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    Traveling with Your Cat

    Traveling with Your Cat

    Every adventure requires a first step. Trite, but true, even here. ~Cheshire Cat in Alice in Wonderland

    Recent changes in the travel and leisure industry in both America and Europe have seen doors opening and the welcome mat being put out for pets. And this travel invitation is definitely being extended to cats too. Consequently, it's easier than ever before to travel with a cat. Currently, the American travel industry does not monitor information about peripatetic felines. However, according to the 2013–2014 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, the number of felines who travel annually with their owners has doubled from 3 percent to 6 percent since 2012. In numbers, that's approximately 5.7 million felines. Only 1 percent of feline travelers go on plane trips. According to the survey, of those felines who travel with their pet parents, an average of six trips are taken by the family cat via other means of transport in a twelve-month period. Furthermore, people with two or more cats are more likely to travel with their felines than if they have only one cat. Both airline and hotel staff around the country concur that the number of furry feline travelers is definitely on the increase.

    Ensuring Pet Identification

    Yes, I have said this before, but it bears repeating, especially when you are about to take your cat away from home. Making sure that your cat can be identified if you are separated is critical. Apart from having a microchip implanted, a cat leaving its home environment should be wearing a collar with a tag or disc engraved with current contact information, including you name and your telephone number. Some tags allow you to add your city and state, too. If you travel often, it's a good idea to also enroll your pet in a pet recovery program and ensure that the animal has that relevant disc on her collar, too. Should your pet go missing, these services offer twenty-four-hour help by notifying shelters in the area the cat was last seen to aid with a faster recovery. This can be useful if something occurs during a road trip. If you are planning to make lots of stopovers during a journey, it's an excellent idea to add to the collar a small lightweight paper tag purchased at a stationery store that carries the address and local-contact phone number for each destination/stop on your itinerary. Yes, paper tags can be scratched off the collar, but it's worth trying to keep them intact.

    As a side note, although there are GPS systems that will help you track your cat efficiently to where she is in real time, currently, the units that fit onto a cat collar are bulky and, because they get warm, could be uncomfortable if worn permanently. I am sure that as the technology improves, these issues will be addressed, so it's worth monitoring what becomes available.

    Some cats really enjoy traveling and will be ready to go at any time.

    Radiograph showing an identifying microchip implanted near the shoulder.

    Buying Travel Gear

    Now, on to what you need to outfit yourself and your cat for the trip. As part of this new cat-friendly travel policy, the pet industry continues to focus on designing and manufacturing a fabulous array of pet travel accessories that make it more comfortable for cats to be away from home. On the following pages, you will find a summary of some of the main items you'll need for both plane travel and road trips.

    Carriers

    Most cats associate carriers with trips to the vet. Therefore, it's an excellent idea to purchase a special carrier for vacationing, so that it can be associated with good times and fun stuff. The selection of carriers on the market is large, so choices need to be governed first by whether you are planning to travel by airline or by car. Next, you will also want to add certain items such as a soft pad and your cat's favorite blanket or toy. Make sure, no matter how you're traveling, that the carrier is properly labeled with your home address as well as information about your intended destination. If you are staying at different places en route, update information as you go using paper tags for labels.

    The Airways or the Highway

    Currently, most of the major airline carriers in the United States allow cats to travel in-cabin in a well-ventilated soft-sided carrier that will fit comfortably under the seat. The airline industry is trying to standardize carrier specifications to ensure that a carrier can be used on a variety of airlines. However, size specifications still differ from airline to airline so it's best to check before booking a flight. Fortunately, all the major carriers have extensive pet information listed on their websites. Veterinarians agree that cats are less stressed when they travel in-cabin with their family. However, for international air travel, aviation regulations insist that they travel in a specially ventilated cargo hold situated under the front section of the plane. The carrier requirements for this form of travel insist on a hard-cased carrier made from a sturdy plastic or wood frame with plenty of ventilation. The animal must be able to stand up and turn around inside. Once again, up-to-date information can be found on individual airline websites. It's very important to ensure that the crate locks securely, too.

