So you want to get away from it all this summer, but you don’t want to leave your cat behind. The good news is — with more and more places becoming pet-friendly — you can take a relaxing break and bring your cat along, too! We have several ideas that could make summer travel a ton of fun for both of you.

Preparing for Your Trip

Before you go anywhere, make sure your cat's shots are up to date, and that she fits comfortably inside her carrier. Bring a towel in case your cat gets wet or muddy. Don't forget medications, a portable litter box, litter, food, special treats, grooming tools, and comfort items such as a favorite blanket or bed.

Finally, do a search for “cat-friendly” hotels, restaurants, attractions, etc., for the destinations you’re considering. Learn what kind of accommodations they provide, and check out our safety tips for summer travel as well.

Cat-Friendly Cities

Traveling with your cat is better than ever now that cities are more pet-friendly. Many cities feature pet-friendly parks, boutiques and retail stores dedicated to pets, as well as pet-friendly amenities and accommodations. Some popular locations are Colorado Springs, Albuquerque, Austin, and Orlando.

If you need a night out on the town for yourself or want to go somewhere cats aren’t allowed, a pet sitter can make sure your cat is having a lovely time, too.

Road Trip!

Ready to take that road trip you’ve always dreamed of? Map your journey ahead of time and draw up a list of all of the places near your route that you could enjoy with your cat. Call ahead to hotels, parks, beaches and roadside attractions to make sure cats are welcome.

Cat-Friendly Hotels

There are several hotel chains that are cat-friendly: La Quinta, Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn, Clarion, Comfort Inn, EconoLodge, Motel 6, and Red Roof Inn, to name a few. Not every hotel in every chain is cat-friendly, so call ahead. You can also search for cat-friendly hotels using this handy tool.

Cat-Friendly Cruises

There is at least one major cruise line that accommodates cats, Cunard, on all rips between New York and Southampton, England, on the Queen Mary II. The ship’s kennel master feeds the cats and keeps the kennels clean. Every animal guest receives a gift pack that includes toys, a food dish, a name tag, and more.

You're allowed to spend plenty of time with your cat during visiting hours, but she can't sleep with you or spend time with you outside of designated pet areas. Important Cunard tips: Call far enough ahead of time to make sure your cat gets a spot in the kennel, because space is limited. You'll need to meet all pet travel requirements and obtain a pet passport, too.

Wherever you choose to travel with your cat this summer, a little planning ahead of time will ensure a fun and safe summer vacation for you and your cat.


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