(Closed) Traveling on a plane with your kitty

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
46645 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

me again- please don’t think I’m stalking you! I’m at work and it’s slow and we are allowed, even encouraged to surf the net between calls.

I haven’t travelled with a pet but I do know you have to register your pet ahead of time with Air Canada:


also here is Westjet’s http://www.seatguru.com/airlines/Westjet/pets.php

Post # 4
468 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’ve taken my dogs on board with me in their carrier several times and it was no problem. I did line the carrier with an extra pad or two to ensure their comfort and I placed some of their favorite soft toys in there with them. I made sure they used the bathroom just before boarding and made a beeline to the curb when we landed so they could go. I’ve even gotten the okay from the flight attendants to let my dogs out on uncrowded flights so they could sit in the empy seat next to me.

I’d just recommend not giving any food or water to Arthur for a couple of hours prior to the flight so that he has less of an urge to go while in transit.

Good luck & safe travels to you both!


PS – you should definitely try to get some of those plastic wings to put on his collar after the flight; it’d be too cute!

Post # 5
1458 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I would actually advise against the water and treats, depending on how long the flight is.  You don’t want your cat to throw up or go in the carrier because he’s nervous or something.  Maybe a little water is okay, but I think he’ll be fine with no food for 3-4 hours.

Post # 6
411 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Also, I’d ask the vet for a sedative – just in case. Sometimes crowded flights wil have really strict rules on non-sedated pets, and you don’t want to get into that situation. There’s a huge difference between walking down the street, and the changes in cabin pressure on a flight.

Post # 7
3762 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I second the fact that you really don’t want him to have food and water before or during the flight.  If he is thirsty give him a tiny bit but not a lot. 

Also, ask your vet if you can give a sedative or even benadryl.  It will make you and him MUCH more comfortable.  My mom has to give our dog benedryl before he goes to the vet or on a long car ride. 

Post # 9
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

If you have a t-shirt or other piece of clothing that you have worn, that has your scent on it, I would put that in there for him to make his bed in the carrier. Your scent will help to calm his nerves and make him feel safe.

Post # 10
2867 posts
Sugar bee

No advice, but I’m curious as well.  Seriously adorable kitty.  OMG so adorable!

Post # 11
5147 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

For the carrier, I recommend a SturdiBag. That’s what I got for my dogs after a lot of research to the roomiest airline-aproved pet carrier. And it’s flexible on top so it can squish a little if the seats are a little lower.


Sedatives are not required by the airline. You can get a sedative from your vet for just-in-case; but don’t give it to your cat unless the cat needs it.


Practice at home ahead of time. Put the cat in it’s airline carrier for 5 minutes, then 10 minutes, then 30 minutes, then 1 hour. (Space this out over days or a week so it doesn’t overwhelm the cat.)

Post # 12
4419 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

You need to contact the airline and find out what their regulations are on pets. Some will not let you keep them in the passenger area.  Plus I would get right on booking your flight, because you do have to give the airline notice that you are planning on bringing a pet.  Expect to be charged extra.

Post # 13
441 posts
Helper bee

@MsGolightly: cute ragdoll ๐Ÿ™‚


I’ve never tried to take my cat (also a ragdoll, although I doubt this is a breed trait) on a plane, but she HATES riding in cars. She gets really anxious and meows like she’s dying. I’m too nervous to give her Benadryl even though my vet has said it’s ok, but it would probably be a good idea to have something on hand in case Arthur gets anxious. That being said, my cat didn’t seem to develop her fear of car-riding until she was older. She almost always slept the entire time when we traveled with her as a kitten, so you might not have any problems. Some things that help the anxiety: talking to her/putting my fingers in the carrier to let her know I’m there and putting a pillowcase I’ve used in there so she has my smell.

Post # 14
1756 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

If you do end up deciding to use some sort of sedative, test it before you get on the plane. I’ve seen some cats have paradoxical reactions to sedatives, and end up REALLY freaked out rather than sedated – definitely not something you want to happen on the plane!

Post # 15
3166 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MsGolightly: oh goodness – what a face!!!!!!!!!!! here’s my kitty-flying experience.

i took my ~4 mo old kitty on a plane just after i got her because i had adopted her in the city by FH lives in (long distance relationship). she had her papers since i’d just adopted her and we went to petsmart and got a cheap soft carrier for her, threw in some free toys they gave us, got a big dog collar at the dollar store to use as a makeshift leash, and we were on our way. it wasn’t a big deal – she got in and was quiet the whole time. picked her up with the makeshift leash and held her when we went through security, and then… my flight got cancelled. so i waited for another… and it was too full. SO! we were at the airport for like 6 hours without flying and had to get FH come get us.

Overnight, there was a HUGE thunderstorm that continued to the next morning. As FH took us to the airport she was howling bloody murder because of the rain. We did the same as last time, picked her up and walked her through security, and waited at the gate. it was non-stop howling and crying for her though because of the weather – the night before she had been absolutely perfect and hadn’t made a peep! so i went into the little convenience store and got a pack of benadryl, bit about a 1/4 off and in the middle of one of her screams, chucked it in her mouth. lol! it worked like a charm. she settled in again, we got on our flights, and made it home. i cheated and let her pop her head out a couple times in flight to check on her and she was fine – not drowsy, just calm.

I wouldn’t do the water and treats, he really wont need it. Also, you shouldn’t need the puppy pads – cats don’t need to pee as often as dogs because their bodies are more efficient. so it shouldn’t be a problem. i’d get a carrier that has coverable sides so that way there’s less for him to get bothered by. and when you’re in the airport, you can always stick your hand down in the carrier to give him some comforting strokes. i think my Clementine would have been perfect without the storm, but you can always do the benadryl trick if he’s not a happy camper – just make sure it’s a low dose. ๐Ÿ˜€

another thing i’ll suggest is to take the middle seat on the plane. it has the most room under the seat for you to put the carrier, which will give you more leg room and then you can secure your feet around the sides of the carrier for take off and landing to keep him from jostling around. here’s mine in her carrier under the middle seat. 

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