    For road trips, both the rectangular soft-sided and hard-cased options for air travel can be used. Basically, it comes down to what you consider most comfortable for your cat during a long car ride. However, because cats usually enjoy napping curled up in a round sleeping position, the latest circular-shaped carriers, such as the Sleepypod, are the most conducive shape to meet this feline need. The added advantage is that the top section of the carrier unzips and can be completely removed, converting it into a comfy bed for use at your destination. Furthermore, the designs have additional optional straps that allow them to be secured with a vehicle's seatbelts for added safety. As with children, it's important that carriers be placed in the backseat area of a vehicle. If the carrier is not restrained with seatbelts, it should be placed on the floor section of the rear passenger section where it has the least chance of being thrown around should the driver suddenly apply the brakes.

    Choose the type of carrier that is suited to how you want to travel.

    The GOB Program

    In the past, travelers with cats have been turned away by airlines because their pet's carrier hasn't met airline safety requirements. In an effort to standardize pet travel bags, the Sherpa Pet Group, the originator of the pet in-cabin carrier bag, has teamed up with major American air lines to introduce the Guaranteed on Board (GOB) Program. This is a free insurance plan that guarantees cats traveling in-cabin will never be refused to fly because the carrier doesn't meet standard airline regulations. Travelers need to check the carrier requirements for their airline before purchasing a bag and subsequently register the bag at www.FlyGOB.com. Members are issued with documentation to show airport officials that will guarantee them on board. However, should a situation arise that prevents them boarding a particular flight because airline officials question the carrier for some reason, travelers are guaranteed full reimbursement of the cost their air ticket and their pet's travel expenses, too. An up-to-date list of participating airlines can be found at www.FlyGOB.com.

    Cat Beds and Pee Pads

    Whether you are traveling by air or land, if you don't have a carrier that converts into a bed, consider taking along a soft throw, a pet sleeping bag that resembles a rolled-up mattress, or purchase a simple cat cocoon that will be easy to pack. Don't forget to leave it lying around the house well before the road trip to give your cat the opportunity to discover it and become familiar with it.Most carriers come with a nice soft cushion. If not, be sure to purchase one. In addition, it's an excellent idea to cover the cushion with a puppy pee pad to absorb any accidents that may occur en route. These pads, like diapers, are designed to absorb the liquid and leave the top layer dry for the pet's comfort. Always make sure you travel with a stock to replace used ones.

    Harness and Leash

    If you plan to travel regularly with your cat, you will need a harness and leash for her. As discussed in the previous chapter, it’s a good idea to get her used to wearing them from kittenhood or at least as far enough ahead of time as you can. This will make it much easier to make travel stops to give your pet some exercise and possibly a potty break. These days, many airports around the country have specially allocated pet potty areas; cats are welcome if they don’t mind sharing with dogs.Numerous harnesses are made specifically for cats. Be sure to choose a design that fastens on the back. Cats don’t like to be strapped in with closures that fasten at their tummy area, unless it closes with strong Velcro, which is easier to work than buckles and straps. Soft padded or mesh harnesses that fit across the shoulders are the most comfortable for feline wearers, and you stand less chance of a cat being able to wiggle out of them. As explained in the previous chapter, to get your cat used to wearing a harness, put it on for short periods around the house. Then add the leash. It takes time for a cat to get used to the idea of actually walking with you in this manner, so it’s important to start such training well in advance of any travel plans. During a road trip, it’s a good idea to leave the harness on so that you only have to clip on the leash when necessary. Bear in mind that even when your cat is wearing a harness, she should be wearing her collar, with all its necessary identification.

    Be sure to bring a portable kitty bed, so your feline will have a nice spot to sleep in your hotel room.

    It's essential you bring your kitty's leash and harness so she can get out and enjoy the sights with you.

    Disposable Litter Boxes

    There is an excellent selection of disposable litter boxes that fold shut when not in use. Be sure to purchase one for a road trip and additional ones should you be staying at a hotel that doesn't supply them. Remember to call ahead to check with the hotel about what it does and doesn't supply. If your cat is fussy about the type of litter she uses, add some of her favorite brand. If necessary, give her a disposable box at home to try out ahead of time so she will be familiar with it before the journey.

    Food and Water

    It's never a good idea to feed a pet before a flight or a road trip. However, it's essential to take along her favorite food.

    Food and water:

    Wet food options come in small packages and cans that are good for travel. Be sure to place dry food in tightly sealed plastic containers. Many airtight containers have screw-on tops that convert into food bowls, and these are ideal for travel. Whether you're travelling by plane or car, it's a good idea to freeze water in a small plastic container so that your pet can lick it en route. Be sure to pack the lid to prevent it spilling when the ice melts. Of course, if you're traveling by plane with your cat in the cabin, you can take a collapsible bowl and ask the airline staff for ice during the journey.

