Written by Doris Donnerman (last updated February 17, 2009)
Whenever you travel with a pet, it usually ends up resembling taking a whole other family member with you. You have to pack extra food, bedding, a crate possibly, toys—it really is just like taking another child along! Traveling can be stressful enough in and of itself, and you want to minimize your stress as much as possible. There are a couple of ways to ensure that, and one of them is to pack a little litter tray when traveling with your cat—that way you won't be caught unawares when your cat really needs it!
It's definitely a good idea to carry a litter tray with you whenever you travel with your cat. This way you can always be prepared. You can find mini litter trays at any pet store, but if you're tight for cash or just don't want to buy an extra little litter box, there are a couple of different options you can try. You can take a heavy duty box with you; if you do that you'll want the box to be a bit bigger and not flimsy. You can also run to Target or Wal-Mart and pick up a small shallow Tupperware, and use that as your transportable litter box.
When you bring your little litter tray, you need to also bring some kitty litter to put in the box when need be. All you have to do is keep a Ziplock bag filled with the kitty litter in the makeshift litter box. This is probably one of the easiest things to do to prepare for trips with your cat. Whenever you stop to get gas, to get lunch, or to run to the bathroom, take out the little litter tray and the kitty litter, and give your cat a chance to do its business before the next leg of the trip.
Cats can get uncomfortable just like you and your kids can; you don't want your cat going in the car, and so making a travel sized litter box is the perfect solution. It's so convenient and so easy, giving you the opportunity to relax more during your car ride. Road trips can be exhausting, especially when you have a family, and that exhaustion can only be intensified with having to worry about giving your cat bathroom breaks. Make it easier on yourself and put together your mini litter box!
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