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Travelling with cats is usually pretty simple, but there are a few arrangements you should make before you and your feline companion both set out.

Cat car travel

Whenever you travel with your cat in the car, it's very important that you use a secure cat carrier that's easy for you to clean should she need the toilet. Travelling with a cat loose in the car poses a distraction risk to you as a driver, and leaves her capable of escaping or falling out if a window or door is left open.

Can I take my cat on a train?

All train operators have their own rules regarding taking your cat with you on trains. Contact them directly to discuss if your cat is able to travel with you on the train.

With the exception of the Eurostar, some train operating companies do allow you to bring cats (and other pets) on board in accordance with the following regulations:

 

  • You can take on up to two cats free of charge. They will need to be contained in a cage or basket no larger than 85 x 60 x 60cm, and will need to be able to lie down and stand up easily inside
  • No animals are allowed in catering carriage (except for assistance and guide dogs)
  • Most animals are not allowed in sleeper carriages
  • Travelling with more than two pets may incur an additional charge that should not exceed more than 50% of the value of your adult ticket. Charges are set by the individual train companies 
Can I take my cat on a plane?

All airlines have their own rules regarding taking your cat with you on planes. Contact the airline directly to discuss if your cat is able to travel with you on the plane. Cats are usually not permitted to travel with you on plane journeys and will have to travel in a designated part of the plane along with other travelling pets. Make sure you plan well in advance if you want to travel with your cat, and ensure you have a pet passport. For more information on travelling abroad with your pet head over to
gov.uk/take-pet-abroad.

Cat sedatives for travelling

Some cats are bad traveller and can become agitated or sick during long journeys. If you know your cat is a bad traveller, or if you suspect she might be, contact your vet for advice. 

The content of these pages is for general information only. It does not constitute advice and must not be acted or relied on as being so. Veterinary advice should always be sought before applying this or any other information to any facts and circumstances concerning each individual pet.

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