Cats on a Plane: The Ultimate Guide to Feline-Friendly Flights in India

Purr-haps you've wondered if your feline friend could accompany you on your sky-high adventures. If you're a cat parent in India, you might be familiar with the tail-spin of booking a flight with a furry friend in tow. With airlines' policies varying from whisker-stiffening to paws-itively comforting, navigating these meow-nificent skies is no easy feat.

Thankfully, with the recent change in policies by airlines like Air Canada, Air India, and Akasa Air, it seems like these companies have decided to finally let the cat out of the bag, quite literally. So, fellow cat parents, pack your kitty's favourite toys and buckle up; we're taking off on a pawsome journey!

Air India, for instance, only allows two pets per domestic flight - one in Economy and one in Business class. Just imagine your beloved fur-ball enjoying the Business class comforts while you fight for elbow room in Economy! In a bid to avoid a cat-astrophe, remember to register your pet within 24 hours of booking your ticket. Also, reaching the airport early and checking in first might earn you some brownie points, and by that, I mean kitty points!

With Akasa Air, the scales tip in favour of lighter pets. Pets under 7kg can enjoy the cabin’s warmth, while those between 7-32kg undergo security and get checked in at the counter. Any furry companion weighing above 32kg must journey through the cargo terminal. Sounds like a fine time to put Mr. Whiskers on that diet, eh?

Now, what could make this journey easier, you may ask? Cue our 'Weekender - Expandable Duffel Bag', your feline friend's very own VIP (Very Important Pet) suite. With expandable compartments for ventilation, it doubles up as a regular duffel bag when you're cat-less. Our pet carriers are 'purr-fectly' designed to make your cat feel secure and comfortable. Plus, they're IATA compliant, allowing them to be tucked safely under the seat in front of you. Because the only thing better than flying is flying with your best friend, right?

Before we jet off, here are a few quick tips to make the journey smoother than a cat’s purr:

  • Feed Sparingly: Avoid feeding your cat 4-6 hours before the flight to prevent in-flight discomfort.
  • Fly Direct: Booking direct flights reduces travel time, which can be stress-inducing for your cat.
  • Beware of the Breeds: Persian cats, with their short nasal pathways, might have difficulty breathing in-flight.

In conclusion, traveling with your feline friend doesn’t have to be a cat-astrophic event. With the right carrier and some careful planning, you can bid adieu to travel woes and enjoy the journey with your furry companion. So, whether you're planning a vacation or a move, don't pro-cat-stinate! Pack those bags, gather your courage (and your cat), and let your feline wanderlust soar.

Happy traveling, or should we say, “Happy trails to mew!"

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