Transporting a cat

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Transporting your cat by land is a task that requires proper planning and preparation. Both short and long journeys can be challenging for our four-legged friends, so it is important to ensure their comfort and safety during the journey. In this article, we will discuss the different methods of transporting your cat by car, van, bus or trailer, tips on how to properly secure your pet, as well as preparing the necessary documents for international travel.

What are the methods of transporting your cat by land?

Transporting your cat by car requires proper planning and preparation. Here are some methods for transporting your cat by land:

Pet carrier: Regardless of the means of transport, this is the safest and most comfortable method of transporting a cat.Transporters are usually made of plastic or metal and have a door through which the cat can enter. They should also have adequate ventilation holes to ensure air flow. A blanket or towel can be placed inside the carrier to make the cat feel safer and more comfortable.

Passenger car: if you are transporting your cat in a passenger car, always use a pet carrier. Never allow your cat to roam freely in the car while driving, as this can be dangerous for the driver and the cat. The carrier can be placed on the rear seat or on the floor and secured with a seat belt for safety.

Bus, van or van: If you are transporting more than one cat or if you are a professional animal transporter, you may need a larger vehicle such as a bus, van or van. If this is the case, the carriers should be securely placed and secured to avoid shifting during the journey. It is important to ensure adequate ventilation and temperature inside the vehicle.

Trailer: In some cases, such as when moving house, a trailer can be used to transport the cat. As with a car, pet carriers should be safely placed and secured in the trailer. Remember to regularly check the condition of the cat and the conditions in the trailer.

When transporting your cat overland, always make sure your cat has access to fresh water and a litter tray. Avoid long journeys without breaks and always monitor your cat's condition. Remember that car travel can be stressful for your cat, so try to maintain a calm atmosphere in the car.

What to bear in mind when transporting a cat between EU countries?

Travelling with your cat between EU countries requires certain formalities and preparations. Here are some basic points to bear in mind:

Pet passport: Any animal crossing borders within the European Union must have a pet passport issued by an authorised veterinarian. The passport should contain detailed information about the animal, including its microchip number, date of birth, owner information, as well as information on any vaccinations, anti-parasitic treatments and other medical procedures.

Microchip: The cat must have a microchip implanted, which is registered and numbered. The microchip number should be recorded in the animal's passport.

Rabies vaccination: Cats must be vaccinated against rabies. The vaccination must be done at least 21 days before travel and must not be older than one year. Vaccination information should be recorded in the animal's passport.

Veterinary health certificate: In some cases, a veterinary certificate may be required to confirm that the cat is healthy and able to travel. Your local vet should be consulted about this.

National regulations: Regulations on travelling with animals can vary from country to country, so it is always worth checking the local regulations in the country you are travelling to.

Border control: When crossing borders, veterinary control may require you to produce documents proving your pet's identity, health and sanitary compliance. Remember that each country may have its own specific requirements and regulations, so it is worth checking these in advance.

Securing your pet during travel: Make sure your cat is properly secured during travel. It should be transported in a carrier, which should be airy, comfortable and secure. Do not leave your cat unattended in the car, especially in hot weather.

Ensure access to water and food: Cats should have regular access to fresh water, as well as food if the journey is longer. Take breaks if necessary so your cat can use the litter tray.

Providing mental comfort: Travelling can be stressful for your cat, so it is important to do everything possible to minimise stress. You can do this by providing familiar objects for your cat, such as a blanket or toy, as well as using calming pheromones.

Remember that every animal is different and what works for one cat may not work for another. Always observe your cat and respond to its needs. A well-prepared journey with your cat can be stress-free and safe for both parties.

What influences the cost of transporting a cat with a transport company?

The price of transporting your cat with a transport company can depend on many factors. Here are some of them:

Distance: The most important factor affecting the cost of transporting a cat is the distance between the pick-up point and the delivery point. The longer the route, the higher the cost.

Type of service: Some companies offer different levels of service, from basic transportation to premium services that may include individual care stops, extra space in transit, or special temperature conditions.

Weight and size of cat: Some companies may charge extra for larger or heavier cats that require more space or special treatment.

Timing: The cost may increase if the transport is urgent or needs to take place within a certain time frame. For example, door-to-door transport or transport on weekends and holidays may be more expensive.

Additional services: Some companies offer additional services such as insurance, online tracking of the shipment, or extra breaks to rest and feed your cat. These services may increase the cost of transport.

Special requirements: If your cat has special needs, for example due to a medical condition, this may affect the cost. The carrier may charge extra for extra care, special transport conditions or the need for medication.

Remember that different companies may offer different prices and services, so it is always worth comparing quotes from several companies before making a decision. Also remember to always read the transport contract and make sure you understand all the terms and costs involved in transporting your cat.


What are the most popular cat breeds?

Domestic Shorthair: The Domestic Shorthair is the most popular 'breed' of cat, although it is actually a general category that includes cats with a variety of origins that do not have a specific pedigree. These cats are usually very healthy, easy to maintain and have a gentle temperament. Their short fur is easy to care for and comes in many different colours and patterns.

Persian: Persian cats are known for their long, thick fur, round face and large, round eyes. They are generally calm, gentle and adapt well to life in the home. They require daily grooming of their fur to prevent knots.

Maine Coon: The Maine Coon is one of the largest domestic cat breeds. They are cats with a strong body structure and long, dense fur that can cope well with cold climates. Maine Coons are known for their friendly and sociable nature. They are active, intelligent and often exhibit 'dog' behaviour such as fetching.

Siamese: Siamese cats are elegant, with a slender body structure, distinctive blue eyes and short fur. They are very sociable, intelligent and loud. They like to be the centre of attention and often 'talk' to people with loud meows.

British Shorthair: British Shorthair cats are solidly built, with round faces and broad cheeks. They have short, dense fur that is very soft to the touch. British Shorthairs are calm, balanced and very easy to maintain.

Ragdoll: The Ragdoll is one of the largest cat breeds. They are cats with soft, fluffy fur, beautiful blue eyes and a very gentle disposition. Ragdolls are very sociable, they love people and often follow them around the house.