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Top 5 Cat Breeds To Travel With

Usually, it is said that cats don’t like changing their environment and that transporting them everywhere, can cause large amounts of stress that you should avoid. Going on holiday with your cat isn’t always easy. But there are some breeds that are better suited to the constant travelling.

First of all, you have to know that the main caracteristic of a cat able to travel is its capacity to adapt to new situations and surroundings. A cat that is usually relaxed and confident should tolerate the change easier than a more nervous one. Therefore, here are 5 breeds of cat known for being good travel companions.

The ChartreuxChartreux cat breed

The Chartreux is a cat able to easily adapt to new situations. The nickname for the Chartreux is « soft giant » as males can weigh upto 6 kg (females are slightly lighter). Usually, they get along well with all other animals as well as children.

The TiffanyTiffany cat breed

The Tiffany makes for a great travel companion because of its calm and easy-going nature. They need a small, daily brushing but they are very strong, healthy cats with lots of love in them.

The japanese Bobtailjapanese bobtail cat breed

The japanese Bobtail is a confident, inteligent and energetic cat that easily adapts to new environments. Its ability to get used to new surroundings, people and animals makes it the ideal travelling partner. They are very healthy cats that symbolise luck for the Japanese.

The PixiebobPixiebob cat breed

The Pixiebob can seem a bit wild and savage, but it can develop very strong bonds with its family and loves travelling in the car. The Pixie-Bob is also known for easily walking with a lead and loving to play. These caracteristics make it a particularly appealing cat, and some people go as far to say that they have the character of a dog.

The Scottish FoldScottish Fold cat breed

The Scottish Fold has a soft and affectious character. Its relaxed cold-blooded nature allows it to adapt to new situation easily, which is needed in a travel partner. Furthermore, they get along well with other animals, as well as dogs and children. However, this breed of cat does need a certain level of maintenance. Regular brushing and cleaning of the ears is all part of owning one of these cats.

Advice for travelling with your cat

Whatever the breed of the cat, you have to make sure it is safe when travelling with you. In the car, your cat has to be safely attached and locked in a cage: even cats used to travel can escape from your vehicle if you open the door or can decide it’s a good idea to take a nap under the brake pedal.

Also, in case of an accident, if your cat isn’t restrained, it could end up flying and breaking through the windscreen.

Remember that your cats hearing is very sensitive and as a result won’t appreciate you blasting your music as loud as possible.

If you’re travelling in a plane, choose a company that allows you to bring your cat inside the cabin and make sure you receive the reservation confirmation for you but also your cat. Your cat can also travel in the baggage area in a specially designed carrier.

Finally, remember that your cat needs its own bags as well as its essential carrier cage : a water bowl and another for water (the ones its used to), a litter tray and a toy. You could also bring a Feliway diffuser which spreads calming hormones. Keep in mind that changes of food or water can lead to digestive troubles. And that water isn’t necessarily drinkable

Cat Poems

SHE SIGHTS A BIRD EMILY DICKINSON

In She Sights a Bird Emily Dickinson describes the tension of a cat about the pounce…

She sights a Bird—she chuckles—
She flattens—then she crawls—
She runs without the look of feet—
Her eyes increase to Balls—

Her Jaws stir—twitching—hungry—
Her Teeth can hardly stand—
She leaps, but Robin leaped the first—
Ah, Pussy, of the Sand,

The Hopes so juicy ripening—
You almost bathed your Tongue—
When Bliss disclosed a hundred Toes—
And fled with every one—

For more brilliant cat poems please click here.

Cleocatra’s Story

Once upon a time, a very pretty white persian was born in Cape Town, right down at the bottom of Africa.
Her breeder thought she was so pretty she showed her picture around the world.

A memory of Cleocatra

A very kind lady called Sally in the USA fell in love with her and asked to buy her. We called her Cleocatra as she was from Africa.

A photo of CleocatraA royal cat

As she had to have a rabies shot she could not be flown until she was 5 months old. So Sally and the breeder kept in touch and exchanged pictures.

Cleocatra at 12 weeks old
Cleocatra at 12 weeks old

Eventually the day arrived when Cleo had to be shipped to the USA to her new home.

Cleocatra on a rug
Picture taken an hour before she was shipped

Her breeder very sadly took her to the airport on a Friday afternoon as she was due to fly overnight to Amsterdam where she would be fed and watered and then put on a connecting flight to Boston USA the next day to arrive on Saturday night 11pm  -South African time.
We had arranged that Sally’s sister in law would email the breeder to tell her of the safe arrival of Cleo. The breeder anxiously downloaded her email only to get the message that Cleo was not on the flight.!!

Pandemonium reigned as it was now 2am in South Africa and no one from the airline could be found to find out where Cleo was. Amsterdam was phoned and we were told she was not there and not on the incoming flight either.
After a harrowing night we finally got hold of the airline to find they had forgotten to send Cleo on her flight! She had sat on Cape Town airport for 24 hours and then was put on the next days flight to Amsterdam. Amsterdam was again phoned and confirmed she was in the animal hotel and well. Apparently a security guard had found her in a holding room  at Cape Town airport and fed and watered her with the food the breeder had fortunately attached to the carrier
Poor Cleo finally arrived in Boston Sunday night at midnight (SA time).60 hours  after leaving home. She then faced a 6 hour drive home with her new owner. The poor thing had severe diarrhea in the car.
She settled down quickly in her new home tho’ diarrhea continued to be a problem and she had picked up a new habit of putting her whole face in her water bowl.  Her new owner said she sometimes seemed a little sad. So her breeder recorded a little voice message for Cleo and emailed it to her owner. This is what happened.

Where is my mum's voice coming from?

Cat on the computer
Apparently her eyes lit up and she got all excited.

Pretty soon Cleo went to her first show where she got 5th best Kitten!

5th best kitten prize

Meeting the judge

That's too close, but I got a prize for it!

Mummy cleaning my face
Cleo being comforted by a friend

So time goes on and Cleo is very happy with her new caring owner and pretty soon she will go on show as an adult. We will update her story as time goes by.

Back on the rug

5/6/2000

Cleo makes CFA Champion!!