fit and healthy speed dating - Sedating cats on airplanes

I searched high and low for the proper size and shape cat carrier while adhering to the airline approved guidelines (thank you internet).

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A few months prior to our flight I checked with the airline and our veterinarian.

Gathered all necessary paperwork and checked what rules we’d need to follow. In order to comply with the rules, Alice was microchipped and received a rabies vaccine (21 days prior to flight) as well as a general health exam (within 10 days before flight).

So if you’ve chosen to fly your cat in cabin with you here are some tips for smooth air travel.

Paperwork and restrictions Always be aware of all required paperwork well in advance of your trip to avoid surprises.

For example, if your cat has a heart condition it would be advisable to find ways to keep the cat as calm as possible to avoid aggravating their heart.

Or, a cat with a weak bladder might require extra trips to the airport bathroom or a quick change of bedding.I’d like to attribute Alice’s smooth trip to my preparation and probably a little bit of luck.Other cat owners I’ve spoken with on the subject have said that their trips were much more difficult than mine.On the plane I had to keep the carrier tucked beneath the seat in front of me.I could only see her if I bent down with my chin to my knees.Rental car agencies also discourage you from bringing your kitty along for the ride.

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