Pet Travel Question: Can My Cat Fly Alone?

catDear PetRelocation,

Do I have to catch the same flight as my cat? I am considering spending time in China on the way to Australia. Can I send my pet ahead?




Hi Dianne,

Yes, you can! It's quite common for pets to fly without their owners. In fact, most of the moves we arrange involve clients traveling separately from their pets. We recently answered a question about the processes involved when pets fly alone, which you can read here.

Because you will be traveling separately from your cat, you will need to arrange for someone to bring your cat to your departure airport and pick them up at the destination airport. (This is where services like ours come in.)

Your cat will also need to be transported to an approved quarantine station, where they will stay for the first 10 days in Australia. This quarantine requirement could be good news for you if you plan on sending your cat to Australia before you, as you know they will be looked after in a pet care facility prior to your arrival. Here is more information about the quarantine facility where your cat will stay.

Moving pets to Australia can seem tricky, as there are many time-sensitive requirements. Be sure to check out all of Australia's pet import requirements well in advance of your travel so that you have plenty of time to gather the required certifications and documents for your cat.

If you'd like to learn about our door-to-door pet relocation services and how we can make this move easier for you, please fill out our online consultation form

Thanks for your question and good luck with your move!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Dianne
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
From: USA
To: Australia

Looking for assistance with your upcoming move? Contact us to discuss your pet transport details.


PetRelocation Team





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