Air Travel With Your Cat

Air travel with your cat

If you are flying, you will want to check with the airline and the destination to which you are traveling about requirements such as Acclimation Certificate, Health Certificate and examination, testing and vaccination status.

Smaller pets that meet airline size and weight requirements are sometimes allow to travel in the cabin, though they must be in an airline approved carrier.

Make sure the crate is airline approved. The crate must be large enough for your cat to stand up, turn around and lie down easily. Buy the crate well in advance of your flight so you can work on getting him/her accustomed to it.

Pack a blanket for your cat. Generally, they can go a few hours with no food or water so take this into consideration before you put food and water that may spill in the crate with your pet. Remember to ID your crate with your full information.

Travel Checklist

  • Secure collar or harness with ID tags
  • Leash
  • Crate or carrier
  • Litter box/poop bags
  • Food, water, snacks
  • Medications and copies of written prescriptions
  • Examination, testing and vaccination records (proof of Rabies)
  • List of animal hospitals (included ER) in the destination area
  • First aid kit
  • Familiar blanket/toy
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