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traveling with two cats in the plane?!?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
i want to know whats the best idea to travel with cats.

i have two sphera bags, the x-large ones. should i buy another one ? or i dont know.

does anyone have experience?

thank you!
post #2 of 10
Pets can travel in a carrier under the seat in front of you as your carry-on luggage, otherwise they have to go in cargo. I don't think two cats would fit in the space under the seat in front of you on any airplane.
post #3 of 10
The airlines won't let you travel with two cats.
One pet per person

Northwest charges $80 per pet each way as well.

I'd like to fly with two cats as well.
post #4 of 10
One person cannot carry on two cats. However, check with the airlines - usually they allow two animals on one flight - but you'd have to have two people with one cat each.

Otherwise one can be carry on - the other one has to ride in the larger varikennel in the cargo part under the plane.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
are they going to be safe under the cargo? i talked to usa, and aa, and they told me that they are going to be safe, but i am a little nervous.
they charge a 100 dollars extra for both cats, which is crazy, but what can i do.

thank you!!!
post #6 of 10
It depends on the airline. One major airline lets you travel with two cats as long as they are small enough to fit comfortably in one carrier -- for example, a mother cat and kitten, or two kittens. The best thing is to call your airline and ask about their specific policies.

With two adult cats, you'll probably have to put them in a large hard carrier in the pet hold. This isn't the same as the cargo hold for luggage... it has better temperature controls. However, I think it's not quite as good as the cabin.

Whether you're carrying on or putting the cats in the hold, they're going to charge you extra.
post #7 of 10
A lot of airlines won't allow pets in cargo at certain times of year. It depends on the airline and the flights involved.

Ideally, you'll want someone to fly with you. Trust me, getting through security with a cat takes 2 people. You have to send the carrier through the machine, so you get to walk through the metal detector with the cat and hope that the metal on the harness doesn't set it off.

If you have the time, you might suggest to the TSA agent that they pull you out for a special inspection. That way, you get taken out of line to a slightly quieter area.

One other word of advice: think carefully about all layovers. 2 hours in the Las Vegas airport with all the slot machines was NOT a good idea.
post #8 of 10
I've had cats shipped to me or shipped to a breeder with no problems

They are safe under the plane - they really don't ride next to a piece of luggage - they have a protective part that has the same venilation as in the cabin.

If these are grown cats, you won't get two of them in the same carrier thru the airlines!
post #9 of 10
Originally Posted by GoldenKitty45 View Post
They are safe under the plane
I agree, in Australia animals are not allowed in the cabin, my 3 kittens all came to me from another state and all were just fine in cargo.
post #10 of 10
Another potential downside to the cats traveling underneath is that you have to trust them to airline personnel. A family member recently traveled with her two cats, and on arrival searched everywhere for them, only to find the carrier abandoned, completely alone, in a remote part of the JFK baggage claim area. You'd think they'd at least keep them at the baggage desk.
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