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Five tips for taking your cat on a road trip

September 20, 2015

Today’s post is written by the lovely travel writer and cat lady Katrina Daez! She shares with us cat lovers some smart tips about travelling with your kitty. Over to Katrina!

Hate leaving your cat behind whenever you have to go on holiday? It just hurts to see those large, sad eyes stare at you as you leave the house. So on your next adventure, why not take your furry friend with you? If you can keep it calm, well-fed, and hydrated throughout the trip, then you and your feline companion are good to go. Before you hit the road, here are some things you need to remember:

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  1. Find the purrfect place to stay at

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Finding a cat-friendly rental isn’t that hard. There are many accommodations nowadays that offer pet-friendly amenities. Check out Queensland’s Twenty One Palm Beach or Jervis Bay’s Seaflower. Many of these rentals offer gardens where your cat can freely roam. Some even offer spa treatments that’ll make your furry buddy purr in delight. Plus, after hours of travelling and being cooped up inside the car, you and your cat deserve some R&R. Take a look at this list for more ideas. 

 

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  1. Pack your cat’s favourite things

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Cats are a lot like kids. They easily get bored, so you need to keep them occupied. Plus, they’re very territorial, and can easily get upset if they’re exposed to places or items they’re not used to. To keep your cat calm and avoid those ear-splitting wails while inside the carrier, don’t forget to bring:

  • Your cat’s blankie (or a scrap of your old shirt—your familiar smell will help keep it calm)
  • Toys
  • Some dry snacks/treats

Place these items inside the carrier, and your cat’s a happy camper (at least for a few hours). 

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  1. Keep it cool and well fed

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Nothing can make a cat more moody than lack of food and water—who wouldn’t be? So be sure you bring enough water and cat food for the trip. You can buy pet food during stop overs, but cats are picky eaters. What if the next convenience store doesn’t stock your cat’s favourite snack? It’s better to just bring your own supply—your cat will very much appreciate it. Extra bottles of water and a travel-friendly water bowl should help keep your cat hydrated.

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  1. Feed your ginger some ginger

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If your cat has a habit of throwing up whenever you drive it to the vet, bring motion sickness medications. You can talk to your vet and see what your options are. Your OTC choices can include sedative drugs such as valium that are meant for severe motion sickness. Some cats are just better off sedated to prevent anxiety, vomiting, and nausea. If you’re not keen on using OTC meds, try ginger pills or mix ginger in your cat’s dry treats. Just make sure the vet gives you the go signal and you’re using the right dose.

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  1. Attach an ID tag to your cat’s collar

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Make sure your cat has an ID tag securely attached to the collar. In case your cat pulls a Houdini on you, it’s easier to find and identify your furry kitty. Another option is to have your cat micro-chipped before the trip. Don’t forget to register the microchip as well as your contact details. The Australian Animal Registry has more information on how to register your cat.

With enough planning and preparation, travelling with your feline friend shouldn’t be a stressful experience. So pack your bags, get your cat on that carrier, and hit the road. Have fun!

When planning your next road trip with your furry buddy and you need to hire a car, check out what Alpha Car Hire has to offer. Aside from budget-friendly rates, expect reliable customer service and no hidden charges.

More about Katrina: 
I’m a travel writer and budget traveller. My pet cat’s name is Milky. When I’m not reading books, I’m looking for seat sales and travel promos. The beach is my favourite destination–it’s soothing and invigorating all at the same time. I’m not an adrenaline junkie, but I’m willing to try anything new. Cliff diving is on my list for my next trip to the beach.

 

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Meow review: AirAsia Business

May 11, 2015
This is a sponsored post for AirAsia

AirAsia is our go to airline when visiting South East Asia. We are fans. They are always on time. I find their aircraft clean and the customer service great. (Let’s face it the price is awesome.) We have never had a bad experience and have been flying with them for about six years. (Unlike another nameless low-cost carrier who left me stranded on the tarmac in Phuket for four hours.)

I am usually pretty happy with the exit row but this time the lovely humans at AirAsia upgraded me to Business!

So, here is the low down if you are considering AirAsia for your next trip.

The flight: Sydney to Kuala Lumper

The plane: A330 300 Airbus

Check in: There was no line on arrival at the business check in and went straight through. (First fist pump.) We had a seamless experience at Sydney airport, whizzing through immigration line and the security check. I usually find this part of the trip quite stressful and anxiety provoking, so it was wonderful to get this over with and get into holiday mode. Con: AirAsia does not have a lounge at Sydney Airport. This would have been nice as we arrived quite early.

The seat: With just twelve seats in the business section, I was so excited to step on the plane and chill out from the start. The seat is a super comfortable reclining chair (with a foot rest) that flattens into a bed. YES THAT IS RIGHT: A TOTALLY FLAT BED.

Image courtesy of AirAsia

Image courtesy of AirAsia

(Second fist pump.) I tried and tried and tried for research’s sake and I could not touch the chair in front of me, even pointing my toes. It was like spending the day in an armchair in front of the TV at home. Although the flight was during the day, we both found ourselves so relaxed that we went into the land of nod for a few hours, until the kid next to us started to lose his mind. (There was nothing AirAsia could do about this, nor could the kids parents, it seemed.)

Isn't he cute?

Isn’t he cute?

My Ginger Hunk is not a man who sleeps on flights, so check him out above.

They also give you a snuggly doona and a comfortable cushion. (Third fist pump.)

In the land of nod. So happy.

In the land of nod. So happy.

Entertainment: You can rent a little ipad dooby wacker from AirAsia if you like, and you get the best deal if you book this with your ticket. Because I married a gadget man, we prefer to deck out our ipad with our own movies and tv shows. Personally, I like to spend our long haul flights trapping the Ginger Hunk to talk about the future, and he tries to ignore me. The kid next to us had said ipad, and while he was not screaming, it seemed to work pretty well from where I was watching.

Food: This part of the journey was a bit of a let down. We were given guava juice on arrival on the aircraft, which was a nice touch, and unlimited water throughout the flight. The rest you had to purchase unless you pre booked a meal. We had booked one main meal each. My vegetable birayani was a bit on the small side, with three pieces of cauliflower and a small serving of rice. We ordered some more food later on which was the standard fare.

Verdict: We arrived at Kuala Lumper feeling happy, rested and a lot less frazzled than we would from our usual economy class journey. It’s also nice to get off the plane first. (Fourth first pump.) And we also got our bags first. (Fifth fist pump.) While the AirAsia business class can’t be compared to an airline offering a full service with all the food and trimmings, I would recommend it for the amazing space and comfort that the flat bed brings.

Booking tip: AirAsia also offers a service called Option Town when you book a flight with them. They will email this to you a couple of weeks before you leave. You pay an amount on your credit card, and if there are spare seats on the flight, they will upgrade you to a flatbed or book out the seat in the middle of you.  If the flight is full, they refund your money!

We always fly AirAsia to get to tropical destinations.  

Check out how in our Travel Beach Series 

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