Sedating cats for plane travel

10 Mar

Plan well ahead and be prepared to do a good deal of research and comparison shopping before you book a flight for you and your cat.Rules, restrictions and fees can vary dramatically depending on carrier, destination, and time of year.Of course, this only applies if your cat is an adult and in good health.If your cat is very young or very old, diabetic or in kidney failure, or is generally frail, seek veterinary advice before taking your trip.To make sure that kitty is not feeling stressed it may be a good idea to have someone sitting near the carrier to comfort her and have her bed or a recently worn shirt inside of the carrier to help create the comforts of home.To help calm your kitty, spray Feliway spray in the carrier before putting her in it.But a bad experience in the car or on a plane can make you both homesick in a hurry. If you’ve decided to take your cat along, start by making sure your feline friend has proper identification, should he stray or get lost. Bring along a current photo of your pet should you need to create a "lost" poster.Your next step should be to schedule a visit to the veterinarian.

If you’ll be on the road for a while, check out Pet Friendly Travel.com, for pet-friendly restaurants, activities and lodging.

You’ll want to confirm that there’s room for your cat on the flight before you commit.

If your cat or cats fail to meet these restrictions, they’ll have to be checked along with baggage into the pressurized cargo hold.

This will ensure your cat is in good enough health to travel and is current on all necessary vaccinations.

This is a good time to get an up to date copy of your pet's health records to bring along on your trip.