Is it possible to take cats on holiday with you?

Discussion in 'Cat Chat' started by Amethyst, May 3, 2011.

  1. Amethyst

    Amethyst PetForums VIP

    Jun 16, 2010
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    As title says really?

    Do you think it is possible to take a cat on holiday with you when you stay in a cottage or if you own your own static caravan?
  2. MoggyBaby

    MoggyBaby PetForums VIP

    Mar 8, 2011
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    I have known people who have trained their cats to go out & about with them the same way you would a dog, so I can't see why not.

    If you can train to a harness & leash, I'd say you were halfway there.

    I think it also depends on the temprament (sp?) of the cat too. Some cats just wouldn't go on this, others would love it.

    There is a gentleman who regularly posts from the Far East - can't think of his name but it starts with an S (Shalleeng?) - and he is always telling stories, and posting pics, of him out and about with his cats & birds. Even on the beach by the seaside!!! :eek:

    If you can find him here, I'd sure he'd happily give you a few pointers on how get your cats to adapt to this sort of life. :)
  3. CandyApocalypse

    CandyApocalypse PetForums Member

    Feb 8, 2011
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    I can actually answer this (yay). I was looking at holidays recently and in quite a few places, there were certain cottages that accept pets such as cats and dogs. I think what they do is basically set aside some cottages to be pet friendly and rent them out. If it helps, I could probably look out my info on which places accept them.

    As for a caravan, again, I found a few caravans you could rent that accepted cats, I can't see why if you own your own static caravan and the cat remains in it, how it could be a problem, but as I always say, it doesn't hurt to phone a campsite and ask :)

    If it is whether the cat would like it, then I think as long as you were around, they'd probably be okay, especially if it was your own caravan, as you could get them used to it before you go by giving them little trips to it in order to roam around. Just take some of their fave toys, a bed etc so they have some familiar smells.
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  4. KittehNom

    KittehNom PetForums Member

    Apr 26, 2011
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    I have been thinking about this as well and was told it is possible. But something to consider is that if you are renting out a cottage that has previously been let to other animal owners, then it may have been rented out to dog owners and that could cause your cats some distress because of the smells.

    I spoke to my breeder about this as I was thinking about traveling to shows with my new Birman for example and was wanting to stay in hotels for a night maybe to save long drives back on the same day, but she said that she had had some problems staying in hotel rooms where the smell of previous pets (particularly dogs) was still lingering.

    Other than that, go for it! :)
  5. lulubel

    lulubel PetForums Senior

    Apr 28, 2011
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    We've stayed in self catering properties several times with our cats. (They are indoor cats, which I think probably makes it easier.)

    Our experience is that they take a while to settle down, as they would in any strange environment. It isn't worth going away for any less than a week. You need to spend a lot more time in than you might on a normal holiday, but if you're happy to just lounge around reading with your cats snuggled around you, you'll probably all be very happy.

    I'd recommend taking throws to cover all the soft furnishings. One place we stayed had had hairy dogs on the furniture, but once it was covered with our throws the cats weren't bothered by it. We've found they've taken to some places better than others, and there doesn't seem to be any reason for it, although small places that they can explore quickly seem to work better. We stayed in a lovely little cottage in the New Forest that they loved, and the same with a small gite in France.

    Make sure you check the place thoroughly before you let them out because they will look for hiding places. Narrow gaps beside the fridge that allow access under the kitchen cupboards are a favourite of ours!

    We've also stayed for single nights in hotels, and it's OK, but we make sure someone is in the room with them at all times. They probably won't sleep much because they'll be too busy exploring, so you'll probably be tired the next morning! I treat hotels as a break for the cats on long journeys rather than a break for me.

    We travelled from the far west of Cornwall to Folkestone, then all the way down across France and Spain a couple of years ago with them (breaking the trip in the middle with a 2 week stay in France), and they handled it well. I don't think I'd want to do it again, though. I've never been so tired in my life!
  6. popoki

    popoki PetForums Member

    Dec 28, 2010
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    I just said to my OH at the weekend, 'do think we could take the cats away for a week in a camper van?' We'd definitely be up for it if we thought the cats would be too!

    Obviously they'd have to be happily harness trained and confident cats, but too early to say with Kiki if she'd like it or not. Her harness training isn't going too well though, she just lies on her side and rolls over and over and over when it's on. :cryin:

    On the other hand, knowing the british weather, the idea of being stuck in a campervan with the OH and two hyperactive abyssinians for a week, I might prefer a trip to a health spa on my own!

    eta: thanks for that post lulubel - very interesting!

    SANDRA BIS PetForums Newbie

    Mar 19, 2014
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    We adopted Winnie last year and she is a indoor cat. Never been out apart from a couple of trips to the vet. We are going on holiday in July, renting a cottage on Scottish Borders. Journey is approx 245 miles. I had a job trying to find holiday homes that accept smaller pets i.e cats, rabbits etc but eventually found a site. Why does everyone assume that pet friendly accomodation should only be for dogs? Couldn't bear the thought of her being left here on her on as the only person we could get to pop in would be our daughter but she is having a baby in June so will be quite busy!! And I would not consider a cattery as I think that would just traumatise her and she would be totally stressed out ( I know I would be worrying about her) so we are taking her with us. My son will be driving and our grandaughter is also coming with us. I hope she will be okay and it doesn't stress her out but I think it might be better for her than being left here alone for a week. She is never in the house on her own for more than 2-4 hours at a time and that is just on odd occasions, not every day. She sleeps in bed with me every night and spends most of her days sleeping in her wee bed in the sitting room in front of the stove. We are taking her bed, the fleece she likes to lie on and other bits with her and hope she will settle and sleep when we are out and about on the holiday. It is a very difficult situation knowing what to do best for her but we also can't put out lives on hold and never have a holiday again either.
  8. ForeverHome

    ForeverHome PetForums VIP

    Jan 14, 2014
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    How long did it take her to settle when you first adopted her?

    I would count pretty much the same time for her to destress at this holiday place.

    If you have a cat that is used to going different places, they can adapt very quickly, but if the cat hid under the bed for a week when you got it, it's likely to do the same in the holiday cottage. One of mine could happily go on holiday, the other one totally rules out the idea.
  9. sante

    sante PetForums Senior

    Oct 4, 2013
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    Rosie (my 4 year old cat) and I are on holiday together next week for a week at the seaside :) We are staying in an apartment.
    #9 sante, Mar 20, 2014
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  10. Jiskefet

    Jiskefet Slave to the Hairy Hikers

    May 15, 2011
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    Before I got Steffie and Tuppence from their previous ownder, who was moving to an apartment and didn't want to force her - very outdoorsy - cats to become indoor only, they would accompany their owner on holiday. They had a static caravan, and they always took the cats along. they kept them on a leash at first and took them for walks on the camp site, but on later holidays they had the run of the camp site.

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