As summer begins, so do plans of travel. If you want to take your cat with you this year, you need to plan well in advance.
For many airlines, It is possible to have your pet in the cabin with you, but you MUST make sure that you and your cat arrive at the airport fully compliant with all of the airlines pet travel policies.
Book your flight WELL in advance, because even if your chosen airline will allow pets to travel, there is often a limit on how many can travel on the same flight. Communication is key. Read the rules and re-read them. Speak to the airline before booking and make sure that you understand what is expected of you. Run through the rules with an agent again while booking the flight if possible, and again when speaking with an agent to confirm.
American Airlines requires you to present a health certificate for your pet if you are planning to send him as checked baggage (not traveling in the cabin with you.) They will also not allow pets to be checked more than four hours before your flight.
You must check in at the ticket counter-NO Curbside or Self-Check- In. Give yourself even more time than you normally would.
· You will be asked to complete a checklist with an agent. Here are a few of the questions as examples:
Are separate food/watering dishes securely attached and accessible without opening the kennel?
When was the last time the pet was fed and offered water?
Have you complied with all government requirements for international destinations?
Have you provided an original, valid health certificate for checked pets?
Can the pet sit, stand and rest comfortably without touching any of the sides of the kennel?