    Bowls:

    A selection of special travel bowls with disposable plastic liners are available that make an excellent option for cats, particularly if you are serving wet food. They are hygienic and there's no additional washing up required. Alternatively, you can use disposable food storage containers that you find in any grocery store. There's also a wonderful selection of collapsible travel bowls made from a variety of materials such as silicone and waterproof nylon, as well as water systems that have lids that, once removed, convert into drinking bowls.

    Toys for the Outing

    Cats are homebodies by nature so taking along some favorite toys will help your cat settle into a strange environment. Something with catnip will no doubt be popular. Lasers will kick-start games in a new environment. If you are traveling by car, it's also a good idea to put an older cat scratcher in the trunk, which you can toss if necessary before heading home again.

    Medication

    If your cat is taking prescription medications, place each item separately in a plastic bag and keep them all in a small waterproof bag cooled with ice packs. Don't forget to pack pill pockets and syringes for liquid medications. As with your own medicines, it's important that you travel with copies of any prescriptions for your cat. Some airlines and hotels require a vaccination certificate for local travel. Check directly with the airline or hotel because this information often is not on websites. However, you will definitely need such documentation for international travel, along with a passport for your pet.

    Getting Ready to Fly

    Your cat's carrier is going to be her home away from home during a vacation (this is also true for a road trip). So it's a good idea to purchase a carrier well in advance and leave it lying around your house for feline inspection. Some cats will happily climb inside and go to sleep.Because felines are such intuitive creatures, they can sense when an excursion is about to happen. Prior to your actual departure, be sure to lock your cat up in a room that you can easily retrieve her from, such as a bathroom. Avoid bedrooms because cats are notorious for hiding under the bed just out of reach.At an airport security checkpoint, carriers have to go through electronic screening. Never take your cat out of her carrier while in line; if you do so, you will have to carry her through the X-ray detection machine and this may spook her. By law, you may request a private screening in an enclosed room, which will ensure your cat's safety at all times. This is the time to be assertive, and don't let any official tell you otherwise!Here are other steps to take ahead of time for safe air travel, including international travel.

    An Airline Reservation

    It's important to check that your airline does fly pets. For both local and international travel, it's imperative to make a reservation as much ahead of time as possible because airlines can restrict the number of pets per flight. When flying with a cat, book the most direct route. If you are changing planes and possibly flying another airline, you must check that the other airline is pet-friendly, too.Many airlines have temperature restrictions, especially if the cat is flying in the hold. If it is above 85 degrees (29.5°C), airlines have the right to refuse to board a pet. If it's less than 45 degrees, the airline will request a letter of acclimation from a veterinarian stating that the pet can withstand the colder temperatures. It's also essential that you and your pet are booked on the same flight so you can personally monitor the situation. After all, weather changes daily. Temperature restrictions are particularly important for traveling with short-nosed (brachycephalic) breeds such as Persians.

    A Passport for Your Cat

    Undoubtedly, the most famous international feline traveler was a curmudgeonly Scottish Fold named Norton who, together with his owner author Peter Gethers, traveled the world and caused hilarious chaos wherever he went. (See the sidebar titled "A Most Well-Traveled Feline.")Planning an international trip with pets is like planning to travel with small children-details, details, details! Although the quarantine laws between the United States, Britain, and Europe have been removed, there's still a lot of paperwork to be done before your pet can fly. Quarantine laws still apply in many countries around the world, such as Australia. The website http://www.dogfriendly.com has excellent up-to-date information relating to travel requirements for both dogs and cats.The British Pet Travel Schemes (PETS) allows pets to travel freely from the United States (including Hawaii) to England and European Union countries. There's a standard procedure to follow to apply for a passport for a furry traveler. In Europe, pets are issued a document that resembles a person's passport, including a photograph inside. In the United States, by contrast, a pet receives a paper certificate; but let's hope that American pets will also be able to acquire authentic-looking documentation in the not-too-distant future. The PETS scheme is currently still operational, but it regularly comes up for review. So, for an up-to-date status check when you are planning to travel, check their website at http://www.defra.gov.uk.

