cats and airplanes
I'm moving across the country this summer, and probably will be taking my two cats with me (long story... either way they'll be with someone who cares about them, don't worry). I had planned to take Ariel in the cabin with me, and Jasmine in cargo, because Ariel hates moving vehicles and I thought she would be more comfortable near me.
So I was doing some preliminary research on the net and found this from the ASPCA website:
The ASPCA wants pet owners to think twice about flying their pets on commercial airlines, especially if they plan on checking them in as cargo. The Air Transport Association has reported in the past that approximately 5,000, or 1% of the companion animals that are flown on commercial planes have been injured, lost or killed during transport. Although Congress has passed a law that requires the airlines to establish a separate reporting system if an animal is lost, injured or killed and will investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, the conditions in which animals are shipped have not changed.
Animals continue to be shipped in cargo holds that are not temperature controlled. "Unless your animal is small enough to fit under your seat and you can bring them in the cabin, the ASPCA recommends pet owners to not fly their animal," says Lisa Weisberg, ASPCA Senior Vice President of Government Affairs and Public Policy.
This made me totally freak out! I don't want to take the risk that something might happen to Jazzer.
What do you guys think about this? Have you flown your cat in cargo? Is there any other way of transporting animals cross-country? TIA!!!