Sedating cats for plane travel
Yes, but keep in mind that you have to follow both the United States regulations as well as the regulations in the other country to which you are traveling.Transporting Your Cat in the Cabin Transporting Your Cat in the Cargo Hold Community Q&A Air travel is not recommended for pets, unless it is absolutely necessary.In fact, air travel can be hazardous for animals with “pushed in” faces, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats as they may have breathing issues when flying due to their limited airways and stress.Visit our FAQs about short-nosed dogs and air travel for more information.
Airlines may require a signed statement that your pet has not been tranquilized prior to flying. Patricia Olsen with the American Humane Association, "An animal's natural ability to balance and maintain equilibrium is altered under sedation and when the kennel is moved, a sedated animal may not be able to brace and prevent injury." It is best to purchase an approved crate prior to travel (at the airline or local pet store) so you have time to let your pet get used to the crate and be comfortable.
But if you are moving to a new country and need to take your cat with you, you may have no choice but to transport him on a plane.