Sedating cats for airline travel
According to Jane Brunt, DVM, Executive Director of the CATalyst Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting cat welfare and well being, cats should be trained to travel.
"The more your cat is conditioned to travel, the better," she says.
Most vets do not recommend sedating your pet prior to travel and airlines may not accept a sedated animal.Getting your pet comfortable with their container is the best thing you can do to calm their nerves (and your own! Put their favourite toy or a comfort item such as an old shirt with your smell on it in the container and encourage them to sleep in it, explore it and become comfortable with it at home.Taking your pet on a few short drives in the container may also help them become used to travelling in it.There are natural calmers to help your pet if they are particularly anxious or hyperactive, but this should be discussed with your vet during your pre-flight visit.Many vets have pet First Aid Kits available for purchase, great for unexpected injury or illness.
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All pets must travel in containers approved by the International Air Transport Association (IATA).