    Pet Passport Documentation Checklist

    Health certificates have to be dated no more than ten days prior to your date of departure to ensure that your cat is free of parasites and generally healthy to travel. Many countries have a specific form they require to be filled in. You will need to check with the consulate in question. If not, you can use the International Health Certificate USDAAPHIS 7001 form available from your veterinarian. Your pet has to be microchipped with an International Standards Organization (ISO)- readable chip since tattoos and other forms of identification such as standard ID tags are no longer accepted as official identification. Cats also have to be vaccinated against rabies. Even if you have vaccinated your pet in the past twelve months, it will have to be done again. Your veterinarian will need to provide documentation showing the vaccination worked, so there is a twenty-one-day delay from the date of the shot. It's a good idea to vaccinate at the same time as you get the microchip implanted, and make sure your veterinarian includes all the following information on the paperwork:

    • Your pet's date of birth and age written out in full
    • The microchip number, date of insertion, and location of the microchip on the animal
    • The date of rabies vaccination
    • The vaccine product name and the batch number
    • The date booster vaccinations are due (this is calculated by reference to the vaccine manufacturer's data sheet)

    If you are traveling to Britain, your cat is required to be treated against ticks and tapeworm between twenty-four and forty-eight hours before departing. This preparation can only be done by a veterinarian accredited by the US Department of Agriculture- most veterinarians are accredited, but be sure to check. The documentation then has to be sent to your state veterinarian for final approval. The fee is nominal and varies from state to state. Furthermore, some countries require all the information to be translated into the official language of the country you're visiting, so, once again, be sure to check with the relevant consulate office.

    It's wise-and likely required-to have your cat get a health check and new vaccinations before she travels internationally.

    Airport Pet Potty Areas

    A Department of Transportation regulation initially designed for service animals requires airlines to ensure the presence of pet relief areas that all pets-not only service animals-can use. In most cases, the arrangements have been left to airlines to work out directly with individual airports. PetFriendly.com has a list of airports with pet toilet areas already in place. It's also a good idea to check directly with the airports you are planning to transfer through. Although dogs mainly utilize them, they are not species-specific and cats are very welcome.Alaska Airlines also has a list on their website that represents 95 destinations throughout the United States, Mexico, and parts of Canada that are served by the airline and its partner Horizon Air, http://www.alaskaair.com/as/www2/help/faqs/Animal-Relief-Areas.aspx.

    To Tranquilize or Not to Tranquilize

    The most common tranquilizer used for airline travel is acepromazine (Atravet, PromAce). Others, including diazepam (Valium), are often used. Significant tranquilization usually lasts about two to three hours, and then a gradual recovery occurs over the next two to three hours. The problem is that flights from the United States to Europe can be ten hours long, and across the country five hours or more. This means that medication can wear off in the air and leave the pet very confused. And that's without taking delays into consideration. In many cases, the pet's general state of health and age also must be taken into account, so it's very important to have a discussion with your veterinarian on this subject. It is a very controversial topic. Consequently, many veterinarians are suggesting spraying the carrier before take-off with stress-reducing spray such as Feliway and adding a few drops of a holistic remedy called Rescue Remedy to the water bowl before freezing it. In this way, the pet can lick the ice as it melts and stay calm throughout the journey. This advice also applies to road travel. There are also special collars infused with natural calming ingredients, such as chamomile, which will help relieve travel anxiety. The efficacy of such a collar lasts a month, and it should be worn in conjunction with a regular collar that carriers your cat's ID tags.An antistress garment called a ThunderShirt is now also available for cats. It works on the same idea as swaddling a baby: it wraps around the cat's body and makes her feel more secure and less anxious in unfamiliar surroundings and circumstances.

    Tranquilizing a cat for travel is a controversial topic. Discuss the pros and cons with your veterinarian.

    A Most Well-Traveled Feline

    The adventures of the Scottish Fold Norton and his human, Peter Gethers, are told in three best-selling books by Gethers: The Cat Who Went to Paris, A Cat Abroad, and The Cat Who'll Live Forever. This well-traveled cat flew back and forth across the Atlantic, from New York to Paris, on the now defunct Concorde and visited many other places in Europe, too. He drank milk at a café on the streets of Paris and charmed the hotel staff at the ritzy Tremoille Hotel. He nearly caused a riot in Italy over his penchant for sardines and, while traveling in the States, grabbed paparazzi attention away from Sir Anthony Hopkins, outshining him at a movie premiere in the Hamptons. He was also regularly fêted in Beverly Hills with a special pizza at Spago made by celebrity owner-chef Wolfgang Puck. He even made canine friends at the dog run in New York's Washington Square Park, proving himself a true ambassador for felines everywhere. Through it all, Norton's and Gethers' unique relationship came to define the ultimate human–feline bond.

