All packed up and ready to go

The summer sun lures us out of the house and to faraway destinations. Dedicated pet owners often take their four-legged friends with them. To take your pet on holiday, you first need a good way to transport them. The experts from Maxi Zoo explain what to keep in mind.

 Travelling by car or train

If your cat is travelling with you by car or train, they need a transport box. This must be ventilated and large enough to stand upright, lie down and turn around in. Plastic boxes or kennels are popular as they are stable and easy to clean. Some cats don’t like transport boxes, and in this case we recommend a container you can put your pet in from the top, or special nylon travel bags. If you’re travelling by car, make sure that the box can be firmly secured. Your insurance is not liable if you cause an accident because your pet has not been properly housed! If you are travelling by train, ideally take your pet with you to your seat in their transport container. Don’t leave them alone in a draughty luggage car.

Travelling by plane

If you’re flying to your holiday destination, you need a transport box that meets the requirements of your airline company. This must be stable, waterproof, escape and injury-proof, ventilated on two sides and large enough to stand up, turn around and lie down in. Food and water has to be able to be provided on longer flights. Some airlines let you take smaller cats (up to around 5 kg) on board and stow them under your seat. You need a hand luggage-sized transport box (approx. 20 x 40 x 55 cm) if you plan on doing this.