Cat Travel vs. Dog Travel

Any advice you can give me regarding my move? I moved a dog from Guatemala to the USA and it was not that difficult, but cats are a different ball game so any advice you have is welcomed.




Hi Maria,

Thank you for your question! Cats and dogs can often have very different personalities, and it's important to prepare each for travel in their own way in order to alleviate stress levels (both for pets and their people).

Crate training is hugely important when it comes to planning a safe and smooth pet flight, and since cats are not always as obedient or used to spending time in travel crates, you'll need to allow plenty of time before your trip for crate training. Here are our top tips for crate training your cat.

We strongly advise against using sedatives but do advocate talking to your vet before travel to go over any questions you have, making sure your cat is as fit and healthy as possible, focusing on hydration, and helping your cat get some exercise before the flight with some playtime.

After the move, help your cat get used to your new home by introducing her/him to one room at first, then gradually opening up the rest of the house. If your cat is going to spend time outdoors, practice close supervision for the first few days.

Finally, on the logistics side we'd like to direct you to the pet import requirements for Guatemala. If you think you'd like some help arranging your cat's move, please give us a call or fill out our online pet travel consultation form.

Hope this helps. Good luck and safe travels!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Maria
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Mix (Abyssinian/Tabby)
From: Los Angeles, California
To: Antigua, Guatemala


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