    Frequent Flyer Programs for Pets

    Many pet-friendly airlines are now offering frequent flyer programs as an incentive to encourage pet travel. Some programs allow pets to redeem miles toward a free trip for themselves; others allow those points to accrue to the cat owner's frequent flyer account. Other airlines hand out gifts such as grooming certificates and designer bowls when pets reach a certain milestone. These travel programs keep changing, so it's a good idea to ask your airline of choice whether they have such a scheme, and, if so, to take advantage of it.

    Relocating with Your Pet

    Relocating, whether it's to another state or another country, takes a lot of careful planning. And paperwork! If you are unsure about the travel arrangements for your cat, it's a good idea to call in a pet-relocation specialist, who, for a nominal fee, will be able to organize everything on your behalf. They are experts in this field and will have answers to all your questions. From personal experience, it's definitely worth working with a pet-relocation specialist because you can rest assured that they will cover all bases. If you are relocating to Europe and would prefer not to fly your cat in the cargo hold of an airline, there is a viable, albeit expensive alternative: although cruise ships in general don't allow pets on board, Cunard's flagship, the Queen Mary 2, does. This ship crosses the Atlantic between New York and Southampton, England. It has a state-of-the-art pet boarding facility on board with round-the-clock attention. Passengers aren't allowed to take cats to their cabins, but they can visit their pets in their quarters on the pet deck instead.

    Checking into a Hotel or Staying Elsewhere

    There is no shortage of pet-friendly accommodations to suit every pocket. There are motel and hotels chains, inns and resorts, as well as the homes of family and friends along the way. The AAA brings out an annual directory of petfriendly accommodation in the United States, and the current publication lists more than 14,000 properties. It's important to inform a hotel, inn, or resort in advance that you are traveling with your cat because some establishments reserve special rooms for guests with pets. Many hotels employ a pet concierge who will offer your cat a welcome pack on arrival that contains toys and treats. Others even have litter boxes and scratchers on request and will present a special door tag to alert hotel staff that a cat is in residence. It's quite common for hotels to offer special pet menus, too, with a selection of chicken and salmon dishes.

    It's feline etiquette to keep your cat in her carrier and to be present when the room is being serviced. Many hotel chains don't limit the number of cats in your room but may request a cleaning deposit. It's important to ask about the facility's pet policy in advance of your arrival. As for family and friends, it's also a wise-and polite-idea to call ahead to make sure that an overnight (or several nights') visit from you and your cat is convenient at the particular time you're planning on visiting.

    Major US Hotel Chain Pet Policies

    Here are the pet policies for some of the major hotel chains in the United States, current as of this writing. Be aware that pet policies within hotel groups can vary, especially if it's a franchised property where owners are allowed to determine their own requirements. For that reason, as well as to doublecheck for policy changes and to get specific fee information, it's a good idea to call ahead.

    Four Seasons Hotels:

    Cats in public areas must in a carrier and cannot be left unattended. However, there are no pet charges or deposits required and no limit to the number of pets per room.

    Hilton Hotels:

    The Hilton's pets-welcome policy allows one cat in specially designated pet-friendly rooms. There are no additional charges or fees required. The pet amenities provided include a bed made from special Crypton "mess-resistant" fabric, but no doubt kitty would prefer her own as these are geared more toward dogs. The company also owns, manages, or franchises Conrad Hotels and Resorts, Doubletree, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hampton Inn, Hampton Inn and Suites, Hilton Garden Inn, Hilton Grand Vacations, Homewood Suites by Hilton, and the Waldorf Astoria Collection. Policies can vary in franchised establishments, so be sure to call in advance.

    Hyatt Hotels:

    This group adopted a pet-friendly policy in 2012. Their Pampered Paws Program invites both cats (and dogs under 50 pounds) to stay for a nominal daily fee of about thirty dollars. Your feline will be given VIP treatment, which includes a food bowl, treats, toys, and a cat litter scooper; the hotels are BYODB (bring your own disposable [litter] box).

