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Unfortunately, there’s not always a straightforward answer to this question…
Do hotels allow cats?
Yes and no.
Some hotels have very welcoming, inclusive pet policies. Other hotels don’t.
Is it possible for you to find somewhere for your cat to sleep when you’re traveling?
Absolutely, but it might take some research first. Some hotel chains like Kimpton have a blanket policy of accepting all animals including cats. Other hotels might say they’re pet-friendly when really, they mean dog-friendly.
Why Do Hotels Accept Dogs but Not Cats?
Cat urine is likely to be one reason. It has a very strong smell that can be difficult to remove from carpet, bedding and furnishings. Hotels are probably worried that a cat might scratch or claw furniture as a way of territory marking, too. Whilst it’s frustrating that so few hotels are willing to accommodate cats, it’s easy to understand why from a business perspective.
Don’t Assume All Hotel Chains Have the Same Policy
Hotel chains often have different policies for different properties. Part of the reason it’s a difficult question is that hotel chains can have different policies for each property they own. What you were allowed to do at a Marriot in Dallas might not be allowed at the Boston Marriot.
Our biggest piece of advice is don’t assume they do.
It takes a few minutes to call up a hotel to ask and check. It’ll save you a lot of wasted time second-guessing information online that can quickly become outdated (this post included). Imagine how annoying it would be to turn up with your cat in its carrier only to be turned away by someone on reception.
Be Prepared to Pay Extra
A hotel that allows cats may ask you to pay an additional fee. We’ve seen charges range from $10 up to $100. If there’s no extra charge, then you might be asked for a refundable deposit in case of any damage. Double-check with the hotel before booking so you know exactly what you’re going to pay.
Staying with the Cat
Some hotels stipulate that you have to be in the room with the cat at all times. Obviously, this isn’t a problem if you’re just taking a break during a long overnight drive but if it’s a longer stay and you’re traveling alone, it might be inconvenient. Some hotels will allow a cat to be left by itself in the room if it’s secured inside a carrier. Of course, leaving a cat alone in a hotel room may not be the most sensible course of action on your part, either. Whatever you decide to do, always make sure you have your pets best interests at heart.
Honestly, we’re not trying to be deliberately vague with our information; it’s just how varied animal policies can be.
You Might Need to Change Your Own Towels
Housekeeping probably won’t clean your room if there’s an animal inside. You might be able to get away with it if the cat is kept in its carrier or if you can shut it in the bathroom whilst they’re cleaning, but it’s probably easier to keep housekeeping out of the room. This reduces the risk of a cat escaping when a door is left open. It also prevents your cat from being exposed to any industrial cleaning products which will likely be stronger and used more vigorously than they’re used to at home.
US Hotels that Allow Cats
- Hotel Indigo
- Staybridge Suites
- Loews hotels (for a fee)
- Motel 6
- Quality Inns
- Red Roof Inn
- Westin Hotels
Again, please check before booking in case things have changed. You can visit the Trips with Pets website for a list of pet-friendly hotels by state. Remember again that pet-friendly doesn’t always include cats, so always be specific about the type of animal that you’re bringing into the establishment.
Hotels in the UK that Accept Cats
Travelodge in the UK allow cats. They’re proudly pet-friendly and confirm this on their website. They have over 550 hotels in the UK, Ireland and Spain. We’ve stayed with them a number of times (although, never with a cat), and whilst some are a little aged or tired with limited facilities, others have been friendly, comfortable hotels with an on-site restaurant and bar. Catch a good deal in a sale and they’re very affordable, too.
Days Inn by Wyndham allows pets to stay for a £10 fee but double-check in case that’s changed since this article was posted.
AirBnB might give you more choice and often in rural areas the homes are pet-friendly.
Do Hotels Accept Cats? Questions to Ask Before Booking
- Can I bring my cat?
- Does your pet-friendly policy include cats?
- How many cats are allowed per room?
- Do you charge extra for animals?
- Do you have animal-friendly facilities (some hotels provide beds and room service…seriously!)
- Will housekeeping know there’s a live animal in my room?
- Am I OK to go out and leave the cat in the room?
There’s a good chance that you’ll find somewhere to stay with your cat but it might take some additional research in order to find them, but do this before you travel.
The links included in this post should help give you an idea of what’s available but don’t book anything until you’ve double-checked with the hotel first.