Can Cats Fly Unaccompanied?

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My cat has been under the care of someone in Hawaii for the last couple of years as I have been traveling, and is now ready to return him to me. I am in New York.

Can the cat be flown here without someone with him, or does he need a person to bring him along? What else is required for the move?

Thank you,



Hi Caitlin,

Thanks for the question! Your cat does not need to be accompanied during the flight(s). In short, we recommend choosing a pet friendly airline (we often use United) and then arranging for someone to drop him off at the airport and pick him up in New York.

These are the pet import requirements for the United States—primarily you'll need proof of an updated rabies vaccine and a vet health certificate stating he is healthy and fit to fly. If you want to hire some assistance you can check for agents, or you can fill out our online consultation form to find out about our door-to-door services. We've arranged many such moves and would be happy to assist!

No matter how you go about it, just know that pets fly safely all the time without being on the same plane as their owners. It's all about making the right choices, and when you do, it's a pretty straightforward process.

Let us know if you have any more questions, and good luck with everything!


Pet Transport Question Details:

Name: Caitlin
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Cat
From: Big Island, Hawaii
To: Brooklyn, New York

Need help with your cat's move? Contact us to discuss your safe pet transport options.


PetRelocation Team





United States


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By Noah on September 5, 2018 at 11:16 pm

Hi, do you know of any airlines in Canada that would ship my cat within Canada? I haven't had any luck finding one. I'm moving from Toronto to Halifax.

By Maegan at PetRelocation on September 7, 2018 at 2:09 pm

Hi Noah! We've used Air Canada & WestJet to transport pets domestically within Canada. Good luck on your research and hope this helps get you started!

By Kimberly Wickersham on December 26, 2017 at 10:24 am

I am thinking about sending my cat from Florida to Indiana can she fly by herself and what would I have to have to get it done ?

By on December 26, 2017 at 10:52 am

Hello Kimberly,

Thanks for reaching out! Cats can certainly fly unaccompanied in the United States. Here is more information on what is involved with moving a cat across country.

If you need further help, please do not hesitate to let us know here. Good luck with everything!

By Mark on November 1, 2017 at 12:39 pm

Hi, hope you can help. My son is moving from Bermuda to Zurich on Switzerland over the Christmas and New Year period and has 2 cats he wants to transport. Do you work outside the US? Thanks very much. Mark

By on November 6, 2017 at 4:26 pm

Hello Mark,

Thank you for reaching out to us!

While we can help your son, it may be best for him to work with someone locally in either Bermuda or Switzerland. Here is a website where you can find other reputable pet-shipping companies to help.

He is also more than welcome to fill out our online consultation form here to get in touch with one of our consultants for move options and pricing.

We hope this helps!

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