Cats are notorious for their disdain for car travel—but that doesn’t mean your pet has to stay home the next time you go on a trip. As long as you find pet-friendly hotels near your destination, you can make car trips with your cat tolerable, and maybe even enjoyable. Put these tips into action to make your cat’s journey as easy as possible:
Use Your Cat Carrier
If you’re worried that keeping your cat locked in their carrier for a long car ride is unfair, put your mind at ease. It’s safer for your cat, not to mention more comfortable, for him to take the trip sitting in his crate. Anxious cats can be a safety hazard for the driver, as they could try to jump on their owner while the car is in motion. During an accident, a loose cat could be severely injured and could cause injury to the human passengers if sent flying through the air. Additionally, a carrier is a safe, familiar zone inside the car that allows your cat to relax.
Let Your Cat Claim the Car
Cats feel calmer in places with familiar scents. Though your cat won’t roam the car while it’s in motion, you should let him spend some time having free rein in the vehicle while it’s parked. He’ll explore and mark the car as his territory by leaving his scent. Even from inside a carrier, your cat will recognize his scent and view the car as a safe zone.
Pre-Book Pet-Friendly Hotels
Not every hotel takes animals, and not all of the hotels that accept animals also accept cats. Before you set off, plan your journey and book hotel rooms along your route. It’s much easier to find pet-friendly hotels in advance than try to find one by chance.
At The University Inn at Emory, pet guests are always welcome. Our hotel is a great base from which to explore Atlanta and Emory University. Book a room at our pet-friendly Decatur hotel by calling (404) 465-3549, and find out more by visiting our website.