Sedating cats for travel
If you wish to take your cat on a train/car or air journey you will have to ensure it is safely and comfortably secure in an appropriate carrier and is kept confined at the end of the journey, at least until it has become bonded to the new territory.
Of course you get the occasional cat which travels frequently with its owner and does not panic or run off in a new environment, however, these are few and far between.
Most airlines do not allow cats to travel with their owners and have to travel in a special part of the hold which is heated and pressurised.
Most cats do travel well but it is not recommended to send a pregnant cat or kittens under three months old.
This may also affect the timing of the flight you choose.
You will probably be able to keep the cat in its carrier on your lap depending on the type of train and the space available.
Make it a pleasant place to be – feed the cat treats inside it and make a cosy bed of familiar smelling bedding which can be used on the journey.
Leave the door open and encourage the cat to go in and out and to sleep in it.
Put the car in the shade and leave windows open – if it is very hot take a picnic and eat it nearby with the cat secure in its carrier outside the car or with all the doors open. Obviously if you are travelling by train you will need a very secure carrier which the cat cannot possibly escape from, but one which is also light enough to carry.
You may want one with a solid base in case the cat urinates so that it does not soil the railway carriage.