Search Add New Question I have a plane journey of 19 hours, and it is better to take the cat as carry-on and not put it in cargo. How should I deal with the cat while traveling? EmilyMadeliene Put blankets down on the bottom of the cage – and one over the top to block light and sound, if needed. Invest in hook-on food bowls. If your cat needs water, do not fill it all the way to the brim. When landing, you can soak up the water with a towel. Bring catnip or his/her favorite toys, and hold the cage as close as possible to you. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 14 What if my cat doesn’t let me put a leash on her? She barely lets me pick her up. wikiHow Contributor First, give her food from your hand. She will associate your hand with food. Repeat until trust is gained. Try to pet her with the food rewards and she will continue to associate your hands with food. Second, incorporate more and more touching and food-based rewards. Introduce the leash and let her examine it in her own way. Put it around her favorite areas so that she will be more comfortable with it. Finally, try to touch her with it, then move to putting on the leash. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 4 If I put him in the cargo hold do I still need the harness with leash? wikiHow Contributor The cat does not need to be leashed while in the carrier in the cargo area, but it’s best to have a harness and leash on hand in case you should need it. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 3 Helpful 11 What if I wanted to let the cat sit in the cargo and it is 14 hours’ flight, then 3 hours’ transit, and then 2 hours’ flight? What should I do for their feeding and drinking water? And how do they treat them in the cargo? wikiHow Contributor Cargo isn’t a good place for animals. It can get very hot or cold, and animals can be moved around during the flight. It can also scare them. Cargo is noisier than on the plane. If possible, try to find an airline that allows pets as a carry-on. Cats should meet any weight limit the airline has. While airlines won’t let you bring your cat out, you have access to your cat to make sure it’s okay. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 6 Helpful 15 Is it possible to send a cat on a flight without an accompanying passenger? wikiHow Contributor Yes, it is possible, but it will likely be quite difficult. You should consider that method a last resort option over other methods of transportation and/or sending the cat with a human passenger. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 0 Helpful 2 I’ve got two flights to take my cat on with an overnight stay. Do his ears pop like ours do? I cant find much information about it. wikiHow Contributor No, they don’t have the same ear structure we do, and they don’t have ear wax, so no, their ears don’t pop. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 7 How many kittens can I put in a carrier? wikiHow Contributor There should only be one in a carrier, as it will be too crowded if there will be more. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 3 I’m moving to a new country in a few years, and I want to take my older cat with me. I don’t want her to be stressed or scared on a 12-hour flight. What should I do to prepare her for this experience? wikiHow Contributor You could expose her to different environments that are safe and expose her to loud noises. Before the plane ride, you can gave her a drug to make her sleepy and calm. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 4 Helpful 5 Is it possible to travel with a pregnant cat or newborn kittens? wikiHow Contributor I don’t suggest it. The poor mother cat would be very stressed out, and a crate on a plane is not a unsuitable place to give birth. If you really have to travel, I suggest you leave the kitty with a trusted friend, and come back to a relaxed cat and her new kittens. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 1 Helpful 2 I fly a small plane. Can I put a cat in the back seat in a carrier? The engine noise is very loud. wikiHow Contributor The experience would be very very stressful for the cat, but it would probably be fine if the flight isn’t very long. Thanks! Yes No Not Helpful 5 Helpful 1 Show more answers
Bring a cat harness for airport security. Your cat’s travel carrier must go through the luggage x-ray screening device at the airport, but your cat cannot. So you will need to attach a harness to your cat with a leash to prevent him from escaping. You should then carry your cat in your arms through the human screening device. Before you take your cat out of the carrier, prepare yourself and your belongings for screening. Remove your shoes, toiletries, and electronics and place them in bins to go through the x-ray machine. Remove your cat from the carrier, keeping him in the harness, and send the carrier through the machine. Carry the cat as you go through the human screening device. Then, find the carrier and safely place your cat inside before gathering your belongings.
Cat Care Before and During the Flight Feed your cat about five hours before your time of departure. Do not give your cat water right before the flight. Instead, give your cat ice cubes or small sips of water toward the end of the flight. If your cat’s veterinarian recommends medication during air travel, schedule the doses according to your itinerary. During the flight, use the privacy flaps on your carrier to soothe your cat. If possible, hold your cat and pet it through the vent of the carrier.
Feed your cat about five hours before your time of departure. Do not give your cat water right before the flight. Instead, give your cat ice cubes or small sips of water toward the end of the flight. If your cat’s veterinarian recommends medication during air travel, schedule the doses according to your itinerary. During the flight, use the privacy flaps on your carrier to soothe your cat. If possible, hold your cat and pet it through the vent of the carrier.
For many people traveling with cats, using the cabin rather than cargo for transport is the best option. Cats are small and tend to get nervous, requiring physical contact and attention. Fortunately, you can train your cat to travel in the cabin of the plane. Follow airline regulations to ensure your cat stays safe during the flight. Visit the veterinarian before your departure to get personalized advice about medications and tactics for soothing your cat. In addition, make sure your cat’s rabies shots are current and that your veterinarian gives you a certificate of health record for you to carry during your travels.
Schedule a vet appointment close to the date of travel. You will need to ask your vet for vaccination records for your cat and a health certificate for travel. These documents are required by the airline to allow your cat to fly. Your vet should give you a health certificate that confirms your cat is in good health and free of parasites. All your cat’s vaccinations should also be up to date, including his Rabies vaccination. Your vet may also suggest implanting a microchip into your cat that will make it easier to locate him if he goes missing during travel. It acts as your pet’s ID for life. Microchipping your pet is a simple procedure, where your vet injects a microchip the size of a grain of rice (12mm) under the surface of your pet’s skin, between his shoulder blades. It does not hurt your pet and no anesthetic is required.
Give your cat a sedative if your vet prescribed one. Most cats can travel well without any medication. But some cats can experience tremendous stress during air travel. Talk to your vet if you are concerned about your cat’s anxiety levels when flying. Your vet might prescribe Buprenorphine, Gabapentin, or Alprazolam for your cat. Be sure to give your cat a dose at home before the flight as a “dry run” to make sure your cat does not react negatively to the medication.
Try to get a direct flight. This will cut down on the amount of security checks you and your cat will have to go through. It will also lower the delay time of getting your pet off the plane, especially if your pet is traveling in the cargo hold. Always travel on the same flight as your pet. You can confirm this by asking the airline if you can watch your pet being loaded into the cargo hold before getting on the flight. Look for early morning or late evening flights if you are traveling in the summer as this will be the cooler times of the day and make the cargo hold less hot and stuffy for your cat. Choose afternoon flights if you are traveling in the winter, as it will be less chilly in the cargo hold for your cat.