Shipping Kittens

With careful planning and when the right choices are made, traveling with pets by air is a safe option. When shipping kittens or traveling with other younger pets, however, extra steps should be taken to ensure that all goes well.

To help your kitten have a safe and easy trip, here are a few things to consider:

  • First, talk to your vet about any concerns you may have and don’t travel unless your kitten is in good health.

  • If traveling internationally, research the country import rules to make sure your kitten is in line with all vaccine requirements.

  • Check the airline rules to find out your options and make sure your kitten can enjoy a trip you’re both comfortable with.

Separating a young cat from their mother too early can have lasting negative effects, so above all, keep your kitten’s safety in mind and follow the advice of your vet before rushing into any travel plans.


How much does it cost to ship a kitten by air?

Every pet move is a little different, and your origin, destination, and several other factors will affect how much your kitten’s move ends up costing.

That being said, you can expect a few standard items to be a part of the overall cost.

Here are a few of the components of a typical pet move:

  • The travel crate
  • The airfare
  • Transportation to and from the airport
  • Pre-move vet visits
  • International health documents and import permits
  • Government endorsements
  • Customs fees
  • Quarantine fees

When is shipping kittens not recommended?

Primarily for safety reasons, PetRelocation does not ship pets younger than 16 weeks. We believe that cats are stronger and better equipped to handle the experience of air travel when they are at least four months old, and this also allows them to be properly vaccinated before travel.

Some countries allow young pets to enter before being vaccinated against rabies while others do not, so shipping kittens by air may not even be possible depending on where you’re going.

Again double check all airline and country import rules and talk to your vet before you book your kitten’s travel arrangements in order to ensure they have a safe trip.

One important final note:

Please know that kitten scams are unfortunately very common. If you are wondering how to ship a kitten because you are in contact with a breeder or individual who wants to sell you a cat, beware of the following red flags:

  • Does the seller want you to wire money via Moneygram or Western Union?
  • Does the seller’s email address seem spammy or unofficial?
  • Is the kitten “free” except for transportation costs?

If a transaction seems too good to be true, it just might be. Read more about pet scams and how to avoid them and be careful when dealing with unknown sellers.

Better yet, when adding a new pet to your family, only deal locally if you can and consider adopting from your local shelter!

Ready to start planning your cat’s upcoming trip? Learn more about how PetRelocation can help.

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