Originally Posted by white cat lover
Not a chance are they going in cargo. I will fly them as carry-on only or not at all. Yes, it will be slightly cramped, but I plan to pull them out from under the seat as soon as no one is looking.
We're flying nonstop 3 hours flight with NWA. Sharky found some carriers that will work perfectly. As for number of pets per flight restriction, looked into that already.
It's your cats and your decision, but let me assure you that your cats are going to be more just *slightly
* cramped, they are going to in pain and unbearably unconfortable. I can't stress that enough.
Second you will have to have one seat for each cat.
Third, you will not be allowed to sit where ever you want. A specific seating area will be designated for you and your cats.
Fourth, you will not be allowed to take them out of the carriers!!!
It is NOT an option! Not only that, how will anyone NOT notice you are taking the cats out from under the seat? You could be kicked off the plane! And if the plane is already airborne, you could face disciplinary charges when you land. This is serious! Remember all the bruhaha with Southwest over the girl with the mini skirt???? Airlines don't mess around, there's not getting around their rules!
If you don't want to have them in cargo, and again, normally I would never consider this option, but it is after all only a 3 hour flight, much
different than 9 or 10 hours. Your next option for your cats safety and least amount of pain and discomfort is to have them completely sedated for the duration of the trip.
Sedation is the option I like the least because it is never healthy or good to do that to them.
What I suggest, go to your pet store, buy the carrier you plan to put them in, (you will need one for each cat, but just buy one) keep the receipt, so you can get a refund on your carrier later. When you get home put one of your cats in it and see how well he fits in there. When you see with your own eyes how cramped he will be you will change your mind ... I hope! That's how I made my decision to drive and not fly on my last trip. But that trip would have been a 9 hour flight so for my babies that was not an option!
But it's your choice. Please give this some serious thought.
Extreme Kitty Lover