Traveling with a cat isn’t as easy as just putting them in a carrier and everything is said and done. You have to prepare and plan everything out to a certain degree. Otherwise you are going to have a bad time when getting into a travel situation with them since cats are prone to getting nervous when traveling.
Having certain accessories is definitely part of this and can make it much easier. Here are some things that I recommend taking with you when traveling with your cat.
1: Cat Calming Spray
A really nice thing to have while you are on your trip is a cat calming spray or a pheromone spray. These sprays use a synthetic pheromone from mother cats to induce a feeling of calmness and security. Best of all it isn’t drug based and has no side effects. These sprays also can reduce spraying, aggression and overall bad behavior.
The spray that I recommend for travel is “Feliway Travel Spray (Click here for the chewy.com link)“. This is the most notorious pheromone spray you can get and is veterinarian recommended and this is the one that I use myself. These sprays will also last about 4 to 5 hours.
To use it you simply just spray it inside of their carrier it will do its job. It also wouldn’t hurt to spray the inside of your car as well. Keep in mind that it isn’t guaranteed to work with your cat but there is a good chance that it will.
2: Anxiety Jacket
Another great tool to use when traveling with your cat is an anxiety jacket. These pair very well with pheromone sprays because anxiety jackets are a special vest that hugs your cats body and it creates a sense of calmness. It seems like these would be some sort of scam but they work great.
In fact the “ThunderShirt (click here for the chewy.com link)” has an 80% success rate and is why I suggest using one of these if your cat can’t seem to feel relaxed.
3: Portable Litter Box
A normal litter box can be fine in travel situations but if you want something that’s not only reusable, washable and foldable as well a portable litter box would be a good choice to go with. One of my favorites to go with is the “Pet Fit For Life Collapsible Portable Litter Box and Bonus Collapsible Water Bowl (click here for the amazon link)“.
It also comes with a free water/food bowl as well. Id rather have a non spill style but its a nice touch. You can also get the cat carrier bundle here which comes with a load of accessories.
4: Cat Window Perch
These are typically for inside of your home for your cat to sit on but you can actually get ones that are designed for your car as well. You can stick them on the inside of your car window and your cat can sit in it and watch what is going on during the car ride.
The best one you can get is the “K&H Pet Products EZ Mount Kitty Sill Cat Window Perch (click here fro the chewy.com link)“. I would only recommend getting one of these if your cat is already very comfortable with car rides.
5: Cooling Mat
If its summer time or you live in a very hot area of the world a cooling mat can be a very useful thing to have while traveling with your cat. You can easily slip them in their carrier and it helps them cool down during the ride. Best of all they don’t run on electricity and you don’t need to refrigerated them. They simply recharge automatically.
These mats are also non-toxic so you don’t have to worry about your cat getting sick if they happen to break it open (which they will have a hard time doing). The one that I use is the “The Green Pet Shop Self-Cooling Dog Pad (click here for the chewy.com link)” and it works very good for what I need it for.
6: Cat Calming Collar
If you don’t want to mess with sprays you can go the easier route and just use a cat calming collar which gives them the pheromones that way. A good collar to go with is the “Sentry HC Good Behavior Pheromone Cat Calming Collar (click here for the chewy.com link)“. It does a pretty good job at what it does, its scientifically proven to work and its priced very well.
7: Cat Carrier Liners
It always nice to have liners because you never know if your cat might urinate, have a bowel movement or even vomit in their carrier. If you have a liner in their carrier you will have a much easier time cleaning it out.
The ones that I like using are the “DryFur Pet Carrier Insert Pads (click here for the amazon link)“. I’ve used many of them and these are my favorite to use as they work the best.
8: Non Spill Water Bowl
These are really useful when traveling because they can have access to water at all times but you don’t have to worry about it spilling all over the place due to the car moving around. A good choice to go with would be the “Franklin Pet Supply Travel Pet Silicon Bowl (click here for the amazon link)“.
I really like the design of this bowl and it works very well at a very cheap price. I wouldn’t really recommend putting food in this bowl however due to whisker discomfort that the bowl would cause.
If you have a cage style carrier I would get one of those water bottle attachments that sit on the side of the cage like the “Lixit Wide Mouth Small Animal Water Bottle (click here for the chewy.com link)“. These are much easier to use but they don’t work with soft carriers.
9: Odor Blocking Litter
If you are in a small area and you have a litter box along with it the smell can get very bad very quick. That’s why you should have very good odor blocking litter when traveling with your cat especially if its a particularly long trip you are going on.
The best odor blocking litter that I have used is the “Ever Clean Everfresh Unscented Clumping Clay Cat Litter (click here for the chewy.com link)” Out of all the litter that I used this one does the best job and it lasts a long time at that.
10: Cat Carrier
And finally the last thing I recommend that you get for your cat is a really good cat carrier. You can’t really have a smooth trip if your cat isn’t using a decent cat carrier. The carrier that I recommend for long trips is the “Pet Fit For Life Cat Carrier (click here for the amazon link)“. Its fairly large and you can hold a litter box in it as well (which it comes with).
If you want something for a single cat and you aren’t traveling very far very often I would get the “PetEgo Jet Set Forma Frame Carrier with ISOFIX Latch Connection (click here for the amazon link)“. Its CPS verified and is one of the safest cat carriers you can own currently.
As long as you prepare and have all the accessories you need you should have a very smooth ride with your cat.