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Traveling with animals

Traveling with companion animals is getting easier, especially with the help of the web. The Best Friends website provides a link to Pets on the Go, a site that offers advice, over 30,000 locations where companion animals are welcome, and a great deal more. You can search the database for a pet-friendly motel in the city you are visiting. You can also add locations.

I've mentioned before just how friendly Motel 6 is toward animals. We learned of the ultimate acceptance from a Motel 6 from one of the Best Friends rescuers. He was traveling across country with 18 pit bulls. They were in crates. The rescuer told the Motel 6 staff what animals he would be bringing into his room and they were fine with it. He hauled every crate into his room and stacked them there, and ultimately only had about an hour's sleep. I have trouble even imagining this journey, and it certainly puts my own in perspective.

I keep Bullet in a large carrier, with a small litter box inside. I think he'd be happier if he had the run of the back seat but my car is not equipped to confine him to that location. If I were planning to travel a lot with a cat I'd seriously consider changing cars or getting a grate to install between the front and back seats. Some cats actually enjoy car travel. I would not count Bullet among them.

About.com has a page with links about traveling with cats. Unfortunately, some of the links no longer work - I wonder how often about.com people update their stuff - and the information is a bit short on details. The Cat Site is, I find, more helpful, and answers my question about litter boxes. When we get on the road again, tomorrow, I will leave the litter box outside, on the floor, instead of inside the cat carrier. Then we will stop every few hours, which is what I do anyway, to get my legs working again, and let Bullet out into the car, offering him a chance to use the litter box. The Cat Site has helpful information on helping your cat adjust to the whole concept of travel in a car or on an airplane, as well as using pet transportation companies.


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