If you are a cat lover, you know how fun it can be to take a cat anywhere in a car, so the thought of putting them on a plane will probably make you run for the hills. If your feline friend is going on her own trip across the skies, both of you can survive the experience and even do just fine. It will, however, require a lot of patience and preparation, so the sooner you start planning, the better your cat’s flight will go.
10-14 Days before the Trip, Take Your Cat to the Vet.
You’ve already guessed that air travel is not a natural situation for a cat, so you want to be sure that your buddy is in good shape for it. Make certain that all of their vaccinations are up to date, and if they are sick, ask your veterinarian for help treating it before the big day arrives. Most importantly, be sure to get a health certificate for your cat if required by your destination. Microchipping is also an excellent idea.
Check that Your Cat’s Carrier Is Approved for Flight.
Blue Collar Pet Transport will provide you with the requirements for the carrier, including its material, ventilation, and doors. Of course, double-check that there is a secure latch on the door, and if it isn’t, it’s recommended that you purchase a new carrier. Lastly, your cat buddy is in for a long haul, so be sure that they can stretch and move around in it. Being comfortable will help them stay calm.
Get Your Cat Used to Their Carrier Ahead of Time.
If possible, please don’t wait until the last minute to do this: your cat will need at least a month to investigate their carrier and get used to it. Fill it with soft blankets and fun toys so that they will want to be in it (a tall order for cats, we know). Better yet, put some food in it so that it becomes even more inviting. Don’t close the carrier’s door just yet – leaving it open will allow your cat to come and go from it whenever they want, eliminating any fear that they’ll be caught inside of it.
Eventually, once your cat relaxes around the carrier, begin closing the door while they’re in it for a few moments at a time. Praise them and give them a treat, then slowly increase the amount of time they are in the carrier.
Take Your Cat on Short Trips and Acclimatize Them to Loud Noises.
Wherever you go, make sure it’s not to a “scary” place like the vet. Make the trips short and pleasant, and always reward your cat for good behavior while they’re in the kennel.
Cats are particularly sensitive to loud noises and crowds of people, so if you can take them to places where there’s a lot of activity, that can help them grow more accustomed to the strange sounds they will hear at the airport.
Make Certain Your Cat Is Properly ID’d and Label Their Carrier.
A lot of cats don’t wear collars, but it’s recommended that your buddy has one on the day of the big trip. Be sure you have a tag for their rabies vaccination status as well as their license.
Even though your cat will be traveling in the cabin, Blue Collar Pet Transport suggests that you label both the inside and the outside of your cat’s carrier with your contact information, including that of your destination.
Include a Few Bags of Dry Cat Food.
It’s true that your cat shouldn’t eat 6 hours before traveling to avoid vomiting or eliminating in the carrier during the flight. However, in case of a flight delay, your buddy may appreciate a few pieces of kibble. On a side note, they can drink water up to one hour before their plane departs.
On the Big Day, Keep Your Cat (and Yourself) Calm.
Your cat is going on an adventure! You’ve done your work and have prepared them for it. Now, keep the atmosphere low key. Cats pick up on human emotions, so the calmer you are, the more they will be, too. Trust that Blue Collar Pet Transport will do their job and that your feline friend will be just fine. Your buddy is going to have a lot of stories to tell you when you see them again.