Summer = warm, sunny, sea. But how do pet owners? The question that everyone asks with the arrival of the holidays is whether it is better to go with their four-legged friend or provide alternative accommodation.
This blog about cats has shared with us some facts are some useful tips from for traveling with cats, so that the trip is a great experience for them too.
The Ministry of Health provides that cats and dogs moving within the country do not need rabies vaccination, but airlines or shipping companies may request it. An anti-rabies vaccination is required one month before departure for foreign countries. It is therefore advisable to enquire in good time about the health regulations required according to the country you decide to visit. Also, if you want to rest during your holiday, take your four-legged friend to the vet before departure to check on his health. If your cat is taking medication, be sure to take it with you on your trip in the appropriate amount.
2) Traveling abroad
In foreign countries, in addition to vaccinations, specific documents may also be required. Pets traveling within the European Union must be in possession of a valid EU passport, with the details of the animal and the owner. (these procedures are a bit long, it is better to organize yourself in time!)
When traveling with your cat, always use a suitable carrier. It must be large enough to give comfort to your cat in whatever position she decides to stand, sit or lie down. The carrier must also provide its guest with proper ventilation. It is also advisable to get your cat used to using the carrier at home, so that the departure does not represent an unwelcome novelty. For example, it might be useful when you are at home to put toys in the carrier and leave the door open, so that the cat gets used to entering and leaving freely without any problems.
4) Car sickness
What if the cat has a car sickness? If you didn’t already know, ginger is a medicinal plant widely used in veterinary medicine, especially to fight car sickness in cats (and also in dogs), to prevent vomiting, to prevent the state of restlessness associated with nausea and as a regulator of the gastro-enteric tract.
Stopping a few times during a car trip is important to allow your cat to do her business and feed and quench her thirst with a little peace of mind. Especially in summer it is even more important to allow your cat to breathe fresh air and not feel locked up and abandoned in the car. The stop will also be a perfect time for pampering.
A peculiarity of feline behavior is territoriality, for this reason they tend to mark their own territory. Moving around risks disorienting it. One solution could be to place a blanket or a towel familiar to them on the seat of the car where the carrier will rest, so that the known object helps him to feel at home. It is also advisable to get your cat used to traveling by starting with a few short trips before embarking on a long journey.
7) Positive reinforcement
Positive reinforcement can be a useful technique to help cats get used to traveling by car or other means of transport. After encouraging the cat to enter the carrier, feeding it and waiting a few minutes before leaving will ensure that the cat will associate the journey with a pleasant moment.