If you’re planning on traveling with your cat this summer, there many important things to keep in mind. Your pet’s first flight can be a somewhat traumatic experience.
Here are some tips to help your cat have a safe flying experience:
Book Early- Most airlines have their own pet policies, so it is important to find out what their rules are in regards to traveling with your pet.
Visit The Veterinarian- It is important to make an appointment with your pet’s veterinarian for a check-up and make sure all vaccinations are up to date. Obtain a health certificate from your veterinarian dated within 10 days of departure.
Buy a Carrier- Carriers are available in both hard-sided and soft-sided. Soft-sided carriers are more suitable for carry-on and tend to fit better under the seat, but they're only permitted in the cabin only. To make sure the carrier will fit under the seat on your flight check the size restrictions of the airline in our Airline Pet Policies section.
After you've purchased an appropriate carrier, write your cat’s name on it and include identification tags with your home address and phone number as well as the address and phone number of someone who can be reached at your destination. Carry a current photograph of your pet as well. If they are lost during the trip, a photograph will make it much easier for airline employees or the local authorities to search effectively.
Take a Test Drive- Animals travel under less stress when they are accustomed to their carrier before they travel. In the weeks prior to your trip, put your cat in his/her carrier as often as possible for trips around town.