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Cats are a stickler for habits. Shake up their
ordinary routine, and you will have a scared and anxious cat on your hands. If
you want to fly your cat with you to another state/country, you need to invest
time and effort beforehand to prepare your cat for this air travel. Airlines
and flight attendants are perfectly capable of assisting cat parents on their
trips, but as the pet parent, you must be aware and providing of your feline's
physical and emotional needs. You could use a sedative to calm your cat down.
However, this is unnecessary in most cases as cats do surprisingly well with
air travel, with a little prior training and preparation.
to prepare your cat for flying
the right carrier – You need to pick a spacious and
comfortable cat carrier for your pet. Hopefully, not the one you take it to the
vet in. Call up the airline services or visit their website to learn about the
necessary size and material allowances for cat carriers, so you don’t have to
suffer last minute.
between cabin and cargo hold – Any pet parent would
choose to carry their cat with them in the cabin. It's understandable, but some
airline policies dictate that cat can only be carried as part of cargo luggage.
If this is the case, get your cat a well-cushioned and ventilated spacious
carrier where it wouldn't mind spending time in. Also, always label the sides
of the carrier appropriately to let the handlers know that there's a live
animal inside. That way, they won’t be rough while handling it. You can also
mention your contact information on these labels.
careful when booking your flight – You want a flight
which allows pets to be carried as cabin luggage. Ask all the do’s and don’ts
before boarding your flight. Make sure you carry all required documents
authenticating your cat and its travel with you. You should also expect to pay
an extra charge for being allowed to carry a live animal as part of your cabin
proper identity markers on your cat – If your cat is
traveling in the cargo hold, there are chances it might get lost just like
luggage routinely does from airline cargo services. Besides labeling your cat's
carrier, get your cat to wear a collar, which you can use to identify them.
Nowadays, modern technology enables you to track your pet by installing a
microchip on their person. If you're willing to spend extra, this might be a
handy tool to keep your pet safe while taking it for air-travel.
Planning to fly with
your cat? Do keep the above suggestions in mind.