Fly Safely With Cats

Website offers tips for holiday air travel with pets.

Posted: December 17 2007 2 a.m. EDT

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If your holiday plans call for air travel, and you can’t bear to leave your cats behind, consider these tips from before you board a plane. With careful planning and a few precautions, you and your cats can safely fly during the holidays.

The travel agents at recommend that you consult your vet before bringing your cat along on a trip. If your veterinarian gives your cat the green light for air travel, follow these steps to ensure the journey is as stress-free as possible for both of you.

  • Research airline policies about flying with pets. Whenever possible, try to book a flight that allows you to bring your cat in the cabin with you.

  • Book a direct flight, and always travel on the same flight as your pet.

  • When you board the plane, notify the flight crew that your cat is traveling with you.

  • Make sure your cat is outfitted with identification that includes your permanent address and the contact information of your travel destination.

  • Write your contact information on a label affixed to the outside of your cat’s carrier.

  • Make sure your cat’s nails have been clipped so they won’t catch in the carrier’s door, holes or other crevices.

  • In the weeks leading up to your trip, allow your cat to become accustomed to the carrier.

  • Do not give your cat tranquilizers before the trip unless they are prescribed by your veterinarian.

  • Avoid giving your cat food or water for 4 to 6 hours before your flight.

  • If possible, try not to fly with your cat during the busiest travel times.

  • When you arrive at your destination, open the carrier as soon as you are in a safe place, and examine your cat. If anything seems wrong, take your pet to the veterinarian immediately.
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D    D, DE

4/7/2009 3:30:23 PM

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