How to choose the correct size of travelling Kennel
Please ensure that your pet's travelling kennel is the right size.
It must be large enough for your pet to stand and sit straight, to comfortably turn around and to lie down in a natural position. The back and sides of the container should have ample air holes for the comfort of your pet. The front of the container should have an appropriate welded wire mesh grille.
Size is essential for safety. It is not just essential but it is International Law that all animals are shipped in an IATA approved flight container that offers them comfort, safety and adequate ventilation during their flight.
For cats and dogs you must ensure that they have enough room to stand up straight, turn around and stretch out inside the container.
To make your pet more comfortable, you should place an old t-shirt or blanket in the container along with a favourite soft toy. This will help it feel at home whilst in a strange environment.
lt's better for your pets to travel on an empty stomach (do not feed within 6 hours of departure). Treat as though going to the vet for an operation.
We recommend that you exercise your dog for about 30 minutes prior to collection.
ReloCat Safeguards for Pets Traveling as Cargo
Millions of animals travel safely aboard aircraft every year. ReloCat and Airline personnel make every effort to handle these animals with the care they deserve.
Where are animals placed in the aircraft?
All live animals are secured in the cargo holds which are located underneath the passenger deck. The holds are temperature and pressure controlled in exactly the same way as the passenger cabins and comfortable.
Whilst the holds do not have any lighting whilst in flight, it has been proven over the years that animals travel better in darkness and that they arrive in better shape than the passengers as animals do not suffer jetlag!
Is it stressful?
Whilst the initial part of the trip (arrival at the airport, separation from the owner, vet examination, X-ray, delivery to airline and subsequent delivery to the aircraft) is undoubtedly stressful for the pet, once they are in the aircraft and used to the noise, they will just tend to sleep through the flight. They will realise that not only can they not get out, but nothing can get into their crate, so they are safe. In the absence of stimuli the pet will “shut down” and sleep for the flight accompanied by the lullaby of the airplane. Cats especially will not be bothered by the flight. Our experience have taught us that pets getting off of a long-haul flight look better than their owners!
Excessive heat or cold can prohibit airline pet transportation. Airlines place restrictions on pet transport due to temperature. These restrictions are referred to as heat and cold embargos. These policies are implemented during the warm and cold weather months to prevent illness or death. Although the temperature in the live animal cargo area of an airliner is controlled during the flight, the embargos take into account the temperature on the tarmac (runway) before take off and upon arrival. We arrange for the best time to transport your pet during the winter and summer months. This is especially important in the summer for pug nosed dogs and snub-nosed cats who are more susceptible to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke.
Tranquilizers during air travel.
You may have read about the suggested use of tranquilizers during air travel on some pet related information sites. This is dangerous advice that can be fatal to your pet. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), air transport of sedated