With the cat on the plane: tips for safe transport

Actually, a cat has no business on the plane. If it cannot be avoided, there are a few things you should consider when transporting to keep the stress on your velvet paw and also on yourself. Do you want to take a cat on a plane? The requirements are different for every airline - shutterstock / Ivan Kokoulin

In any case, you must inform the airline as early as possible that you plan to take an animal on board. However, the requirements vary from airline to airline.

Preparations for the transport of the cat on the plane

There are usually restrictions on the weight of the pet including the transport box, the size and the material of the means of transport. Often the transport basket must not be made of solid plastic, but must be impermeable to water and bite-proof.

The basic requirement is that the means of transport fit under your aircraft seat and that your cat can still sit up and turn around in it. When you buy a new box, give your cat time to get used to it. For the flight, it is best to line the box with an absorbent pad. Don't forget that there are fees for taking your cat on the plane. These vary depending on the airline and destination. A look at the website or a quick phone call to the airline is all it takes to find out more.

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On board: be there for your velvet paw

For a cat, transportation by plane is pure stress. Talk to the cabin crew that you would like to bring your cat out from under the seat from time to time. Stroking works wonders. Agents like Feliway or Bach flower remedies can help calm your cat. You should not use strong sedatives, as it is impossible to predict how they will work if the cabin pressure changes. To balance the pressure on the ears, you can offer your velvet paw malt paste. When she slumbers, she is forced to swallow and automatically balances the pressure.

Please note the entry requirements

The regulations regarding entry with pets vary depending on the country of travel. The respective embassy will provide you with the relevant information. Your district veterinary office or breeding association can also help you with binding information. A health certificate or an international vaccination certificate is often required to enter the country.

In some countries, the rules are even stricter: they insist on quarantine for several months, which excludes a holiday visit of a few weeks. When looking for information, you should not rely solely on your travel agency. Collect all the necessary information yourself about the requirements of your travel destination so that you do not experience a nasty surprise when you enter the country.