What should you pack when traveling with your cat? Traveling with your cat doesn’t have to be stressful because you’re unprepared. Take the lessons we’ve learned from years of exploring with our kitties.
What to pack for your cat
Start with a cat harness
The first step in any feline-friendly adventure is to put your kitty in a harness. We always put on the Fish and Chip harnesses before leaving the safety of our home (or tent if camping). This is important as they do not wear collars with our contact information but they do have ID tags on their harnesses. So if they somehow get lost, we have a much better chance of getting them back.
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They also have small lights (Nite Ize LED collar light) on their harnesses, which come in really handy when camping. As soon as it gets dark, we turn on the light. It’s a lot easier to keep track of the little guys and helps us keep them from sneaking out of the car or tent.
Along with the harnesses, we pack their leashes and leashes when we camp or stay in one place for a long time.
The whelping box
Many cats are uncomfortable doing their business in a new environment, so bringing a litter box with you may be necessary. If you plan to travel frequently with your cat, we recommend purchasing a second litter box. Much more convenient than packing your usual suitcase every time you want to leave. For travel, a Hooded litter box to minimize odor and mess. We keep ours by the door with an extra scoop so it’s always ready.
When your cat is ready to go to the wild side and relieve himself outdoors, pack plenty of dog poop bags for cleanup. These can also be used to clean the litter box. We’ll find them Waste bags scented with EarthRated Lavender with the easy-tie handles work well.
meals and snacks
Of course, your cats won’t be happy when they’re hungry or thirsty! If you’re traveling with a cat, make sure you pack enough water for both of you. When it comes to food, dry food is the easiest to pack. But if you normally feed raw foods, there they are Dehydrated cat food options that are lightweight and easy to pack.
we use Kurgos Dry Food Carrier to keep their food fresh and restrained. It also keeps fish and chips from ripping open the bag and making a huge mess.
Collapsible food and water bowls (also by Kurgo) are perfect when it’s time to drink and eat. They fold flat for easy packing and are super easy to clean.
A backpack makes hiking easier
For enjoyable walks and hikes with fish and chips, we have found that a good backpack is essential. Since our cats are used to riding our backpacks, we always have them with us. Stuffing them fairly full and using extra jackets or towels to fill the empty space will make it easier for the kittens to balance on them. And a comfortable ride means they’re not constantly shifting and moving as we make our way up or down.
If your cat is more comfortable being enclosed, there are some too Backpack style pet carriers this might work better for you.
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Any time you travel with a cat, there are bound to be some messes. We therefore recommend that you pack some cleaning supplies when traveling with your cat. Pets like paper towels and wipes Tropiclean hypoallergenic wipes for pets are helpful if you have a kitten with car sickness or just need to clean some muddy paws.
And we never leave the house without… a lint roller! They are invaluable when you need to remove the fur from your sleeping bag, car seat or sweater. You can get Reusable pet hair remover or traditional Lint rollers with sticky leaves.
It’s also important to consider the weather when packing for your cat. If it’s warm, take extra water. And remember, cats (especially lighter-coated cats) can get sunburned — just like a human. So plan to protect your cat from direct sunlight, or get it a shirt to protect him from the sun.
If you’re bringing your cat out in the cold, consider a pet jacket or sweater. Fish and Chips are both shorthair cats, so they freeze easily. Dog jackets from Kurgo help keep them warm and they both really enjoy wearing them!
One thing people usually forget when traveling with their cat is a first aid kit. Just like us, our furry companions can scratch or cut themselves on something sharp, or pick up a splinter while walking the trail. “Pet specific” prepackaged first aid kits are available. But ready-made kits for humans work well. Or you can build your own pet first aid kit with everything you need.
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We hope this list gives you some great ideas for your next cat-friendly adventure. If we forgot something, please remind us in the comments below!
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