Chloe’ Sizer | November 18th, 2023
Traveling healthcare professionals have the unique opportunity to see the country and work in different hospitals and healthcare settings. However, for those with furry friends, it can be difficult to leave their pets behind.
If you are a traveling healthcare professional who is considering traveling with your cat, there are a few things you need to keep in mind:
- Find a pet-friendly travel nursing agency. Not all travel nursing agencies allow employees to travel with their pets. However, there are a number of agencies that specialize in placing travel nurses with pet-friendly housing. Hint – we’re happy to help!
- Make sure your cat is up to date on their vaccinations. You will need to provide proof of vaccination to most pet-friendly housing providers.
- Get a travel carrier for your cat. The carrier should be large enough for your cat to stand up and turn around comfortably.
- Train your cat to use the travel carrier. Make sure your cat is comfortable in the carrier before you start traveling. You can do this by putting the carrier out in a familiar area and letting your cat explore it. You can also put treats and toys in the carrier to make it more inviting.
- Be prepared for delays. Flights and train rides can be delayed, so it’s important to have a backup plan for your cat. Pack enough food and water for your cat to last for several days, and make sure you have a list of pet-friendly hotels or motels near your destination.
Here are a few additional tips for traveling with your cat:
- Bring a familiar blanket or toy. This will help your cat feel more comfortable in their new surroundings.
- Give your cat a chance to explore their new surroundings before leaving them alone. Let them out of the carrier and let them sniff around the room.
- Provide your cat with a safe place to hide. This could be a cat bed, a cardboard box, or even under the bed.
- Check on your cat frequently. Make sure they have enough food and water, and that they are using the litter box.
Traveling with your cat can be a lot of work, but it is definitely possible. By following these tips, you can make the experience as stress-free as possible for you and your furry friend.
Here are some additional insights from traveling healthcare professionals who travel with their cats:
- Plan ahead. The earlier you start planning your trip, the easier it will be to find pet-friendly housing and make arrangements for your cat.
- Be flexible. Things don’t always go according to plan, so be prepared to make adjustments as needed.
- Be patient. It may take some time for your cat to adjust to traveling. Be patient and understanding with them.
Traveling with your cat can be a rewarding experience. It is a great way to bond with your pet and share new experiences together.
Learn more about traveling with pets and the mental benefits here.
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