Cats Traveling by Air

Can my cat travel by airplane?

Airlines do have a limit to how many pets are allowed on the flight, and most airlines allow two. If you are traveling with other family members, you might want to book separate flights so you can take all of the cats. Make your reservations early. Check with the airline right away about the regulations and what will be required of you in order to transport your cats. If you don't have an airline-approved carrier, you'll need that. It has to fit under the seat. There are many brands available. Your vet will also instruct you on what paperwork will be needed for airline travel. If the flight is long, I'd suggest lining the bottom of the carrier with a disposable diaper. Also, carry some extras and a small plastic bag in which to dispose of them. That way, if your cat has an accident you can quickly change the soiled diaper for a fresh one. In the airport you will have to remove your cat from the carrier when you go through the metal detector. Have a harness and leash on your cat (and also ID) to prevent any escapes. My cats travel well on planes, but it's the time in the airport that they don't like very much. Good luck with your move. Please let us know how you made out.

Pam Johnson-Bennett

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