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Taking your cat on public transport

Tips for travel

Cats can and do travel by public transport with their owners. Follow these tips for safe trips:

  • The key to a successful journey by public transport is security. Don't be tempted to travel with a cat on a harness or lead - most cats would feel far too vulnerable, panic and end up being lost or injured.
  • Line your cat carrier with absorbent material in case the cat urinates. Put something in it that smells of home as a comfort to your cat and make sure the carrier is enclosed or covered to reduce stress.
  • If possible, avoid travelling at peak times.
  • Try not to swing the carrier around as you walk. Carriers with handles at either end are more balanced, giving the cat a more comfortable journey.
  • Check in advance to find out if you will need a separate ticket for your feline companion.

Lost cat

What should you do if you happen to find a cat wandering alone around public transport areas?

  • Mention it to the conductor or driver in case the cat is a regular or belongs to the station staff.
  • If you are travelling on a train, report it to the ticket sales booth or to ticket inspectors.
  • If the cat appears to be distressed or is trapped, call the transport police or RSPCA immediately. 
  • It is not advisable to take the cat home, but if you do, the ICC suggest you report your find to the local police and take him to a local vet to be scanned for a microchip.