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Monday, June 3, 2024 - Pets

Preparing Your Cat for Vacation: 6 Crucial Formalities Before You Leave

Planning to leave your cat with a pet sitter or bring them along on your getaway? For a completely carefree experience, it's wise to take care of certain health and administrative formalities in advance. Vaccinations, identification, first aid kit... Here are the 6 essential items to check off your list before departing.

1. Ensure Your Cat's Vaccinations Are Current

Before any travel, it's critical to verify that your cat's vaccinations are up to date. The core ones typically include:

  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis (Feline Herpes Virus or FHV)
  • Feline Calicivirus (FCV)
  • Feline Panleukopenia (FPV)
  • Rabies (often mandatory for international travel)

Consult your vet 1-2 months prior to your trip to schedule any necessary boosters. Also ask about potential destination-specific vaccinations (e.g., Feline Leukemia, Chlamydia).

2. Administer Parasite Prevention Treatment

To safeguard your cat from fleas, ticks, and other pests while traveling, a preventative parasite treatment is crucial. Your vet can prescribe an appropriate anti-flea and deworming medication to be given a few days before the trip. If your cat is staying with a sitter, be sure to pack their usual parasite preventatives along with instructions. Also include a tick remover tool, flea comb, and repellent spray in their toiletry kit just in case.

Cat scratching because of flea infestation
Parasite prevention meds will shield your cat from fleas and ticks during their stay while also stopping them from spreading to others.

3. Microchip Your Cat for Identification

In many countries, microchipping cats for identification is either required or highly recommended. This step allows you to be reunited quickly with your kitty if they somehow get lost while you're away. Double-check that your cat's microchip info is registered in the national pet recovery database and that your contact details are current. For extra reassurance, you can attach an ID tag engraved with your name and phone number to your cat's collar.

4. Gather Your Cat's Travel Documents

If your feline friend is joining you on your getaway, assemble a travel file with these key documents:

  • Veterinary health certificate with proof of up-to-date vaccinations
  • Pet passport for international trips
  • Certificate of good health (obtain from vet)
  • Copies of prescriptions for any medications

Give a copy of this file to an emergency contact who can forward it to you if misplaced. And if venturing abroad, research the specific pet travel requirements for your destination (quarantine, insurance, etc.).

5. Provide a Health Info Sheet to the Pet Sitter

If your cat is being watched by a sitter during your absence, whether at a boarding facility or your home with a house-sitter, it's important to relay detailed information about their health status and unique needs, such as:

  • Your regular vet's contact info
  • Names, doses, and schedules of any medications
  • Procedures to follow for health concerns
  • Stress signals or illness symptoms to monitor
  • Feeding instructions and food sensitivities

This sheet, paired with the health records, will empower the cat sitter to act fast if issues arise and administer proper care.

Cat passport and veterinary documents required for travel
To travel internationally with your cat, you'll need to show their pet passport, health certificate, and vaccination records.

6. Pack a Cat First Aid Kit

Though certainly not ideal, health emergencies can pop up while on vacation. To handle them swiftly, put together a cat first aid kit stocked with:

  • A supply of regular medications in original packaging
  • Sterile gauze pads and antiseptic solution
  • Tweezers for removing ticks or debris
  • Round-tip scissors for trimming fur around wounds
  • Contact details for your vet and a local emergency animal hospital

Store this kit in an easy-access bag next to the health paperwork. Walk the pet sitter through the contents and usage instructions before heading out.

With these 6 formalities squared away, you're all set to embark on your trip worry-free, while your furry pal enjoys a relaxing staycation. Happy trails to you both!



Nomador, the top home and pet sitting platform in France, enables cat sitters to exchange complimentary accommodations for caring for pets in their own homes, creating exceptional travel experiences. With Nomador, cat owners gain peace of mind that their pet and house are well looked after while they relish a wonderful trip.

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