Jetting off somewhere special? If you’re wondering what to do with your cat when you go on holiday, you have a number of options to consider. The choice completely depends on your cat’s personality and your individual circumstances.
Read our guide for top tips on what to do when you’re away from home and with some careful planning, you’ll be enjoying a hassle-free getaway in no time.
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 plan 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 informationForeign travel and cats
Keeping your cat at home is the safest and least unsettling option when you go on holiday. They are less likely to be stressed and be more content in their own environment.
Consider getting 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. Before you leave, make sure you leave the following:
If you’d rather book a professional cat sitter to look after your pet while you’re on holiday, try TrustedHousesitters. Cats Protection have an official partnership with TrustedHousesitters, the world’s largest and most trusted pet sitting network. They help connect pet owners with verified sitters who care for homes and pets in exchange for accommodation.
To find out more, go to the TrustedHousesitters website.
Leaving your cat with a cat-sitter when you're on holiday? Download our checklist for everything they need to know - from dietary requirements to medical needs.
Before you leave for your holiday, you’ll need to think about the following:
Booking a cattery can ensure peace of mind when you’re on holiday. Before you make a decision, you’ll need to visit and inspect the cattery and ensure that your cat’s vaccinations are up to date. You’ll also need to think ahead – book a cattery far in advance of your trip to ensure they aren’t already fully booked. When you visit the cattery, you’ll need to check
You can find out more about booking your cat into a cattery. Link to cattery page. For details of your nearest cattery, visit www.findpetboarding.com/