I hope this is the right place to post this question
I'm flying with a cat tomorrow and am super nervous. It's the first time for both of us. He is extremely chill and I've never ever seen him stressed, so I'm not too worried about his behavior. I'm much more concerned about the flight attendants and airline.
The dimensions given on the website for pet carriers is crazy small (height wise). My carrier is a good 2" taller, so I went ahead and bought the 'official' one at the airport a couple of weeks ago and have been taking him out to get used to it. The problem I have is that there is zero support on the sides, so the top is basically resting on his head, regardless of what position he's in. He does have room to stand up/rearrange himself, but that darn top is on him all the time and it's driving me nuts.
Last night, I took his normal carrier to the airport and asked the agent at the ticket counter if she thought it would fit. I told her the dimensions listed online were smaller than the carrier, but she was very firm in stating that it will definitely fit and not to worry.
I'm worried that we'll get to the plane (with the old carrier) and they'll say it's too big and not let me fly. I really don't think it'll fit all the way under the seat, but it'll definitely rest at my feet with no problems.
Does anyone know - are they really strict about actually putting the animal under the seat in front of you? I've brought carry on items before and just had them at my feet, not necessarily under the seat.
I'm sorry that I'm rambling....I really can't wait for this flight to be over. Any experience or guidance you can share would be greatly appreciated.
(I should add that I've already prepped him for traveling - he's been sitting at my feet at knitting night for a couple hours at a time in his carrier and is very comfortable being out in public. I also have Feliway and treats for the ascent. I know he'll probably be more stressed than normal, but given his baseline level of 'chill', I am confident that it won't be bad.)