Crazy Cat Travel Stories and Quick Tips

Plan ahead to move with your cat or take her on a pet-friendly vacation.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.

Funniest Moment

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.

Scariest Moment

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!


The 6 Most Expensive Winter Holiday Related Claims

Dogs can eat ornaments and end up at the emergency vet.The winter holidays are an expensive time of year for most families. The holidays can also mean big pet health expenses if you’re not careful. Here are Pets Best Insurance’s top 6 most expensive winter holidays-related pet insurance claims.

1. Packs of Gum in the Stockings? Think Again…

Sugar-free gum contains an ingredient called Xylitol which is toxic to dogs. Whether it’s because packs of gum are in the stockings, or because gum is more prevalent for all the holiday gatherings, Pets Best Insurance sees thousands of dollars of Xylitol poisoning claims during the winter holidays.

Our most expensive claim goes to Lily the fox terrier for $969, and Pets Best Insurance reimbursed more than $690.

2. Pain Reliever Poisoning

The holidays can be a time of overindulging on more than just food. As the alcoholic beverages flow, the next-day headaches increase. Be sure to keep your bottle of pain reliever out of reach from your pet. Pets Best Insurance sees a dramatic rise in pain reliever (NSAIDs) poisonings this time of year.

Our most expensive claim goes to Sierra the Labrador retriever for $4217, and Pets Best Insurance reimbursed more than $3174.

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Three Points to Consider Before Snoozing with Pets

Dog insurance can help pay for incontinence treatment.As pets gain more and more footing as members of our families, they’re increasingly allowed into every aspect of our lives – even our beds. A 2010 Pets Best Insurance policyholder survey revealed that 27% of dogs and 8% of cats sleep on their owners’ beds all night, every night – with another 40% sharing sleeping space at least part of the time.

The image of multiple species curling up together as a source of warmth and comfort is a delightful one, but is it a good idea? Here are three points to consider before you open your bed to your fur family.

1. Zoonosis
Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted between species, specifically from pets to humans. Any time close spaces are shared, the risk of spreading diseases is greater. If your pet is in bed with you, please be sure to have them up to date on deworming, flea prevention, and free of illness. Pets can transmit ringworm and scabies and even be a source of bacteria, to name a few examples. People with compromised immune systems and small children probably shouldn’t share sleeping quarters with a pet due the increase risk of contracting illnesses.
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Help! My Dog Sprung a Leak

Dog insurance can help pay for incontinence treatment.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…

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