Pet travel

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Pet travel is the process of traveling with or transporting pets. Pet carriers like cat carriers and dog crates confine and protect pets during travel.

Animal stress[edit]

Pets may experience stress and anxiety from unfamiliar situations and locations. Cats are especially stressed by change.[1] Instead of travelling with their owner on vacation, pets can be boarded at kennels or kept at home with a friend or pet sitter.[1] However, that also includes unfamiliar situations and locations. This is not an option when moving permanently.

Travel methods[edit]

Air travel[edit]

Pets may travel in the aircraft cabin, checked baggage or cargo. However, airlines set their own policies regarding the travel of pets.[2][3][4][5] Pet Airways specialized in transporting pets, but failed as a business.

The Humane Society of the United States recommends avoiding air travel if possible.[6] Extreme temperatures and thin air have extra risk for brachycephalic animals such as bulldogs, Pekingese dogs, pugs and Persian cats.[6][7] Department of Transportation Air Travel Reports recorded 302 deaths, injuries and disappearances over 6 years with 35 deaths in 2011.[8][9] Two dogs died in as many months on United Airlines flights in 2012.[8][10]

If pets escape, they can face danger, even if they escape on the ground. A cat named Jack escaped from his carrier in American Airlines baggage handling at John F Kennedy airport, went missing for 61 days, and was eventually euthanized.[11][12][13] Another cat escaped and was run over by a vehicle on the tarmac at Delhi airport when traveling with Jet Airways.[14][15]

Car travel[edit]

Pets riding in cars are safest contained in carriers tied with a seat belt.[16] They are advised to be in the back seat or have the airbags turned off.[16] Dog harnesses can restrain but the Center for Pet Safety found "a 100-percent failure rate to protect either the consumer or the dog."[16][17] Unrestrained pets can interfere with driving and can be seriously injured in an accident,[16] but no states require pets to be secured in cars.


Mitt Romney faced controversy for driving with his dog Seamus on top of the car.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Travelling: Should Your Pet Stay or Go? : The Humane Society of the United States". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  2. ^ "Pets in the Passenger Cabin". 2009-10-28. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ "Traveling with Pets | American Airlines Pet Travel Policies". 2012-02-21. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  4. ^ "United Airlines - In-cabin pets". Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  5. ^ "Pet Travel Options". 2013-07-14. Retrieved 2013-08-14. 
  6. ^ a b "Pets and Air Travel : The Humane Society of the United States". Retrieved 2012-10-10. 
  7. ^ The Humane Society of the United States. "Traveling Tips for Pets on Planes, Trains, or Ships : The Humane Society of the United States". Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  8. ^ a b "‘Distraught’ model blames airline for dog's death - TODAY Pets & Animals -". 2012-09-21. Retrieved 2012-10-16. 
  9. ^ Kirchner, Elyce. "Airline Animal Deaths Raise Concern". NBC Bay Area. Retrieved 2013-08-16. 
  10. ^ "Time to Reconsider Flying With Your Pet? - ABC News". 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-10-02. 
  11. ^ "UPDATE: Jack The Cat, JFK Lost Cat, Stranded At Airport During Irene, American Airlines Launches Search", Global Pulse (Huffington Post), August 31, 2011, retrieved November 15, 2011 
  12. ^ "Lost 'Jack The Cat' Finally Found At New York's JFK Airport", Global Pulse (Huffington Post), October 26, 2011, retrieved November 15, 2011 
  13. ^ "'Jack The Cat' Dies After 2 Months At Airport", Global Pulse (Huffington Post), November 7, 2011, retrieved November 15, 2011 
  14. ^ Stancati, Margherita (2013-03-25). "‘The Airline That Killed My Pet’ - India Real Time - WSJ". Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  15. ^ TNN Mar 26, 2013, 05.14AM IST (2013-03-26). "Flyer’s pet cat escapes, crushed at IGI Airport - Times Of India". Retrieved 2013-07-09. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Travelling by Car with Pets : The Humane Society of the United States". Retrieved 2012-10-19. 
  17. ^ "Tests On Dog Harnesses Show 100 Percent Failure Rate « CBS Miami". 2013-06-21. Retrieved 2013-09-05. 

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