Travelling with a cat

#1 Dec 26th, 2013, 17:40
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We have recently adopted a cat, which is now an year old. We often travel between Allahabad, where we live, and Dehradun --- a distance of about 850 km. I am looking for advice on train travel with cats, if it is possible. We are also considering driving the distance, so any advice on driving with a cat also would be most welcome.

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#2 Dec 26th, 2013, 18:20
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Cats are often terrible travellers in cars.

You will need a carrier-cage for the cat; and the carrier itself should be securely fastened in the car. A waterproof sheet is a good idea for the car seat. You'll need a light sheet to cover the carrier, and a small disposable litter tray to place into the carrier; along with a food and water bowl. Have the window open so the cat has good ventilation. You'll need to make regular stops. If your cat has a favourite blanket or toy, make sure that goes in the cage too. Disposable towels and disinfectant in case of accident are a good idea.

Well before you travel, you might see if the cat can be encouraged to sleep in the carrier. Also, a few short trips will serve as good practice for all concerned. If your cat turns out to be one who hates travel, you might talk to your vet about a mild tranquiliser for long journeys.

As for the train:

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