Weighing Cat Travel Options

Name: Amber
Number of Pets: 4
Pet Type: Cats
From: Montreal, QC
To: Red Deer, AB

Dear PetRelocation,

I'm trying to figure out the cheapest but safest way to transport my cats.Their ages range from 3-8 years. I'm worried that transporting them by plane will be too stressful and dangerous for them and I was told to maybe sedate them (but I read that's very dangerous).

I thought of maybe doing it by train, but how do I incorporate a litter box for them? Do you have any suggestions?




Hi Amber,

We'd be happy to offer some advice about your upcoming pet move (and  hopefully show you that you can find safe options).

We move pets via air every day, and though it sounds scary at first, once you do some research you'll find it doesn't have to be a big deal. Choosing a pet friendly airline is of the utmost importance, and if you do this and also help to get your cats used to their travel crates beforehand (here are a few cat travel crate tips) then you'll be setting your kitties up for a good trip. Please not that sedation is not recommended or even allowed by airlines. Sedating pets inhibits their normal coping mechanisms and possibly their breathing, so we advise that you don't consider this an option.

No matter how you move your cats you'll want them to be in a secure travel crate. We advise placing an absorbent material in the bottom to alleviate the effects of any accidents (newspaper, an old towel, etc.). If you're considering train travel you'll need to check with the train company to find out if they allow cats on board.

Flying is probably your most efficient option, but some people choose to try ground transportation in order to allow for breaks along the way. If you would like more specialized advice from us, please fill out our free quote form. Since you're flying domestically you won't need to worry about import requirements, but it's a good idea to have your cats up to date on all vaccines and check with the airline (if you end up flying) about their requirements. Most often it's necessary to have a vet health certificate.

Thanks for contacting us, good luck, and please let us know if you have more questions!



PetRelocation Team





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