Some people like to take their cats on holiday with them, though there may be restrictions on the movement of animals, especially from one country to another, which will obviously make this impossible in some cases. It is therefore always worth checking on all the regulations beforehand. It’s no use finding out when you’re already on your journey, as you would have no option but to turn back and your holiday would be ruined.
Holidays pose a problem for many cat owners, who either have to make arrangements with a neighbour to come and feed the cat or send it to a cattery. Faced with this choice, there are many owners who prefer to take their animal on holiday with them.
If you are tempted to do this, the first thing to do is to check that there are no restrictions on the movement of animals that would affect you, especially if you are going abroad, as this will obviously make it an impractical solution. The transport you are using may also affect your decision: for example if you are flying, there may be restrictions on pets; on
trains and boats you may have to bring your cat in a particular type of carrier; if you are travelling by car arrangements will be simple.
Most cats don’t take kindly to having their routine changed and, if you can’t find someone to feed the cat at home, it is a moot point whether it would prefer to spend a holiday caged in a cattery or travelling with its owners.
If you decide to take your cat on holiday, this requires forethought and planning. It is not a simple undertaking but it is feasible. You should, first of all, make sure that your cat will be welcome at the other end, be this a hotel, a holiday cottage or a caravan site. You will need a travelling carrier and some sort of cage, preferably collapsible, large enough to hold its bedding, its feeding bowls and a litter tray.
Cats should not be allowed to wander free while you (and they) are on holiday, in case they get lost, and should therefore be kept in some sort of cage unless someone is there to watch over them. Cats should wear an identification tag on their collar for easy reference, in case they do get lost, in which case it should then be possible for the person who finds the cat to contact the owner. A cat which will accept a harness and lead can be exercised: choose somewhere quiet and peaceful where they will not easily be startled, and preferably where there are no dogs.
Siamese cats have a reputation for accepting holidays with their owners more readily than other breeds.
A cat that has already had to accept a change in its routine may not welcome a change in food as well, so it’s a good idea to take a supply of its normal food — then at least some things don’t change …
A camp site can be a particularly successful venue for a holiday with your cat.
Quarantine restrictions hav ebeen lifted between the UK and continental Europe since the end of 2001, but any cats crossing the Channel will have to have special passports and microchips for identification.