Shipping Cats Across Country

How to Transport a Cat Across Country

cat moving across country

As a pet parent, relocating across the country can be daunting, especially when you have a furry family member to consider. While shipping cats nationwide may seem complicated, it can be streamlined with the proper preparation and research.

Here are some helpful tips to make the journey as smooth and safe as possible:

Choose the Right Transportation Method

  • When shipping cats across the country, several transportation options exist. Air travel is the most common and fastest method, but it's not the only option. You could also transport your cat by car or train, depending on your budget, time constraints, and your cat's temperament.

Research Pet-Friendly Airlines

  • If you decide to transport your cat by air, it's crucial to research pet-friendly airlines with established pet policies and a good safety record. You want to ensure your cat will be cared for throughout the journey. Make sure to compare different airlines and their regulations, such as whether they allow pets during extreme weather conditions or restrict the number of animals that can travel on a single flight.

Talk to Your Vet


  • Before shipping your cat across the country, consult with your veterinarian to address any health concerns or issues that may arise during travel. Your vet may suggest helping your cat lose weight or providing medication or supplements to help calm them during the journey.

  • Do not sedate your cat for travel. The effects of sedation are unpredictable at higher altitudes and could be dangerous, and most airlines won't even accept a cat who has been sedated.

  • Help your cat get used to the travel crate well before the flight. They will be calmer throughout the flight if they are comfortable spending time here. Here are a few crate training tips for cats.

Prepare Your Cat for Travel

  • Cats can become anxious and stressed during travel, so preparing them adequately before the journey is essential. One way to do this is gradually getting them used to their travel crate. This will help them feel more comfortable and relaxed during the journey. You can also provide familiar toys or blankets and place a familiar-smelling item in their crate to help ease anxiety.

Shipping cats nationwide can be a safe and stress-free experience by following these tips. Remember to also check with your destination state's regulations on transporting pets so that you can comply with any requirements.

Read more about cat air travel and why it's a good choice for shipping cats across the country.

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