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When I found my cat Luisa on the streets of Mexico more than a decade ago, I knew I was making a lifelong commitment, regardless of where my adventures took me. Little did I know we’d see two countries, three states and nine different homes together, with her daughter kitten Monica in tow as well.
This all happened long before I knew about cat insurance, but it sure would have been helpful at the time! Here’s what I remember most about our adventures.
A delayed flight landed us in Texas in the middle of the night. I couldn’t get into my new apartment, so my brother and I took a taxi to the nearest hotel. It was lovely, pricey, and not pet-friendly. The hot weather left us just one option.
We rolled a baggage rack to the car, put the cats (in their carriers) in the middle and surrounded them with suitcases. Fingers crossed, we pushed that cart and ran like mad through the lobby to the elevator. Luisa didn’t make a sound till the elevator doors closed, then – “meow?”
Now, I certainly don’t condone breaking hotel rules, but in this case, we really had no other options. And a recent Facebook poll on the Pets Best Insurance page revealed I’m not alone. The vast majority of respondents said they had either sneaked pets into non pet-friendly hotels, or would if it was necessary.
Second Funniest Moment
It was a lazy Sunday morning and we had checked out of our motel in a tiny town. IHOP was our only breakfast option, but it was already too hot to leave the cats in the car. I sweet-talked the hostess into letting us bring them inside, as long as they stayed in their carriers in the lobby. We grabbed a booth nearby and had quite a few good laughs watching families wander in, then jump a little when they noticed the cats’ glowing eyes. “Are those cats?! Whose cats are those?”
When a Girl’s Gotta Go…
We were in a pinch without a litter box, so I found an extra garbage bag in a public restroom, cut it open to cover the largest area possible, then sprinkled a little litter over the bag. It worked like a charm! The cats knew where to go and the floor stayed clean.
On an airport layover on a different trip, I put a leash on my cat and let her out of her carrier to walk around. She immediately jumped into a giant potted plant, pawed the fake dirt, squatted and peed. All I could offer was an apologetic shrug to the passing patrons starting at us.
On a road trip from Austin to Los Angeles, the alternator in my car started to go out, taking the air conditioning with it. In the desert. In June. In 114-degree weather. Unfortunately, the tow truck that rescued us didn’t have air conditioning either.
On our way to the next town, my cats rolled over on their sides, closed their eyes and began panting heavily. I was in tears, sure they were going to die, and begged the driver to pull over at the very first business with air conditioning. Thankfully we made it, and one new alternator and dip in the pool later (for me), we were on the road again.
Quick Tips for Traveling with Cats
1. Book your flights early – many airlines only allow two pets per flight
2. Set travel crates out for a few days before the trip, so cats can get used to them
3. Offer the same food and provide the same cat litter as always
4. Get a flea preventive on your cats – mine got fleas from pet-friendly hotels
5. Get cat insurance that can be used anywhere in the world and reimburses based on your actual vet bill, like Pets Best Insurance plans do.
Have you traveled with cats? Share your most memorable moments in the comments below!
When I adopted my dog more than two years ago, I immediately bought pet insurance for a number of reasons. Jayda liked to run out the front door and down the street. She liked to tangle with other dogs. She shared water bowls and toys with dozens of random pups at the park, and the list goes on.
It was nice knowing that if she got sick or there was an emergency, I could rush her to the nearest vet and not worry so much about the cost. I also figured it might come in handy if she developed arthritis or cancer later in life.
Fur Babies vs Real Babies
When my son came along last summer and I joined a few baby groups, I was reminded how glad I am to have pet insurance. I’ve already met half a dozen new parents who are struggling with sick pets. Some cats and dogs remain undiagnosed due to the potential costs of testing.Read More…
Hi. My name is Dr. Marc, and I’m filming for Pets Best, answering some Facebook questions for you guys at Broadway Veterinary Hospital in Boise, Idaho. This question comes from Samantha. She asks: “Why does it take my dog such a long time to find a place to poop and get comfortable before she goes?” Samantha, that’s a really good question, and unfortunately there is not going to be a great answer for you on this one, but there’s certainly some speculation and theories out there.
Some people think that this is an instinctual thing left over from before the dogs were domesticated, looking for scents of prey, predators, other animals in the area before they actually go. There’s certainly some other speculation as well that this may be conditioning from people themselves. So if you take your dog on a walk or let your dog go outside, and when they defecate, that signals the termination of that activity. In other words, “Dog poops, walk is over”. They may actually be trained that once they go, that enjoyable activity is done, and therefore they take their time in doing this to fully enjoy as much as they can on the walk or being outside.
If you have any other questions, post them on the Facebook page and we’ll see if we can answer them for you.
Hello. I’m Dr. Jane Matheys, from the Cat Doctor Veterinary Hospital and Hotel in Boise, Idaho. I’m here today to answer a question posted on the Pets Best Facebook page.
Yolanda says “I have a 16 year old cat. She shows no signs of slowing down. She’s been kind of high anxiety her entire life, and she doesn’t let anyone hold her, pet her or pick her up but me. Even then I can only do so for a few minutes before she gets hiss-y. I’ve tried the pheromone plug-in, the collar which she scratched and she didn’t like. Is it too late for her to learn to relax and be nice ?”