Sedating cats on airplanes

Alice slept for most of the drive, only looking up at me when I would reach inside the carrier to pet her.

I paid a fee of about 0 USD for Alice to fly in the cabin with me as previously arranged. Alice yawned and accepted the kisses my mom gave her before we headed through security.

And surprisingly, it really wasn’t a bad experience.

We moved from the United States to Europe in May of 2014 with plans for my other cat to join us soon.

Don’t feed them too much; the object here is to keep them occupied, not to fill their belly.

Remember not to open the carrier so that your pet can escape. Other tips for traveling pet owners: put a worn t-shirt or piece of your clothing with your scent on it in the carrier with your pet. Pack light so you don’t have to fumble with other luggage and can move quickly to turn your attention to your pet.

Also, a finger tip that has been dunked in a glass of water is a good way to keep your pet occupied.

This is the perfect opportunity to keep your pet in its carrier on your lap, turn it towards the window, and hug it tightly (if your pet allows for hugs) and stroke it through the carrier (assuming you are using a soft sided carrier which we highly recommend).

Alice received a few bored glances from the TSA and security as I carried her in my arms through a scanning machine.

She was so quiet that no one seemed to even notice her.

Keep your voice low and close to your pet while assuring it that everything will be ok.

Lots of “good girls” and “good boys” are certainly a welcome sound for a nervous pet.