Cat Travel: Cabin vs. Cargo

Name: Pierre
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
From: Switzerland
To: USA

We will be moving from Switzerland to the US in three or four months with our three cats. I was told that there were two options for move the cats: one with us in the plane cabin and the other one being in the cargo hold. What do you recommend? -Pierre

Hello Pierre,

Great question. Pet travel can pose difficulties due to the choices that present themselves - direct flights or layovers? Cargo or cabin? Each case should be evaluated individually, but it's important to remember a basic fact: humans and animals experience air travel differently, and what's best for one may not be ideal for another.

Because the noises, smells and general sensations of being in the cabin can be confusing and anxiety-inducing for pets, we generally find that flying them in the cargo hold (which, unlike the baggage area, is temperature-controlled and pressurized) leads to a better overall experience. To help with your decision, take a look at our previous discussions of this issue and check with the airline you'll be using to find out how pet friendly they are.

Spend some time thinking about these factors and review the Pet Import Requirements to the US as well. Finally, don't hesitate to give us a call if you have further questions or if you'd like to speak to a Pet Relocation Specialist about arranging your move.

Good luck with everything, Pierre!

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