My husband and I are planning to move from the east coast to central US. We will be taking out cat with us in-cabin and I would love some advice or stories from folks about their experiences.
(Neither of us drive so that is not an option for us)
I know that once we book our flights, we are to call and "reserve" a spot for him and pay once we get there. I know that the best way to make sure he gets onboard is to get there early, but I've read people's accounts of being turned away because of other passengers allergies and that worries me.
How did you prep your cat for long travel? Did your cat make a lot of noise or did they calm down? What was going through security like?
Any tips for what to expect would be really helpful in calming my nerves.
I completed a trip to Dallas and back with a cat last week and except for the permanent scars I will have from trying to put her into the pet carrier against her will, and one accident on the way home ("sir, something is leaking out of your bag"), it didn't go too badly.
I highly recommend getting some sort of spray or collar with phermones to calm your cat. Feliway makes a spray that is available from veternarians.
There are also calming collars available at Petco that are non-toxic and smell like lavender.
When you arrive at the ticket counter, you will pay the $95 pet fee and the agent will tag your pet carrier for your flight. At security you will need to remove the cat from his carrier and carry him through the metal detector. The TSA agents swabbed my hands for explosives afterward so be prepared for that. Once through security, the hardest part is getting the cat back into the carrier. Once you've accomplished that you simply walk to the gate and line up when the flight is ready to board.
My cat meowed occasionally inside the airport but remained calm on the aircraft. I didn't have any problems with other passengers having pet allergies.