Hey Cothers, I’m looking for some advice on transporting a pair of cats cross-country via plane.
I’ll be flying from Massachusetts where my two cats have been living at my parent’s farm while I did some traveling, back to where I live in California this May. My boyfriend will be coming with me so we can bring both cats as our “carry on” in the cabin. I would love to hear from folks who have flown with cats before particularly about different airlines and what I’ll need to prep for the flight.
We plan on getting them to the vet the week or two before the flight for all their usual shots/checkup and of course to get a health certificate for the flight. Neither cat has been sedated since they were fixed (4 years old now), and are very calm cats- I pulled them from the hayloft during a farm sitting gig when they were only hours old and they’ve had a ton of cuddling/over socialization ever since, so I don’t think I will risk getting any ace or the like.
Their current carriers are the hard shell type so I’ll be donating them to the animal shelter and buying new soft-sided carriers- I was thinking the Bergan bags look nice, get great reviews, the price is right and I can remove the bed/lining and wash them. Also on the shopping list is disposable absorbent pads- I would love suggestions on these as I’ve never used any kind of puppy pad and have no idea which brands to consider. I’m a little concerned that they wont relieve themselves, both have been adamant about going in the littler box or outside since day one, any suggestions? They’ll both be getting harnesses- probably whatever is cheap and has no metal, and I’m thinking of attaching a short length of cord/rope for extra security when they need to be outside the carrier. Pop up water bowls, the good treats, and I was thinking reusable snack bags w kibble secured in the carrier?
It is looking like most flight options will require one stop, overall consisting of a 4 hour flight followed by a 3.5 hour flight with a 40-55 minute layover in between (not swapping airlines). There appear to be a few non-stop return flights all just over 6.5 hours. Thoughts on longer flight time but shorter overall travel time versus shorter flights but slightly longer total travel time?
Any airlines to avoid? Things I’m not thinking of?