This cat has a good carrier for short
journeys: however, if you are travelling a long way, you may need to provide a larger carrier so that the cat will be able
to stretch as well as sleep on the journey.
Some people like to take their cats on holiday with them, though
there may be restrictions on the movement of animals, especially from one country to another, which will obviously make this
impossible in some case. It is therefore always worth checking on all the regulations beforehand. Its no use finding out when
you're already on your journey, as you would have no option but to turn back and your holiday would be ruined.
Holidays pose a problem for many cat
owners, who either have to make arrangements with a neighbour to come in and feed the cat or send it to a cattery. Faced with
this choice, there are many owners who prefer to take their animals on holiday with them. If you are tempted to do this, the
first thing to do is to check that there are no restrictions on the movement of animals that would affect you, especially
if you are going abroad, as this will abviously make it an impractical solution. The transport you are using may also affect
your decision: for example if you are flying, there may be restrictions on pets; on trains and boats you may have to bring
your cat in a particular type of carroer, if you are travelling by car arrangements will be simple. Most cats don't take kindly
to having their routine changed and if you can't find someone to feed the cat at home it is a moot point whether it would
prefer to spend a holiday caged in a cattery or travelling with its owners.
A large, wire cage will provide a good
home for your cat when you travel. Provide a blanket in the base so that it is comfortable.
If you decide to take your cat on holiday, this requires forethought
and planing. It is not a simple undertaking but it is feasible. You should, first of all, make sure that your cat will be
welcome at the other end, be this a hotel, a holiday cottage or caravan site. You will need a travelling carrier and some
sort of cage, preferably collapsible, large enough to hold its bedding, its feeding bowls and a litter tray.
Exercising your cat
Cats should not be allowed
to wander free while you
(and they) are on holiday, in
case they get lost, and should
therefore be kept in some
sort of cage unless someone
is there to watch over them.
Cats should wear an
identification tag on their
collar for easy reference, in
case they do get lost, in
which case it should then be
possible for the person who
finds the cat to contact the
owner. A cat which will
accept a harness and lead can
be exercised: choose
somewhere quiet and
peaceful where they will not
easily be startled, and
preferably where there are
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