Should I feed my cat before flying?

Since throwing up is a primary feline reaction to stress, it is not a good idea to feed your cat right before flying, or for that matter before a car trip.

At the same time, however, you do not want your cat to be dehydrated, so do make sure you take water along and have a safe way to get it into the carrier for the cat without having to open the door.

One way to do this is to use the kind of water bottle often used for rabbits and small mammals like guinea pigs. These bottles have a ball bearing at the end of the drinking tube so water is only dispensed when the animal licks the ball.

Do be aware, however, that TSA flight regulations prohibit passengers from taking more than three ounces of liquid through the security checkpoint. Bring the empty water bottle for your cat and then fill it with bottled water you purchase on the other side of the security line.

If your cat is nervous and you are worried that nausea will be a problem in flight, speak to your veterinarian. There are anti-nausea medications that have the added benefit of making your pet sleepy, which may make the flight happier for all concerned.

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