Travelling With Pets

Cats and dogs are fearful of car travel because of the motion, the noises and they can’t see where they are going. It’s not a great idea to let your cat or dog roam freely in the car as it may get under your feet, distract you or hide under the seat and escape when you get out of the car.

Take The Cat

For transporting your cat safely you should put it in a cat cage or carrier. If you place the cage or carrier on a booster seat so that puss can see out the window the amount of piteous meowing can reduce.

The cage or carrier may be secured by a seat belt. Having a harness and lead with you may be useful if you want to let your cat out for a short break on a long trip. 
Ensure the carrier is lined with newspaper or a towel to keep your cat comfortable during the trip. Also ensure you have water and some dry biscuits available. 
Like children, some cats may get carsick: discuss options with your vet. There are some prescription drugs that work more reliably than the over-the-counter products.

Take The Dog

To transport your dog safely you should also use a crate, carrier or harness, secured by seat belts. Make sure you have a lead, portable water bowl and dry food available during the trip to ensure your dog doesn’t become dehydrated. Contact your vet if your dog shows signs of anxiety or car sickness.

Heat Stress In The Car

Remember, never ever leave any pet in a parked car in warmer weather, even with the windows down. Even on an overcast day the temperature inside can rise to a lethal level within minutes. Heat stress can be a killer and animals are much more sensitive to it than children.

Travelling With Pets By Air

Travelling on a plane can be just as stressful for your cat or dog as it can be for you. However, most pets who love to travel in the car cope well with flying. Of course, that means if your pet hates car rides or confined spaces, then it may be worth arranging to purchase the crate a month or so in advance to get them used to it.

There are two ways to organise your pet onto a flight:

  1. DIY: book direct with airlines and arrange all airport transfers yourself. Regulations vary with different airlines.
  2. Use a pet travel agent: book in with the experts – they receive airline industry rates so are competitive and take the stress out of moving.


This is important and you must speak to your particular airline about specific requirements. Make sure you know the answers to:

  • Where to drop your pet off.
  • When to drop your pet off – normally at least 90 minutes prior to departure.
  • How much you need to pay and payment options.
  • Do you need to supply anything for the crate?
  • Ensure you have all your contact numbers to give to the airlines.
  • Ensure you find out exactly where to collect your pet at destination.