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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
Steps to prepare your cat for flying
Choosing 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.
Picking 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
cats 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. 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.
Be careful when booking your flight – You want
a flight that allows pets to be carried as cabin luggage. Ask
all the dos 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
Put 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
Five Traveling Must-Haves for Your Cat
Traveling with your cat for the first time? We recommend starting
off the prep work by making a detailed list of the things you
might need to make the travel comfortable for your pet. After
all, you don’t want to go around fetching things while on the
road. Here is a list of the five traveling must-haves that will
keep your cat happy and safe throughout the trip.
Preparing a first-aid kit is non-negotiable when traveling with
your cat. In case there is a minor accident, causing injury to
the animal, you will be equipped to handle it without having to
make costly trips to the vet. In fact, a vet might not even be
accessible in that particular location. The first-aid kit must
include antiseptic, tweezers, and gauze. Consider downloading
first-aid apps for pets that might help you find the nearest
Food supplies You
definitely cannot travel with your cat without adequate food
supplies. If you have a sufficient stock of cat food, you will
not have to run around to refill the cat
food stash. Carrying food supplies is especially
useful for cats that have specific dietary needs. Your cat
might be consuming wet or raw food as a part of its daily diet.
In such a case, you will have to pack the food in an ice-filled
cooler. Carry additional dry
food to ensure that there is sufficient stock for your
Pet identification It
is crucial for your cat to adorn a proper collar that has an
identification tag throughout the trip. Ensure that the tag has
your contact number, address, and other details that might help
a stranger connect with you during your trip (hotels, lodges,
traveling number, and so on.) In addition to this, also keep an
up-to-date photograph of the cat with you at all times. In case
your cat gets lost, it will be much easier for somebody to
assist you in finding your pet.
carriers/harnesses Make sure that your cat stays in a
secure carrier if you’re traveling by road. For air travel,
carriers are mandatory for cat safety. Keep in mind that the
pet carrier needs to be smooth-edged and durable with a grill
door, ventilation holes, secure latch, and opaque sides.
supplies Other important miscellaneous traveling
supplies for cats include water bowls, food dishes, litter box,
bedding, grooming supplies, tags, and collars. Try avoiding the
summer heat and wait till fall if you wish to travel with your
cat. After all, you want to ensure that your beloved kitty is
comfortable and safe throughout the duration of the trip.