Cats 101

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Our Cats 101 section is brimming over with helpful tips for taking your cat on a trip and choosing the best pet accessories for your home. We'll steer you towards the best options for beds, collars, carriers and all sorts of kitty gear, and assist you in everything from picking out the best cat litter to decoding pet insurance lingo or choosing your next pet's name! Read up on the documents you'll need for your next international trip with your cat or get advice from the pros on taking the perfect cat picture. Your cat deserves the best and we're here to help with Cats 101.

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Don't Settle For the First Place When Boarding

I spent a long time looking at different places online and visited two in person before making a decision. The first place smelled really bad, was tiny, and the lady that ran it was out running errands more than she was there so I thought I'd better keep looking. Look for a place that strives for a flea-free environment and requires cats to be up to date on their shots. Ask how long the cats will be allowed out and make sure you get a straight answer.

Carrie A., owner of a Bengal

Where to Get Tranqulizers for Air Travel

I would definitely get tranquilizers from the vet as opposed to one from the pet store because pet store stuff usually isn't strong enough and sometimes the all-natural stuff can be harmful if the dosage is wrong. Will your cat be flying in the luggage area? If so, I think a tranquilizer is necessary because the luggage area is loud and noisy and sometimes very cold and dangerous. The atmosphere is not as well regulated as the cabin. If at all possible, I'd see if you can have Kitty be your "carry-on" luggage because there have been several pet deaths for pets kept in the luggage area (poor air in area, bad handling from workers, shock or fear tumbling around in the area during turbulence, simply getting lost just like luggage does). If she's riding in the cabin a calming agent or mild sedative would be good but I think that's all.

Calindy M., owner of a Domestic Shorthair

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