What to do with cat or dog when you travel.


Most people are pet lovers and I’m no exception. I want to sincerely believe that most of us are responsible and take good care of their little fluffy friends. But unfortunately, some people adopt pets spontaneously, just because they feel lonely at that moment or just because their kids want it… . Or… Or… Or… 

Sadly, people never think about “what will I do if…”. One of the “what if” situations are going on the trip. At that point questions appear about what to do with cat/dog/rabbit/fish etc. 

Here are some ideas on what to do with your beloved pets when you are travelling: 

Take your pets with you on the trip. 

On some trips, specifically now with a staycation, you can definitely take a dog/cat with you on the trip. Some pets absolutely happy to go to adventure with their owners. 

Some hotels are pet friendly, but a charge may apply. 

The only inconvenient but manageable thing might be like limited options for a hotel or restaurants or even visiting friends or your friends might have their own pets, health problems, etc. 

But if you make a plan, including options and activities for your pets, then this will be a good option and you can have fun together.

House visits. 

This is a good option, especially for cats or small pets. Your friend or family members can come to your home to check, play, feed and clean after your pets. For cats and small animals coming once a day for 1-1. 5 hours will be enough. With dogs need to come at least twice a day. 

However, this option suitable only if you go for short periods of time. Yes, your pets still live in their home and usual environment, but, they will miss you. 

Friends and Family. 

Probably, this is the best option if your friend or family members can stay at your place and take care of your pets. In this case your pets will feel more comfortable and not so lonely.


The kennel is more expensive, but a good alternative option. Perhaps, the new environment might be a little more stressful for your pets, but they will be under surveillance 24 hours and the workers will take good and proper care of your pets. 

Do your research and find a good kennel or Kitty’s hotel which will provide your cat or dog a cozy and comfortable stay. 

Tips on how to choose a Kennel and what to ask: 

  • Don’t choose Kennel with a cage. You don’t want your pets stay in the cage, with very limited space the whole day. This is a bad option. 
  • Choose a kennel with a room and if possible with a window or deck. 
  • Check if the kennel’s owner has security & smoke alarms, good ventilation system and  monitor room 24/7. 
  • Ask if workers will play and groom your pet. 
  • Ask if the kennel has a good pet’s playground. 
  • Ask if they are able to give medication or supplements or insulin shots to your pet, if needed. Extra charge might apply. 
  • Ask what kennel will provide and what you have to bring. 
  • Don’t forget to ask what kind of vaccine your pet should have and do it in advance. Some  animals can have an allergic reaction or feel a little bit sick after being vaccinated. 
  • Trim pet’s nails, comb well and clean ears  before boarding.

What to bring to the Kennel: 

  • Most likely you have to bring vaccination records 
  • Enough wet and dry food  
  • Treats 
  • T-shirt, special toy or small blanket that smells like home 
  • Favorite brush or comb. 
  • Bring medications or hairball paste if required to perform these  procedures 
  • Emergency contact information 
  • Your vet contact information 
  • Your contact phone number 

Pet sitter 

Another option is to find a pet sitter. It’s more complicated because you will need to find a trusted person, but I guess if you put lots of effort into it you might find a good pet sitter.

First, I would ask your vet to recommend someone. Sometimes they know pet sitters and also know pet’s owner feedback, which is very important. 

Look for an agency who provides these services or some retired people might do it for fun or modest pay. 

Questions to ask at interview with the pet sitter: 

  • What types of animals have you worked with before? 
  • Do you have any formal or informal training in animal care or behavior, relationship with any other animal professionals, such as dog trainers or veterinarians? 
  • How long have you been doing this? 
  • Why did you choose this career? 
  • Do you use contracts? Can I see the contract? Note: A pet-sitter who does not use contracts is usually not a professional. 
  • Are you insured? Note: A sitter who has no insurance may not take their job seriously since some risk might occur in pet sitting. 
  • How do you manage behavioral problems? What if my pet behaves aggressively or pets get into a fight? How do you manage these situations and get pets to behave? 
  • Are you knowledgeable about pet health? Do you know the signs of an emergency and what will you do if an emergency occure?
  • What specific duties will you fulfill, and how much will it cost?
  •  Can you meet with my pets and me in advance?
  • Can I see a list of references? 

I hope this information was helpful.

Whatever option you will choose, please be responsible and don’t leave your pets at home alone or even worst throw out them on the streets.  

Remember, you have whole word, but they have only you!  

Be responsible! 

Thomas and Molly

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15 thoughts on “What to do with cat or dog when you travel.

  1. Very excellent advice, Angela and you’re right, too many people decide to get pets without thinking through the responsibilities. I have had cats for a long time and was always able to have someone I knew well come to my place to care for them when I was away. I was very fortunate to have great animal lover friends who actually enjoyed themselves and entertained the cats. Sometimes I think the cats were more spoiled! When I left Washington State to come back to NY, I still had 13 cats, including the “leftover” foster kitties. People wanted me to find homes or take them to a shelter but there was no way that was going to happen. When I took the cats in I always intended to be responsible for them, no matter what. So two of the cats flew with me and the rest were driven in 2 SUVs which took about 36 hours. It was expensive but I would never ship a pet in the hold of an aircraft, under any circumstances. I saw what happened to some of those animals and it was so sad.. My little convoy arrived safely, having been pampered all the way! Thank you for caring so much!

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    1. I absolutely admire what you are doing and how you help people and cats. You have a very kind heart!
      I’m very responsible for my cats too, and always find a way how to take care of them while I’m on vacation.. Pets part of the family….. we have to be responsible.
      Thanks a lot for sharing your story!

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    1. O I know that look 😀😀 my previous cat (she passed away) ignore my husband for whole week 😀….. but what can you do….. good to find someone who can help. Right ?

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  2. Awesome advice, Angela. I always left my pets with family members along with their food, kennel, bed, snacks, play-toys, ect. But I loved the other bits of advice as well. Next time, I might try a pet-sitter!

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  3. Interesting article.
    First when I read your blog name, I laugh a lot. Suitcase travel blog. It funny name.

    Your articles really inspiring me.
    Keep rocking.
    And enjoy your weekend.

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    1. Perhaps Suitcase unusual name for the blog, but for me a suitcase is associated not only as travel accessory, but also as the accumulation of knowledge and life experience.
      I’m very glad that I inspired you and it brings me more motivation for improvement.
      Have a great weekend as well!

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  4. How very civilized! I love to think of Roman cats living well and protected by law. In the days when I travelled, the most I ever had was one cat and I always had minders that I knew and trusted. Often someone whose cats I would look after when they went away. Every trip I took I always looked out for animals I could talk to. In Tunisia the hotel garden was full of cats that had meals served up regularly. One kitten followed us into our room and I so wanted to bring it home! Are those your cats? They are beautiful.

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    1. Thank you!
      I am a cat lover, just like you. I would adopt all of them, if I can.🙂
      Yes, these are my cats: Thomas and Molly. We adopted them. Thomas was thrown outside in a box at -40 C, Molly was a feral cat. She lived in a shelter for 2 years and no one pet her. We spent almost 1 year just touching her. And we spent 2 weeks introducing Thomas to Molly. Now they are big friends.


  5. Isn’t it amazing, the thoughtless way people treat animals? But your two obviously found themselves a good home. How nice that they are friends now. It can take time and patience, especially ferals. They are lovely.

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