Cat transport

Whenever we acquire an animal for our zoo, regardless of the species, we try to collect it on-site at the breeder's house and we travel by car, van or plane. Thanks to that, we have traveled through Europe several times and discovered amazing corners.



In the case of cats, air Transport Every day it is easier since today companies offer the possibility of traveling with the animal in the cabin for an affordable cost. In this way we avoid trauma and eternal trips to the little ones and it is something that we fervently recommend. In addition, visit the breeder and be able to exchange opinions, queries, etc. It is always a great help.

Pursuing our desire to obtain excellent bloodlines of Russian blue cats, this weekend we collected our new male Illusion Alim in the south of Sweden, so we flew via Copenhagen and took the opportunity to do some sightseeing around the area with a rental car. We prefer to travel by road, but in this case the distance and the short time available have made it unfeasible.

This time we flew with Vueling, as they allow you to travel with the kitten in the cabin, right under your seat and perfectly controlled at all times. It is not possible to hire pet transportation for a single trip if you are going to book round-trip flights online, so the process must be processed by telephone. An extra 40 euros per trip and pet must be added to the price of the ordinary ticket. Only one pet is allowed per person and the company's regulations allow a maximum of two pets per flight, so it is important to check first if there is space available for pets on the flight we are interested in booking.

The carrier must also meet a series of characteristics that are specified on the company's website. It must be flexible and of a certain size. In this case our carrier was 4 cm longer on one side but there was no problem.

It is also important to carry the animal's passport that the breeder will provide us with and it must also be vaccinated against rabies and this must be stated in the passport.

When passing through security control at the airport, they usually make the animal carrier go to a closed room where they can calmly remove the animal from the carrier without the risk of it escaping. In this way they check the carrier without causing any alteration to the animal. This operation usually lasts a few minutes.

If it is not possible to personally pick up due to dates, time, logistics, etc. and no one can go on our behalf to pick up the cat, we recommend that the breeder come to our house to bring us the animal or someone designated for this purpose. In the case of our kitten, her breeder brought her from Italy and we picked her up at the Barcelona airport, where we also had the opportunity to chat for a while with the breeder, who gave us advice that turned out to be very useful.

If you opt for the road transport, you must have the following material to make things easier for you: if it is for a short trip of no more than 3 hours, you can use a hard or flexible carrier. You can place inside a blanket or cushion that another cat in the home has used and if you don't have one, spray it with cat pheromones to make it calmer and even put some calming product so that it doesn't get excessively stressed (we breeders usually have so it is not always necessary to spend on this).

For somewhat longer trips I usually prepare a cage where I take a small litter tray, a bed, a feeder and a waterer (the latter are empty and I fill them a little when we make stops; when resuming the trip I recommend emptying it again; I only do this if the cats that travel with me already know me and trust me; in the case of puppies that do not know me, I never open the transport cage, except in an emergency situation).