A successful flight with a cat begins long before the day of travel. It requires planning and preparation in order to make the experience as enjoyable as possible for both you and your ca
Do your homework with the airline. Confirm that your cat can travel in the airplane cabin under the seat in front of you. Identify with your airline the precise weight requirements and dimensions under the airline seat as this will dictate the size of your transport carrier. Determine what paperwork you must have in preparation for travel including vaccination records and a health certificate for travel.
Acquire your cat’s travel carrier well in advance of your trip. Consider a soft-sided travel carrier as it is more “forgiving” for fitting under the airline seat space. Teach your cat that the carrier is a great everyday place to hang out; feeding your cat in the carrier can help create a positive association. Always have the carrier open and available in your home and make it as inviting as possible.
Practice entry and exit from the carrier to make it as routine a process as possible – this will be important during security screening.
Once your cat’s flight reservation is made, schedule a visit with your veterinarian close to the date of travel. Most airlines require a valid health certificate for travel completed by your veterinarian in order for your cat to fly with you.
Be sure all relevant vaccinations are up to date and be sure to have your cat’s rabies vaccination certificate handy when traveling.
Some airlines restrict how many pets may travel in the cabin or on a particular flight, and they may have certain flights on which no pets can fly in the cabin. Book your travel early to ensure a spot for your cat. When choosing your seat, be aware that you will not be able to sit in an exit row nor against a bulkhead (there must be a seat in front of you for the carrier). Try to travel non-stop if possible as layovers and transfers only add to what will be a long day for both you and your cat.
Your cat’s travel carrier must go through the luggage X-ray screening device at the airport, and your cat cannot, so you will have to carry her in your arms through the human screening device. She should be wearing a firm-fitting harness with a leash attached to prevent escape, and you should follow these steps:
Remove your cat from the carrier and send the carrier through the X-ray machine.
Once you are through the screening with your cat, find the carrier and safely reposition your cat inside before gathering your belongings.
The Federal Aviation Administration requires that pets in the airplane cabin remain secured in their carriers throughout the duration of the flight.
Traveling on an empty stomach minimizes the risk of nausea and vomiting, so withhold breakfast on the day of travel. Line the carrier with an absorbent “puppy potty pad” in case your cat needs to urinate or defecate during travel. Carry extra pads as well as a couple of zip-lock bags, some paper towels, and a few pairs of latex gloves for any necessary cleanup and containment of a mess. Carry some of your cat’s food with you, a water bottle and bowl, and do not forget to bring any medications she takes.
With some advance planning, attention to detail, and consultation with your veterinarian, flying with your cat can be as “smooth as silk”!
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