    Intercontinental Hotels Group:

    This is the umbrella name for well-known chains such as Hotel Indigo, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Candlewood Suites, and Staybridge Suites. All Hotel Indigo properties accept pets. However, rules regarding deposits vary by property; guests should call ahead or check the website. Pet policies vary by location at both the InterContinental Hotels and Crowne Plaza Hotels, too. About 50 percent of the country's 900 Holiday Inns are pet friendly. Cats are welcome at about 1,800 Holiday Inn Express hotels countrywide. This chain also doesn't have a standard policy, so it's important to check in advance with your hotel.

    Kimpton Hotels:

    Cats get VIP treatment at this chain of trendy boutique hotels. There is no pet deposit required, no additional room fees, and no limit to the number of pets checking in. Pet guests are greeted by name, and the hotels will even put a fish bowl holding a guppy in the room to keep your cat company. (They do, however, frown upon fishing.) The concierge desk offers excellent cat-related information about amenities in the vicinity of the hotel, such as pet stores and veterinary assistance.

    La Quinta Inns:

    This chain of more than 700 properties doesn't charge pet-related fees or deposits. There is no limit to the number of pets either.

    Loews Hotels:

    This chain charges per day fee for pets in the room. Two pets are allowed per room. The special pet room service menu varies at each hotel but features dishes such as roasted salmon and roasted chicken for finicky felines. On check-in, guests can request the "Kitty Pager" service, which equips pet-owners with a pager or cell phone to allow hotel staff to contact them immediately if there is a pet-related emergency.

    Motel 6:

    Reputed to be the first pet-friendly chain in the United States; without a doubt, Motel 6 establishments have been welcoming furry friends since the 1960s. Today, the chain has about 900 properties. There are no additional fees or deposits required, and there is no limit on the number of pets.

    Quality Inn:

    This chain allows three pets per room. Pets may not be left alone in the room unless crated or secured in a carrier. Some establishments may require a refundable deposit. This hotel chain is part of the Choice Hotels group that generally has a pet-friendly policy. Most properties within the group have designated rooms for people traveling with pets.

    Staybridge Suites and Candlewood Suites:

    All the Staybridge Suites hotels and all the Candlewood Suites hotels throughout the country are pet friendly. These brands offer apartment-style accommodations with kitchens and are a good choice for extended stays. Pet policies vary, and you may have to show proof of up-to-date vaccinations.

    W Hotels:

    Cats are very welcome at this trendy hotel chain. Guests traveling with pets will be required to sign a waiver at check-in, agreeing to uphold the guidelines of the hotel's pet policy, which requests that pets be leashed or in a carrier while in public areas and that the Welcome Desk be notified if pets are to be left unattended in the guest room. Basic amenities, such as a bed and a bowl, are provided, and the chain has an excellent selection of pet accessories at their Whatever/Whenever stores.

    Westin Hotels:

    Cats get the "people welcome" here, too. There are no additional charges or deposits required, and there are no restrictions on the number of cats per room. Furthermore, furry guests get to sleep on a Heavenly Bed, a unique pet bed with Westin's signature white-on-white striped fabric, offering the same level of comfort as their people beds do.

    Check ahead with your hotel to make sure cats are allowed and what their pet policies are.

    Even at a pet-friendly hotel, there will be areas that are off-limits to your cat, such as the swimming pool.

    Family and Friends

    Many family members or close friends will welcome your cat as a visitor for an overnight visit or even a lengthy stay. Still, it's never a wise idea to presume that now is a good time to visit or that it's all right to include your cat. You may not realize that some people you know are allergic to cats or might expecting other visitors who are. Then there are others (hard to believe) who find a cat in your home fine but not in theirs. Don't take it personally, but do make sure of your welcome before dropping by. Assuming you and your cat are welcome, be sure to provide all the cat basics, such as litter box, scratcher, food bowls, and a bed. If you visit a particular house often enough, your cat will come to regard it as a safe home away from home and settle in quickly on future visits. Nevertheless, if you're staying for more than one night, it's a good idea to ask the homeowners if you can put a note on all exterior-opening doors to gently remind everyone that there is a cat in residence. Again, if you visit frequently, ask if you can leave all your basic cat accessories there; have a box you can pack them up in so you can tuck it all into an out-the-way closet. Your cat will appreciate the familiarity.

    From The Cat Bible, Copyright by Sandy Robins, licensed through ContentOro, Inc and used by arrangement with I-5 Press

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