Hi all! Since I've been working at the Airport, and helping out TSA, where everyone has to pass through, I wanted to add some personal observations, regarding traveling with your kitty!
Cats must be taken OUT of their carriers, and go through the screening, their owners are going through! (You're carrying them!)
The pet carrier goes through with all your other stuff, for screening...
Suggestion 1...After helping to corral a terrified kitty yesterday morning, I strongly suggest a kitty harness, as your back up plan!!
This particular poor little cat, had already pee'd in her soft carrier, and her owner didn't have a clean towel to put in it...no wonder the little cat wasn't happy about going back into that!
#2 Suggestion...invest in a small diaper bag (smell proof) that you could put a soiled towel in, and CARRY a couple of fresh towels, in case of accidents!
Suggestion #3...Please, please, please...Invest in a really good pet carrier, if you and a feline buddy are going to be doing a lot of traveling by plane!
(It only takes ONE mistake...
The kitty, I helped to corral, had a really wimpy, soft sided carrier...the zippers pulled apart, way to easily, and the lady didn't have a back up plan, to secure that issue...
I was so worried about that kitty making it to their destination...
Suggestion #4...If you're going to be flying with your feline companion the next day, really consider cutting off the food and water, that night!
Think 'LIGHT' snack, and a 'BIT' of water...your cats tummy, and bladder, will thank you!
Feed, and water well, after your arrival!!
Suggestion #5...A Calming collar put on, a few days in advance, would help a lot, I'm sure!!
Please, please, please....Make sure your kitty has at Least a Rabies shot...just in case a kitty tries escaping, and bites someone, because of being terrified! Have a copy of that paperwork with you!
(This will save your kitty from possible quarantine issues!).
Make sure your cat can be identified!
Suggestion #6...If you haven't, get your kitty chipped!!! This IS a lifesaver!
Make sure, if your cat is already chipped, that ALL information is up to date!!
The Airlines aren't Heartless! If they can reunite a kitty and their owner, they'll do everything they can!!
BUT...you have to help them do that!
So far, with what I've seen, people put more thought into traveling with a dog...than they do their kitties...
And it's the Kitties, that Stress the most...
So this is just some thoughts from 'The Front Lines'...
I know how I'd be traveling with a kitty, on a plane now!!
Hope this helps people!