September 2008 Issue

Taking Felix on Vacation?

Be sure you're prepared to meet all of your cat's needs while on the road. Here's how.

Thinking about going on a leisurely week-long auto trip? Good for you! Thinking about taking your cat along for the ride? Youíd better think twice about that, advises Julia Albright, MA, DVM, a resident of animal behavior at Cornell Universityís College of Veterinary Medicine. Thereís a good chance, she maintains, that your pet would just as soon stay at home while you and the rest of your family pull out of the driveway. "You might really want to take your cat along," says Dr. Albright, "and thatís totally understandable. But I would recommend that you leave the animal at home unless it has already shown that it likes to travel and wonít get stressed out by the experience óand I havenít met very many of those cats. In general, cats donít do very well with change, and traveling for hours on end in the back seat of a car would certainly come under the heading of change." For owners who canít bear the idea of putting their cats in a kennel for a week or so or leaving them at home in the care of a neighbor or professional pet sitter, Dr. Albright has some words of advice.

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