As passionate pet lovers, we understand that traveling with your cat on a plane involves unique considerations, such as their bathroom needs. While it may not be the most glamorous topic, it is crucial for your feline friend's comfort and well-being during the journey.
Before embarking on your trip, it's important to note that not all airlines allow cats in the cabin. To determine if it's an option, we recommend checking with your specific airline. For instance, Petcommute has partnered with several airlines, including cat-friendly options like American Airlines. However, there are specific requirements you must fulfill, such as having a pet carrier that fits under the seat in front of you, and ensuring your cat remains in the carrier throughout the flight.
When it comes to bathroom breaks, it's not feasible to let your cat roam freely in the plane. Instead, we recommend providing a portable "litter box" solution. Our preferred method includes shredded newspaper or an absorbent pad, or even better, a combination of both.
Now, let's address a common concern: how long can cats hold their pee while traveling? Just like humans, cats have a natural urge to relieve themselves. While they can typically hold their bladder for several hours, it's essential to provide regular opportunities for them to use the litter box, especially on longer flights.
You may wonder if you can take cat litter on a plane. If your cat is traveling in the cabin, you may be able to accompany them to the airplane bathroom, ensuring it's unoccupied and maneuvering your cat and carrier safely. Alternatively, you can utilize a portable litter box within your seating area, although this may not be feasible during takeoff and landing.
For cats traveling in the cargo hold, it's crucial to ensure they have access to their litter box and absorbent materials within their carrier. Whenever possible, we recommend coordinating with the airline to arrange a designated bathroom break for your cat during layovers.
Regarding feeding and watering, it's advisable to avoid feeding your cat right before the flight to prevent stomach issues. Offering water during the journey is essential, and you can use a water dispenser attached to the carrier or a small dish that fits inside. Keep in mind that some airlines may require a health certificate for your cat before allowing them to fly.
During the security screening process, you'll need to remove your cat from their carrier, passing the carrier through the metal detector. Your cat will usually undergo a separate screening procedure, either through the X-ray machine or a handheld scanner. To prepare your cat for this experience, it's beneficial to acclimate them to the carrier beforehand, taking them on short trips or car rides.
To summarize, although flying with your cat may initially seem overwhelming, it's entirely achievable with proper preparation. Ensure you have a suitable pet carrier, a portable litter box with shredded newspaper or absorbent pads, and water for your feline companion. And don't forget to consult your airline in advance to meet all their requirements for traveling with pets. At Petcommute, we're here to make your cat's travel experience safe, comfortable, and stress-free.