So what can you do to keep your pet quiet during the flight?The first thing to consider is that, under no circumstances, can you remove your pet from its carrier during the flight.This is not an exhaustive list, but American, Delta, United, and US Airways all require current health certificates as a prerequisite to boarding.Southwest does not, as of this writing, require any documentation whatsoever.Taking a cat on a plane means investing in a cat carrier.Whether it’s hard- or soft-sided, it will need to fit snugly under the seat in front of you.While you cannot remove the carrier from beneath the seat, nor the cat from the carrier during a flight, even limited interaction can make a difference to your cat’s experience.An occasional treat or a drop of water licked from your finger may sooth and pacify a nervous cat.
Take a small bag of treats and a TSA-approved bottle of water with you.
The dimensions of that space vary by plane, so if you cannot gather the relevant information, a soft case might be your best bet for a smooth trip. Practice placing your cat inside the case for short periods each day so that the ride to the airport isn’t the cat’s first experience of her carrier.
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The attendents will tell you that your pet must be stowed under the seat in front of you during take off and landing and we must all comply with that.
Hopefully, your pet is laying down at this point because you need to get the carrier under the seat in front of you.