With the summer season almost upon us, people will be doing more flying, and that includes cats. Whether taking Tabby on vacation, moving to a new location or flying a new kitten from a breeder to your home, precautions should be taken when flying with your pet.
- Make sure there is enough room. Airlines resrict the number of animals checked in on each flight, whether in the cargo hold or taken into the cabin, so call ahead to be sure.
- There are fees associated with flying pets that can be quite expensive. Make sure you know these fees in advance.
- Remember, most airlines only allow one carry-on bag, so if you choose to bring your cat in the cabin with you, he/she will be considered one bag and you won’t be allowed another (which, in my book, is a moot point since the cat has to ride under the seat and takes up no room).
- One-way fees to check your pet as cargo include $100 on Alaska; $150, Frontier; $175, American; $200, Delta; and $250, United. Continental allows pets to travel in cargo with its PetSafe program and charges based on weight of the animal and the kennel combined. Only service animals are allowed in the cabin at no additional charge.
- Earlier, I posted an article about a cat that froze to death in the cargo hold here in Connecticut. Be sure you are always aware of where your pet is and if the weather is extreme, be sure to ask that your pet be removed from cargo immediately during lay-overs.
- Some airlines have outside-temperature restrictions on when animals can fly. For example, American won’t allow pets to fly when the temperature is above 85 degrees or below 45 degrees at any location.
- Also keep in mind the restrictions pertaining to your location. Some areas and countries have quarantine laws for animals coming into the country.
- Make sure your pet is very healthy, has been vet checked, and has had all innoculations and proof of them from a licensed veterinarian. Always best to be more prepared than under prepared.