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Cats, planes and automobiles. Tips on traveling with your best friend.

Cats are notoriously bad travelers. But if you have to bring your feline on the road or into the sky in 2017, there are a few things we think you should know.

Packin’ smart.

The best way to travel with a cat is to think like one. What might Whiskers enjoy, and what will he definitely need? You know the basics: cat carrier, food, water, and toys. But you’ll also want an up-to-date ID tag, health certificates and/or vaccination records, particularly if you’re traveling a great distance or up in the air. Don’t forget your Cat’s Pride Kat Kit for easy clean-up, a portable and 100% disposable recycled plastic tray that comes ready filled with Cat’s Pride premium litter.

Kitty goes vroom!

If you’re taking a road trip with kitty, check out (and then into) a pet-friendly hotel. Some chains are pet-friendly by design, others vary from property to property, so do your research first to avoid surprises. And before you back out of the driveway, make sure to put that extra seatbelt to good use. It only takes a few seconds to secure a cat carrier, and you both will ride safely!

When cats fly.

Some airlines allow cats in the main cabin, while others only in the cargo hold. If you’re planning on flying, make sure the requirements for your airline meet your and your cat’s high expectations, and comply with federal regulations. Flying could be stressful, so make sure your kitty’s carrier is comfortable, and bring a familiar blanket to help block lights and sounds.

Before you finalize your travel plans, make sure to consult with your veterinarian, especially if your little friend is on medications, recovering from surgery, or if you have any concerns about your trip, whatsoever. Happy trails!