Traveling with Your Feline Friend


Ashley Hotovec | July 13th, 2023

So, you’re a travel nurse who loves your cat more than life itself. And you want to take them with you on your adventures. But you’re not sure how to do it without stressing them out or breaking the bank.

Well, you’re in luck! We’re here to help with some tips and tricks for traveling with your cat as a travel nurse.

  1. Start planning early. This is probably the most important tip. Give yourself plenty of time to research airlines and housing accommodations that allow pets, and to get your cat used to traveling.
  2. Choose the right carrier. Your cat needs a comfortable and secure carrier that is the right size for them. Make sure it has plenty of ventilation and that it’s easy to carry.
  3. Pack your cat’s essentials. This includes their food, water, litter box, toys, and any medications they need. You may also want to pack a few of their favorite blankets or toys to help them feel more at home.
  4. Get your cat used to traveling in the car or plane. Start by taking your cat on short car rides and gradually increase the length of the trips. If you’re flying, take your cat to the airport a few times before your actual flight so they can get used to the noise and hustle and bustle.
  5. Be patient and understanding. Traveling can be stressful for cats, so be patient and understanding with your furry friend. If they seem stressed, give them a break and let them relax in a quiet place.

Here are some additional tips:

  • Make sure your cat is up to date on vaccines and healthy and fit to travel. This includes a rabies vaccination, which is required by most airlines. You should also have your cat checked by a veterinarian to make sure they are healthy enough to travel.
  • Have your cat microchipped and up to date with your correct contact information. This will help in case your cat gets lost or separated from you during your travels.
  • Check with your airline about their pet policies. Some airlines have weight and size restrictions for pets, and some may not allow certain breeds of cats.
  • If you’re flying, you’ll need to book a seat for your cat. Most airlines charge a fee for pets, so be sure to factor that into your travel budget.
  • Once you arrive at your destination, take your cat to a quiet room to relax and adjust to their new surroundings.

With a little planning and patience, you can successfully travel with your cat as a travel nurse. Just remember to make sure your cat is comfortable and safe, and to be patient with them as they adjust to their new surroundings.

Here are some additional resources that you may find helpful:

So there you have it! These are just a few tips and tricks to help you travel with your cat as a travel nurse. With a little planning and patience, you can both enjoy your adventures together.


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