Hitting the Road (and the Hospital): Adventures in Travel Nursing with Cats


Chloe’ Sizer | March 1st, 2024

The allure of travel nursing is undeniable: exploring new cities, experiencing diverse healthcare environments, and often earning competitive salaries. But for cat owners, the question arises – what about our feline companions? Can they join us on our nomadic adventures, or is it best for them to stay home?

Traveling with your furry friend:

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  • Pros: Having your cat by your side can provide comfort and companionship during long assignments, especially in unfamiliar surroundings.
  • Cons: Finding pet-friendly housing can be an obstacle, with additional fees and restrictions often in place. Travel can be stressful for cats, and frequent adjustments could disrupt their routine and cause anxiety.

Keeping your cat at home:

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  • Pros: They’ll have a familiar environment and established routines, reducing stress. Trusted friends or family can provide care and ensure their needs are met.
  • Cons: You’ll miss your daily dose of feline snuggles and companionship. Regular calls and video chats might not be enough to fully address their potential separation anxiety.

Making the decision:

There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, as the best option depends on several factors:

  • Your cat’s personality: Are they adaptable and comfortable with travel, or are they prone to anxiety in new environments?
  • The length of your assignments: Short assignments might be easier to manage with a cat sitter at home, while longer stints could benefit from having your cat accompany you.
  • Your living situation: Will you be living in pet-friendly housing, and is there adequate space for your cat to adjust and feel comfortable?

Tips for success:

  • If traveling with your cat:
    • Invest in a sturdy and comfortable carrier.
    • Acclimate your cat to the carrier gradually.
    • Plan for regular breaks and bathroom stops during long trips.
    • Consider using calming aids recommended by your veterinarian.
  • If your cat stays home:
    • Choose a reliable cat sitter or boarding facility.
    • Schedule regular video calls or have your sitter send updates and pictures.
    • Leave familiar items like your worn T-shirt or a blanket to help your cat feel comforted.


Ultimately, the decision of whether to bring your cat on your travel nursing journey is a personal one. Weigh the pros and cons carefully, consider your cat’s individual needs, and prioritize their well-being throughout the process. Remember, a happy cat, whether they’re traveling by your side or waiting patiently at home, makes for a happier travel nurse too.



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