Then it’s time to decide how you and your cat are going to get there.
Air Travel has become more complex and stressful over the past decade, and not just for humans.
Unfortunately what you and your pet prefer may not be what is safe or even necessary.
Sedatives have been used for years in pets to calm them and reduce nervousness, usually in association with thunderstorms or fireworks.
Here at Pet Relocation, we are constantly asked about sedation or the use of tranquilizers when flying our customers' pets. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), sedating cats or dogs during air travel may increase the risk of heart and respiratory problems.
Except in unusual circumstances, veterinarians should not dispense sedatives for animals that are to be transported.
Above all, the best thing you can do to ease your cat's anxiety is to make sure that he is properly crate-trained.
The more comfortable your cat is with his crate, the less anxious he will be during travel, and the less likely that he will show aggression at the airport.
There have been a number of instances where sedated pets traveling by air needed veterinary care to recover from the sedation. Occasionally, owners have given repeated doses to ensure a comfortable journey for their pet.Animals can respond very differently to sedatives/tranquilizers under normal circumstances.Cats for instance, occasionally become more excited following the administration of "sedating" drugs.But if you are moving to a new country and need to take your cat with you, you may have no choice but to transport him on a plane.But, if you absolutely must travel with your cat, either because you are moving, or because you just really do not want to leave your cat alone with out you, we have a few travel tips for you to try and make it a little less stressful on all.When questioned by airline personnel, many owners claim that their veterinarians had advised them to do so.