by taking him on a short trip by canoe. 

You got it, patience, love, and safety are keys to making your journey with your fur baby the best you have ever had! Always see the requirements in a new country, see your vet and ask for the health certificate, updates vaccinations, microchips. Prepare a travel kit. And be patient with your cat. If you know you want to travel with him, train him months before to make it easier for both of you! 

If you found those tips useful, share them with your friends!
We also loved these two articles which give you other tips : SPCA and Center for Pet Safety.

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