Flying with your cat for the first time can feel like a daunting challenge to take on!
You may worry endlessly and spend sleepless nights wondering-
- How do you keep your pet baby safe?
- Will they get anxious?
- Cabin or cargo, Where will they travel?
Put all your fears to rest with these simple tips and make your flight a pleasant for you and your cat!
- Requirements can vary for Airlines – Each airline can have its own unique requirements – some allow only a few numbers of pets to be taken on the cabin which might also include size and weight requirements. Call your airline and make sure of these requirements. Also, book early enough so your pet can travel in the cabin with you if their size and weight permit it. Regardless of the unique requirements, there are certain things that are mandatory like, getting a health check-up done a few days prior to traveling and bringing the medical certificate with you during boarding. You can also call the airlines to inquire about the process of pre-boarding if they permit it and make the process quicker for your pet. Make sure you carry the right kind of carrier for your cat as per the rules of the airlines.
- Cabin or Cargo – It is definitely a better option to have your cat travel in the cabin with you but it depends on the size and weight of your cat and whether the airline allows it at all. Check-in with the airlines about the size requirements or the carrier regardless of whether your cat is allowed in the cabin or not. Cargo traveling can be a little difficult for your cat. So, make sure to keep your cat comfortable with her favorite treats, food, and a water bowl. You could also spread a quick-absorbing pee cloth in case your cat needs to pee. Most pet stores sell them!
- Carrier and Harness Training – Make sure your carrier fits the airline requirements. If you need to buy a new one, let your cat get used to it for a few days prior to flying. Keep it comfortable with their blankets and toys so that they’re encouraged to go in. This is a good way to build a positive association with the carrier. Pet carriers need to go through the X-ray security scan. This will require you to take your cat out and put a harness securely against its neck. Make sure you train your cat to not bolt for it. If your cat is the anxious kind, make sure you figure out what gesture comforts them. Make sure to buy an anti-anxiety spray and spray it on their muzzle before putting them in the carrier.
- The Day of the Flight – Make sure you don’t feed your cat for a few hours before the flight in case she gets motion sickness. Keep treats and enough water inside the carrier in case she’s subject to unfamiliar sounds and sights. Once you’re off the flight, hold your cat close and give her some cuddles if she likes. Give them some more treats and you’re good to go.
Reach out to the expert veterinarians at Texas Wellness Spay and Neuter Clinic for a health check-up prior to flying for your cats!