Catster had a very funny article about how a feline used his human’s lap as a litter box when he was flying on a small private plane. This feline, named Houston liked to travel by car, so the human figured he would be okay with flying. The human who was carrying Houston was told that he would just think it was a big, noisy car, so everything would be okay. That was clearly not the case, because once the small plane got airborne, Houston decided that his human’s lap would make a nice litter box.
To make things worse, the humans had to divert due to weather, and the whole trip, which was supposed to save time versus driving, ended up taking much longer.
But this got me thinking. Is flying stressful for felines? A diabetic cat like me should not receive any additional stress, because it boosts my sugar levels.
I have gone flying with my human twice. One time was when I was a tiny little mitten kitten. He adopted me from Animal Sanctuary Society Incorporated in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey. We drove to a small airport, South Jersey Regional Airport, and then we flew to another small airport, Montgomery County Airpark. Then my human put me in a car and we drove to my new home.
I did not fuss at all during the trip, and only complained when we landed, and the human had shut down the airplane and was waiting for another human to put something in it that makes the engine run. That was over soon, though, and I quickly got home and got introduced to my new brofur, Pepe.
The second time I went flying with my human was when we moved from Maryland to San Diego. This time, I got on a big plane, and the human put me under the seat in front of him. He cracked the top of the cage so that he could give me ear scritches, but I was content to try to relax and sleep.
Just like the first time, I did not fuss when we landed. I only started to fuss when the human had claimed his luggage and was walking to the shuttle to take us to our rental car. I wanted to go to the litter box, and because the human didn’t have one, I had to go and did!
It is a good thing that we did this before I was diagnosed as a diabetic cat, because many humans in white coats say that flying is stressful for felines like me. Have any of you had experiences with flying felines? How was it?