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Air travel can be hectic for both you and your cat. Preparation goes a long way. One way is to have the vet microchip your cat. Breakaway collars are also great: make sure it has destination information in case your cat escapes. Book a direct flight. This way, your cat won’t be left on the tarmac during extreme weather or be mishandled by baggage personnel.

Write the words “live animal” in huge letters on top of the crate. Also write the name, address and telephone number of where your cat is going, and whether you will be traveling with your cat or if someone else is picking him up. One more thing: line the crate with some type of bedding – shredded paper towels – to absorb accidents. Happy landings.