Depending on the journey, trips can be short or long. Sometimes, you’ll need to travel with them for a longer distance.
Considering a cat’s welfare is important before you take your pet on any trip. Different personalities, ages, and health will have different travel limitations to determine how long an animal can stay in a carrier. Be sure to consider stopping at a few adoption centers along the way, and make sure you have a litter tray, food and water bowls, and treats available in case your animal would like them.
Planning and considering the well-being of your cat while traveling is not difficult, even if extending its lifespan is. Cats are adaptable animals who have few problems adjusting to their environments and situations.
Most likely, the issue here is the eating, drinking and toileting of cats. It’s hard to say for sure because there is no “hard and fast answer” for this one. When traveling for a long period of time, you may want to consider driving instead of flying. Driving allows your pet to roll around and have a drink, eat something, and have natural breaks.
Normally, cat carrier backpack isn’t designed for use for long periods of time. It easy to imagine that cats will be uncomfortable after spending eight hours in a small space. Remember, though, that some cats fly domestically, and sometimes those trips can be 10 or more hours in length. Cats may reject owners and get upset if they are forced to leave the comfortable territory they are off in while they eat, drink, use a box. Cats don’t like moving too much and need downtime before re-adjusting back into their own behavior.
Pay close attention when your cat is inside of a carrier and watch for any signs of distress. It is likely that they will be sleeping quite quickly. If a cat has an existing medical condition, stress, or lack of food or water could have adverse effects. We always advise to speak with a veterinarian. Pack your carrier with familiar toys and something that smells like the owner, like a blanket. Don’t forget to include the carrier and those items with you when traveling on your next trip.
Some people buy a mesh pet barrier, which are usually meant for dogs but can be adapted so that it covers up the back seat. Your cat will have a better chance of getting around without worry. For most cats, a carrier will be fine for up to eight hours. Some may need more care and you might need to take a break every two hours.
If you need to crate your cat for a long period of time, there are things you can do to make the experience more comfortable, such as providing them with a heated blanket and favorite toy.
Talking to your veterinarian is the recommended course of action when you need advice about what to do with a traveling cat. Consider raising and flying with your pet, or asking your vet for more information on whether sedation would be a better option if you plan on traveling some distance.