Choose a transport case for your cat

Posted on January 03 2019

Choose a transport case for your cat

The transport crates are very useful for every trip by car, train or plane with your cat. Whether for a long trip or a simple return trip to your veterinarian, the comfort of your cat is paramount, as is its safety. But how to choose them? We help you make your choice.

At the transport crates, some may prefer a simple bag. There are all kinds, but they are much less robust and solid than the famous boxes. They offer an excellent compromise between comfort for your cat and practice for you. In addition, they are more economical and easy to clean.

IATA certified transport cases

First of all, a transport crate is essential if you are traveling by plane. Your cat must be transported in the hold in a transport box that meets the IATA (International Air Transport Association) standard.

According to Air France , several criteria must be fulfilled:

  • The body shell must be made of fiberglass or rigid plastic only.
  • If the crate has wheels, they must be removed. If they are retractable, they must be blocked with tape.
  • The door must have a central locking system that simultaneously locks the 2 closing points at the top and bottom of the door.
  • Door hinges must extend at least 1.6 cm beyond the horizontal edge above and below the door.
  • Both parts of the hull must be held by bolts. Any other lateral closure system is strictly prohibited. Another closure system may possibly come in addition to the bolts.
  • The animal must be able to stand , head fully erect, without touching the top of the box. He must also be able to turn around and lie down comfortably .
  • The crate must have a double bowl for water and food . It must be empty, secured and accessible without opening the box.

The document must be signed and brought to the airport on the day of your departure.

Choose your transport case

To choose a transport case for your cat, you must pay attention to several criteria, besides the IATA standard:
  • Choose a real shipping crate to a wicker cage or foldable bag.
  • Pay attention to the size of the cage. Your cat should be able to stand up like lying down during his trip.
  • The lateral or frontal vents allowing the box to ventilate properly. Your cat will not suffer heat in the cargo hold or during his trip.
  • A handle above is a plus. It allows you to take the box without the risk of scratching.

Feel free to add a cushion to the bottom of the cage for the comfort of your cat.
Bolts for secure fastening.

Transport crates at what price?

Plastic transport cages, standards and with all the equipment, it is possible to find around 15€. Some more robust cages can see their price climb around 40 or even 50€.

Recent Posts