If you are thinking about shipping your cat across the country or internationally, it’s best to use a professional Pet Shipping Service such as Animal Transporters or Pet Shipping Los Angeles . If you are going to attemp this on your own, here are some suggestions and tips to help you with this process.
Make sure your cat’s papers are up-to-date days in advance of shipping. Check with your vet to find out any extra precautions or advice that you need before shipment time. The vet will also make sure that your animal’s rabies shots are current. This is also a good time to ask about possible sedation for the animal during its trip.
Use an adequate cage for your cat. Your cat should be able to get up and turn around in the enclosure. Make sure the carrier is rigid enough to sustain a fall or collision with other baggage without collapsing on your cat. It’s a good idea to write down your contact information on the cage, just to be on the safe side.
Place a collar on the cat, with the correct tags , and remember to mark your kennel with your information (contact info. and destination address/phone number).
Be sure the driver knows any special medication your cat takes, as well as the type of diet, water and exercise schedule that your cat is used to. Be sure to give extra food and medication to the driver, in case their trip takes longer than expected due to weather, traffic, mechanical problems, etc.
Send toys, towels, blankets, or other things that your cat loves to play with and makes them feel at home. If air shipment is required, be aware that animals traveling alone as cargo (when a passenger ticket has not been purchased) may not be traveling on a passenger plane. In these circumstances, if it is too hot or too cold the airline may not accept the pet for shipment on that day. Always call ahead to make sure your pet will board, and call again after take off to make sure your pet made it onto the plane.