Shipping Cats Across Country

How to Transport a Cat Across Country

Relocating across the country with your cat means examining the various options available and making the right choice for your four-legged family member.

This can be an overwhelming experience, especially if the idea of shipping cats across the country is new to you. After learning more about pet friendly airlines and pet travel best practices, however, you may find air travel to be the best and most streamlined option.

Here’s what you need to know about how to transport a cat across country:

  • Choose a pet friendly airline, meaning a carrier with established pet policies and a good safety record.

  • Talk to your vet about any concerns you may have -- they may suggest helping your cat lose a pound or two before travel, for example.

  • 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 in advance of the flight. If they are comfortable spending time here, they will be more calm throughout the flight. Here are a few crate training tips for cats.

When following these guidelines, cat travel by air is a safe option and it’s the method preferred by many pet travelers -- including PetRelocation.

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

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