Should You Fly With A Cat Or Leave Them At Home?

You might have heard that traveling with a cat can be a real hassle and they really hate to do it. You are also not wrong. However is it wise to travel with your cat on an airplane or should you just leave them home?

To answer this it depends on your specific cat. If you have trained them to be used to traveling or they don’t mind traveling naturally then its fine to travel with them and they might even enjoy it.

If they really hate traveling no matter what you have tried to do its best to leave them home or with a friend but there are ways around this if you don’t really have a choice.

I Want To Travel But I Don’t Want To Bring My Cat

Its understandable that if you want to travel you wouldn’t want to bring your cat since it can be a real pain bringing them along. Fortunately, even if you have a cat you don’t have to worry about giving up travel. Here are some ways that you can get around this.

1: Take Them To A Trusted Friends House

If you have a good friends that doesn’t mind taking care of your cat for a while this is a great way you can travel without bringing them with you. Your cat might have to get used to their place but they will eventually calm down and settle in their place.

I also have an article about this here “Can I Bring My Kitten To My Friends House?“.

2: Get A Pet Sitter

Another way that you can do this is hire a pet sitter to take of them for you. This is a good idea if your cat has a lot of anxiety leaving your house. Your friend could also periodically go to your house rather than sitting at your home all day if you don’t like them at your house for that much time.

Do Cats Get Lonely When You Go On Vacation?

Cats like any other animal if they are left alone for a while can get lonely so you should have someone watch them so they don’t feel this way or get bored. Some breeds get more lonely than others. These include:

  • Scottish Fold
  • Ragdoll
  • Birman
  • Sphynx

Some Closing Tips When Leaving Them At Home When Traveling

You might also want to do things like leave unwashed clothes around since familiar smells can help them stay relaxed when you are gone. You can also set up webcams if you want to interact with your cat while you are gone which can make them feel less lonely.

An automatic food dispenser also wouldn’t hurt either if by some chance your pet sitter forgets to feed them. Lastly, having emergency contact information is also advisable.


Whether you want to travel with your cat on a plane or you want to go on your trip without them you can do this easily with a little knowledge and planning. If you want to know how to fly with them you can read my article about that here “How To Travel With A Cat On A Plane“.