Sometimes, minor things keep us from thinking we can take the next step. If you’ve considered travel nursing but have a cat and are concerned about taking them with you, there are ways to make the transition safe and comfortable for everyone. Cats don’t’ always travel well, but with some preparation, they can come with you. Here are tips to get you started.
Know Your Cat
Not all cats are good at traveling. Not all cats will be bad at traveling, either. It comes down to your specific cat’s personality. Go for a couple of test drives if you don’t have experience. Make sure they are secure, and drive around your town to see how your cat reacts. While your cat might not be up to becoming an adventurer, you can determine how well it will work to travel to a new place and stay put for a while.
Invest in a Good Carrier
The safety of your cat on the road is paramount. Make sure you invest in a suitable carrier that can be secured in an emergency. There are countless carriers to choose from. Some people recommend hard-sided carriers as they can withstand accidents. Others like soft-sided carriers that can be secured with a seatbelt. Your cat may also prefer one more than the other, so see what they like best. Don’t skimp on this step, as it can make all the difference.
Visit Your Vet
Before you take Fluffy on the road, be sure to visit your vet. You want to ensure that your cat is in top condition and there aren’t any underlying problems that could make travel more difficult. You can also check that they are up to date on their vaccines and get them microchipped if they aren’t already. Your vet may also prescribe an anxiety medication to help keep them calm on the road.
When you’re planning your trip, be sure to schedule breaks for your cat. You want a safe way to let them out of the carrier every few hours to use the litter box, eat, or drink if necessary. Never let them out of the carrier when the car doors are open. Use treats to help you get them back into their carrier when you’re ready to get back on the road.
Integrate them Slowly
Some cats tolerate change very well and happily live wherever their humans are. Others, not so much. It’s okay if they hide in your new apartment for a few days; that’s natural. Just stay calm, sit in the same room with them as often as possible, make sure they have access to food and water, and let them adjust on their own schedule.
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