Most cats feel very vulnerable off home ground. That is why I started my in-home (their home) cat-sitting service 16 years ago.
But if you must travel with kitty you should be well-prepared.
I have a few travelling tips for those who plan to travel with a cat.
1. No food or water within 4 hours of departure.
2.Make food and water available on a long flight but line the carrier with towels or shredded paper in case of an accident.
3.Inform the person next to you that you have a cat.
4.If your cat is travelling in cargo area, attach dishes to the inside of the carrier and freeze the water so it will thaw after take-off and not spill out during loading.
5. If travelling by car be aware that some state require a veterinary health certificate in order to take an animal across state lines.
6. Once you have arrived at your final destination, set up your cat's litter pan and make sure all windows, doors and other potential kitty escape routes are closed and locked.
7. No matter how small your cats are or how well you think they get along, resist the temptation to cram two into one carrier.
8. Never try to sneak your cat on board without a reservation. Being able to travel with your pet on board is a privilege given to us by the airlines.
Sierra has informed me that she's not going anywhere.
(If anyone has traveled with a cat and has some valuable suggestions, please let us know)
OMGosh - I should be tarred and cat-haired. I forgot to post the MOST IMPORTANT TIP....be sure to have identification on your cat before boarding or travelling by car. Thank you Knatolee from http://knatolee.blogspot.com/ for adding that most important tip. Drop by and visit Knatolee 'cause she has some adorable animals and chickens too.