dog-in-suitcaseI’ve received such good feedback on our Pet Blog, it’s amazing. What is interesting to me is that people are as concerned about traveling with pets as they are, dare I say, traveling with kids. But that’s not off-base to me nor would it be off-base to true animal lovers.

We know in our heart of hearts that these little creatures have the same emotions and anxieties as we do and it’s our job to make sure we alleviate all stressful situations to keep them at ease. Oh, would it not be delightful if the rest of the world would do that for us. But alas and alack, it is not so and as we continue to sauté that fresh chicken liver for little Isabella The Dog and Kerry The Kitty, we hope there is just enough for one full glass of wine for us at the end of our jam-packed, stress-filled, anxiety-ridden day.

Tips for Traveling with Pets

However, in my feedback, I received a lot of tips from people who have traveled with their canine and feline companions and I think I’ll start there. I don’t know if you know it or not, but cats are very prone to motion sickness, i.e., lots of cat vomit in the car as we head to the North Woods for our forest and pine tree-filled week-end of rest and relaxation, not to mention some great fishing!

But keeping little Cutie Cat comfortable can be a challenge. It seems that “image motion” is the culprit to their ookee stomach and folks have found that if you put a blanket or bed on the floor in the backseat, they are comfortable and don’t get sick. It’s watching the images flashing by out the window that disturbs their equilibrium and creates nausea. Pretty clever, huh? It actually is the same kind of motion sickness that we get and it can be pretty uncomfortable, let me tell you.

And one last thing. No matter where you go if you travel by auto, Cutie also seems to travel better at night, cats being a nocturnal type anyway. Mmm, reminds me of my younger years as the Nocturnal Nancy of the Night People.   Ah, as my eight year old nephew would say, in the “olden days.” Anyhoo, back to our subject matter. I think animals do have an easier time of it when traveling at night, but especially cats.

Traveling Litter Box

dog_and_catBut here’s a really “special” issue. Most dogs, when traveling by car, will be able to give you some sort of signal when it’s time for them to go potty. Cats, not so much, as you know. Being fully independent and beholden to no one, they will go when they want and where they want.  

So, this brings us to the traveling litter box. Yes, as horrid as the thought may be, always, always, always make sure you have a traveling litter box in your vehicle. Just as at home, your cat will always know exactly where it is from the first time you show them. This will keep accidents from happening inside your vehicle that you may never notice until the hot summer sun begins to bake the interior of your auto and the “aroma” that accompanies “cat stuff.”   Trust me, it ain’t pretty. You may have to crack a window or two occasionally as you mosey on down the road, but a few seconds is better than a whole car interior filled with that feline after-stench that lasts forever.

Saftey Tips for Traveling with Pets

And most importantly, when you travel by auto, never, ever leave your pet locked in your car alone. A friend of mine said there is nothing more heartbreaking and inhumane than to see vehicles in parking lots with pets locked inside, no matter what the temp and even with windows cracked.

Temperatures aside, there’s always that proverbial “pet lover” who would love to have your pet and breaking a window to get in there is not an issue with them. Keep your pets with you at all times. If you can’t, then don’t consider taking them with you. They are little beings that just want to be loved and cared for.

Collars, harnesses and leashes are paramount in auto travel. There is nothing worse than a pup or kitty that runs off into the wilderness at a rest stop and you have to continue to make time down the road because you are best man or maid of honor at your sister’s wedding and there is no time to delay. Ergo, the possibility of having to leave your pet behind?!? Never happen in this family. Sis would have to do her thing without me and me and my trusty State Militia would be out searching for Babykins. So, leash that baby, no matter what!

Bye for now and real sloppy puppy smooches and kitty licks to all!

And remember, just say Arf!