It’s an age-old dilemma for cat owners — you want to go on vacation, but you don’t want to miss and worry about your cat while you're gone. The good news is, there are more cat-friendly vacation options than ever, so you can have your vacation and bring along your furry friend, too!

To help get you started planning a great vacation with your pet, we’ve assembled all our best tips and tricks in this handy guide. Let's start with the basics.

Preparation and Cat Safety

Wherever you decide to travel, you’ll want to be sure you and your pet are prepared and safe at all times. Here’s our complete primer on how to make summer travel with your cat safe and fun. It contains tips on traveling by car and plane as well.

If you’re booking travel for summer, you'll want to check out these great ways to keep your cat hydrated while traveling in the hotter months.

Now, on to all the places you can go!

Cat-Friendly Destinations

There are many great cat-friendly hotels to consider. Cat-friendly hotel chains include Marriott, Choice, 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.

There is at least one major cruise line, Cunard, that accommodates cats — on all trips 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.

We also have a whole slew of articles focused on pet travel adventures across several regions of the U.S. Take a look and maybe you’ll find a regional cat-friendly spot near you!

Travel on a Budget

If you’re looking to save some cash, consider day trips, short road trips, camping out instead of staying at expensive hotels, or staying with friends or relatives when you travel. Here are some great tips on budget traveling with dogs, although the same advice applies to cats.

Traveling together is a great way to bond with your cat. We hope these resources and tips help you plan a fun and safe vacation with your cat full of rewarding experiences and memories you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Happy traveling!