Squirt is a domestic short haired cat who came into the clinic for her annual check up and vaccinations. Her owner was moving to Queensland and she wanted to know how to make Squirt's travel on the airplane more comfortable. For interstate travel you will need to contact the airline you are traveling with and make sure you follow the recommended advice. Ensure that you purchase the right travel kennel or carrier and get your pet used to it. You can try feeding your pet in the carrier and placing a favorite toy or blanket in there so when it is time to fly, your pet does not feel so stressful. Clip your pet's toes nails so they do not get caught in the carrier door. Make sure that your pet is wearing a collar and a current identification tag. Cats will require a quick release collar to avoid collar injuries. Keep your microchip details up to date before you travel and this can be done online or over the phone via Central Animal Records.
Other considerations before the flight include feeding your pet four hours prior to flying but avoid feeding too much or they may become nauseous, exercising your pet before travel and allowing your pet to void before going in the carrier. Click here to find out more about traveling with your pet.
Squirt is a very anxious cat at home and her owner wanted to know if sedation was an option to make her less anxious on the plane. The use of sedation for travel is no longer recommended in animals because they cannot be monitored and may have adverse reactions so we recommend using Feliway spray. Feliway is a synthetic ‘happy' hormone that can be sprayed in the carrier and also in the new home to help Squirt to relieve her anxiousness and adjust to her home easily. For more information about Feliway, please contact our friendly staff at the clinic on 9489 2195.
Jetpets: www.jetpets.com.au (Animal transport services)
Central Animal Records: 1800 333 202 www.car.com.au (Change of microchip details)