Going on holiday

Take a look at our guide on going on holiday when you've got a cat

Going on holiday

Jetting off somewhere special? If you're heading off on holiday, you might be concerned about what to do with your cat while you're not at home. The choice depends on your cat's personality and your circumstances. Our guide will give you some top tips on what to do and with some careful planning, you'll be off on a hassle-free getaway in no time.

Staying in a cattery or getting a cat sitter?

Should you book your cat into a cattery, or get a cat sitter to look after your pet? For most cats, the best solution is to get a cat sitter. Either a friend, neighbour or family member who can visit at least twice a day and make sure your cat is well-fed and safe. Cats are used to their own environment and keeping your cat in its own home means that they'll be less likely to get stressed. Before you leave, make sure you leave emergency contact details, as well as the details of your vet, enough cat litter, food and medication.

Cats Protection have an official partnership with TrustedHousesitters, the world's largest and most trusted pet sitting network that connects pet owners with verified sitters who care for homes and pets in exchange for accomodation. To find out more, go to TrustedHousesitters.

Sometimes it might be that your cat isn't able to stay at home, in which case a cattery is a good idea. Begin looking for a cattery in plenty of time - they'll need prior booking and you'll need to find a place that best suits you and your cat. Make sure you take a look around to check that the cat pens are clean and safe, and agree on the food and medication that your cat is given.

Cat-sitter checklist

Looking to leave your cat with a cat-sitter when you head off on holiday? Download our checklist for everything they need to know - from dietary requirements to medical needs.

cat sitter checklist

Travelling with cats

Most cats would prefer not to travel at all - so bear this in mind. They often find journeys stressful, even if they don't neccesarily show it.

If travelling with your cat is unavoidable, you'll need to make sure that the environment at the destination is appropriate and has the right veterinary care as well as available space.

In most cases, your cat will travel in a cat carrier. If you're travelling by aeroplane, you'll need to ascertain whether your cat will be travelling in the hold or the cabin .

Speak to your vet for more advice on travelling with your cat, or take a look at our guide for more information.

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