Sedating your cat for travel
She flew when she was 8 years old in July 2015; she is now 10 years old.Shiro & Momo are brothers born to a feral mother; I captured them when they were 4 months old and very wild, hissing & scratching at everyone.Taking it on short drives will help prepare it for the ride.However, not all bus or train companies and drivers will allow you to travel with a feline, so you’ll need to make sure that you can bring your pet on board before the actual trip takes place.Our cats had different life experiences prior to their plane rides.Xander was born in a house, was raised with people, & has always liked people; we got him when he was 2 years old, he flew when he was 12, he is now 15. Chibi appears to have been born in a house but then was apparently dumped & lived in our neighborhood as a stray for about 5 months and was very afraid of people; it still takes her months to warm up to a new person.Taking your cat on several short trips inside your car will help it get accustomed to the feeling and it will definitely improve the actual journey.Equipping your car with the necessary essentials is also a crucial part of traveling with your pet.
The vet said she was about 8 months old when she became part of our family. None of them were sedated (vet advised against sedation), they were all very well behaved both in the airport going through TSA screening as well as in the plane under the seat in front of me.(I did not take them at the same time.) I feel creating a safe hiding place is important to help keep cats calmer in potentially stressful situations.In summary, it is possible for a cat to travel safely & comfortably on a plane without being sedated.