How to Transport a Cat Safely

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How to Transport a Cat Safely. Moving a cat is neither a fun nor a stress free experience, but you can accomplish it safely and easily. Cats are creatures of habit and dislike any disruption in their routine, so moving them can be tricky. By buying the right accessories and doing your homework, you can make sure your little friend travels just as smoothly as you do.

Things You'll Need

  • Cat carrier
  • Photo of cat
  • Food and water
  • Litterbox

Buy a cat carrier, either soft-sided or hard-sided. A soft-sided carrier is better for shorter trips or trips by car; a hard-sided carrier is better for long trips or trips by plane. A hard-side carrier will provide your cat adequate protection should the carrier accidentally be knocked over and will also be easier to clean if your cat doesn't make it to the litterbox.

Check with the airline to see what restrictions they have for cat transportation. Most airlines allow you to carry-on your cat carrier, as long as it will fit under the seat in front of you. You will have to pay an extra fee and make sure your cat is calm during the flight.

Secure the cat carrier in your car or on the plane. Wrap a seat belt around the carrier if you're traveling by car.

Print a recent photo of your cat. Write vital information on the back of the photo, such as the cat's name, age and your address and phone number. Keep a copy with you and also put one in the cat's carrier, just in case the cat carrier gets lost with the cat in it.

Put food and water in the carrier with the cat. Use dry food because wet food will be too messy if it's spilled.

Pack a litterbox if you're traveling by car. Put clean litter in the box as usual and cover it with a plastic bag until your cat needs to use it. Pull over before letting your cat out of the carrier to use the litterbox.

Ask your veterinarian for a light sedative for your cat if you think it won't be able to handle the stress of being transported. Airline staff may not allow your cat on the plane if it is agitated, so save yourself the hassle of having to find another way to transport it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Get out the cat carrier a few days before the transportation of the cat. Leave it open so the cat is free to get in and out of the carrier at its leisure. This will get the cat used to being in the carrier and you won't have to force the cat inside when it comes time to transport it.

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