Sedating cat on plane

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Travelling can be a stressful experience for human beings and it is probably equally so for cats, although for different reasons.

While your cat is not going to be worried about arriving at its destination on time it will have been plucked from its familiar territory, put in to a container and subjected to an array of strange sights, sounds and smells.

You can't simply stick the animal quickly in a pet carrier the way you might if you were driving across town.Determine whether the airline has requirements for “acclimation.” In the event that you are unable to book a direct flight, your cat and carrier may be left outside the plane for a period of time.To avoid liability on their part, some airlines require a letter from your veterinarian stating that your pet is acclimated to a minimum or maximum temperature.Take direct flights whenever possible, and try to avoid connections and layovers.Sometimes, this is easier to achieve if the travel occurs during the week.If it is going to be a long journey you may have your cat checked by your vet to ensure it is healthy before it travels.

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