How To Travel On A Plane With A Cat

How To Travel On A Plane With A Cat


If you are planning to travel by air with your kitty, there are many things to take into consideration. Before you plan a trip on the plane with your cat, make sure that they don’t have any medical issues that may prevent them from traveling by air. For example, according to Art of Paws, cats who have kidney disease should never fly. This is because they will not be able to receive the fluids they need at high altitudes. So if your cat has kidney disease or other health conditions, air travel is a no-no for them.

That said, here are some tips for traveling with your cat:

Prepare your cat for travel in advance.

You can prepare your cat for air travel in advance. They need to adjust to the noise of the plane, change in temperature and air pressure, and if they’re flying internationally, even food.

  • Start by spending time in a car with the windows rolled down. The roar of wind will help prepare them for what’s to come on the plane.
  • If you’re flying with your cat internationally, consider switching their diet from dry food to canned or wet food that has more moisture so it will be easier on their digestive system once they get off the plane (dry kibble doesn’t have enough water content).

Choose a carrier that meets all the requirements.

Before you choose a carrier, it’s important to make sure it meets all of the requirements. For example, check if your airline has any special regulations regarding how to travel with cats. Many airlines allow passengers to bring their cats on board as long as they are in a carrier that meets certain size and weight restrictions, so be sure to check before making your purchase. The same goes for carriers: make sure yours will fit under the seat in front of you or hold up during turbulence!

The most important thing is that you choose a safe option that can keep your cat comfortable for the duration of the flight (or even longer). A good carrier should allow plenty of airflow so that there’s no buildup of heat or humidity inside; otherwise your pet might suffer from dehydration due to excessive sweating during takeoff and landing phases–which could lead him/her into danger by causing overheating issues later on down the road when they’re already feeling worn out from traveling far away from home base just minutes ago!

Other things like soft padding materials inside protect against bumps along life’s journey…and if there aren’t any cushions present then try putting some soft blankets underneath where he/she might lay comfortably instead.”

Pick the proper seat according to airline regulations.

When you’re picking your flight and seat, make sure to check the airline regulations for traveling with pets. Most airlines will require a small carrier or kennel that fits under your seat and allows room for your cat to sit comfortably in their own space. Carriers should not exceed 20 inches in length (not including handle) nor 10 inches in height and depth. The maximum weight limit is 8 pounds, though some airlines may have stricter guidelines. Always check the pet policy on an airline’s website before purchasing a ticket so you know what kind of carrier they will allow on board along with any fees associated with traveling with pets.

Feed and give your cat time to rest during the flight.

  • Feed your cat at least an hour before the flight.
  • If you are flying with a kitten, consider bringing a toy to keep them entertained.
  • If your cat is nervous, you can give them a sedative before the flight.

You can take your cat on a plane with you, but you need to prepare in advance.

Cats, like all animals, need to be prepared for travel. This means that you should feed them, take them outside to use the bathroom and give them a safe place to rest during the flight. Your cat should be in an enclosed carrier that is approved by the airline, as well as being able to fit under your seat or in an overhead compartment.

You cannot have your cat on your lap while flying; it must be in its own seat/carrier. If there are no seats available for humans on the plane when you’re ready to board and there are already plenty of passengers occupying all available seats with cats, do not panic! You can ask if someone will switch seats with you so that both their human self and feline counterpart can travel together safely and comfortably during transit time from one location (typically called “origin”) to another (“destination”).


We hope the tips above will help you make your cat’s journey as smooth and safe as possible. As we mentioned before, be sure to check with your airline and travel destination for any specific requirements that might apply to traveling with cats. Happy travels!

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