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Airline Approved Cat Carriers

In order to travel by air, cats must be carried or transported in airline approved cat carriers. Most airlines will allow you to take a cat into the cabin of the plane if the flight is under 6 hours in duration. Today, there are both soft-sided and hard-sided airline approved cat carriers. Soft-sided and hard-sided carriers are both made of waterproof materials and are easy to clean if an accident does occur during traveling. Either type should offer secure closure mechanisms to prevent an unwanted escape.

Prior to traveling by air with your cat, make sure that when placing your ticket reservation that you ask exactly which carriers are accepted by the airline you are using and whether your cat may fly under your seat or must be checked as cargo. Be sure to notify the airline that you will be traveling with your cat as many airlines have restrictions regarding the number of animals allowed on a flight (one pet per passenger and two pets per cabin). Also verify the dimensions of the airline approved cat carriers you are considering purchasing so you can make sure that it will fit under the seat in the airplane cabin. One airline has as 23 inch long, 13 inch wide and 9 inch high size requirement for use in the airplane cabin. Some size requirements are smaller. Generally, the weight limit for carriers in cabins is about 23 pounds; this includes the carrier, the cat and any cat essentials you are carrying in the carrier.