How to Prepare Exotic Pets for Air Travel

Some people find it a bit of a hassle making air travel arrangements for their cat or dog. Imagine what it might be like for what are classed as exotic animals, such as reptiles, or even less common pets, such as a rabbit, turtle or hamster.

Regulations Both Ways

The first thing you will undoubtedly need to do is know what the travel regulations are going to be from your start point and your destination, even if you are not going to be bringing the pet back with you. It might be that some regions will not allow certain types of pets to enter their country.

The Travel Container

The type of travel container you will be required to have will depend on which part of the plane the pet will be located in during travel. If the pet is going to be allowed in the cabin, then the cage has to fit under the seat in front of you. There may be additional requirements such as plenty of ventilation and a bottom to the carrier that is waterproof. It must also be well secured so the pet cannot get loose.

If the requirement is that the pet has to be transported in the cargo section of the plane, then an airline pet carrier will be required. These types of carriers must be:

  • Made of a sturdy material
  • Assembled securely
  • Well ventilated on each of the four sides
  • Without any wheels on its base
  • Secured with a spring lock which is impossible for the pet to open

Exotic Pets

As a pet owner, you must check with the airlines to determine if your pet comes into the exotic pet category which includes the following:

  • Rabbits
  • Hamsters
  • Turtles
  • Reptiles

These few tips will make travelling with your pet by aeroplane more pleasant.