Pet Travel Question: The (Dirty) Details of International Travel

How to Avoid a Messy Travel Crate

Hi PetRelocation,

Since it is a very long flight, can I put a small litter box in the kennel? What do people normally do to deal with pets' bathroom needs?



Hi Irene,

That's a great question! When shipping pets internationally it might seem like a good idea to provide a litter box of some sort for your cat, but in reality this might cause more of a mess than it's worth (and it's not allowed by the airlines).

It is common practice, however, to place a towel, old blanket, shredded newspaper or another absorbent material in the bottom of the crate to help with any messes that might naturally occur.

While we're on the topic of travel crates, here are a few crate-training tips for cats. We're strong believers that crate training helps pets have a better trip by helping to reduce their stress levels, and we can't recommend working on kennel acclimation enough.

Good luck with your trip, and feel free to contact us if you'd like some help arranging your cat's move to Hong Kong!


Pet Travel Question Details:

Name: Irene
Pet Type: Cat
From: Buffalo, New York, US
To: Hong Kong


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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in March 2011 and has been updated with new information.


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