Shipment Process


Having a kittens shipped by airlines is a common concern of many clients. As a breeder that has been shipping kittens across different countries for 10+ years, I no longer have these concerns, but I do understand them so I thought I would take a few minutes to explain the procedure and hopefully put these concerns to rest.

Airline Requirements for Shipping your Kittens:


In order to ship a kittens to other states and out of the country, the airlines require a health certificate issued by a verified vet within 10 days of travel. Essentially this certificate is a confirmation that the kitten is healthy. Some airlines will also require an acclimation statement from the vet, stating that the puppy can be exposed to temperatures in a given range for short periods of time. The airlines require that the animal NOT be sedated, as their balance and equilibrium is altered under sedation which can be dangerous when the kennel is moved. There is also concern that the increased altitude pressure can cause respiratory and cardiovascular problems with animals that have been sedated. Depending on the airline and the airport, kitten are either checked in, as well as picked up, from either the nanny or baggage claim office in the passenger terminal. kittens are checked in approximately two hours prior to the flight and are generally available to be picked up arrival within 30-45 minutes of arrival or delivered to receiver’s doorstep (if you requested or paid for a doorstep delivery).

The Flight

After being checked in, kittens are kept in the passenger’s cabin beside the nanny that is flying with the kittens. They are kept in areas that are temperature controlled until it is time for them to be loaded onto the plane. Many airlines transport pets to and from the plane in heated/air conditioned vans. The airlines that do not have this option will not ship pets if the temperature is below 25 degrees or above 85 degrees. Once on the plane, pets travel in the passenger cabin that is also pressurized and temperature controlled.
Some people worry that being shipped is too traumatic of an experience for the kittens. At, we do all we can to make this transition as low stress as possible. Carriers are lined with a thick layer of absorbent bedding for comfort, as well as to absorb any accidents that may happen while in the carrier. It is very rare for a Kittens to relieve themselves while in the carrier, though it does happen on occasion. We also crumple up a mass of paper towels and put a thick layer of them in the carrier. This gives kittens the ability to burrow into them for a little extra warmth, as well as gives them a ‘hiding place’ to feel a little more safe and secluded during their trip.

After Your Kitten Arrives The Closest Airport In Your Location,

Upon arrival most Kitten seem relieved to see people- something familiar. It is a good idea to take some baby wet wipes and a towel with you to pick your kitten up (if you ordered or paid for airport pick up), especially if you have a long ride home. If your kitten is one of the few that relieved themselves in the carrier, you and your new kitten will appreciate a quick wet wipe bath and having a towel to switch out for the soiled bedding in the carrier. If it is a quick trip home, I would suggest leaving the kitten in its carrier until you get home. If it will be a longer drive you may want to let the kitten out in the car, before you get on the road to stretch its legs. Play it by ear though. Some kittens will be a bit shook up by all the change taking place and may be more comfortable left in the carrier.
Once you get home with your kittens, we recommend starting in a very small room. The master bathroom is ideal because there usually isn’t much for them to hide behind or under. This will force them to come out of their shell and explore quicker than they would if they were in an area that they could hide under a bed or behind a dresser. We send a teaser toy, two cans of wet food and a small bag of dry food attached to the carrier. Locate the toy and coax your kittens out of the carrier with the toy. Playtime is the fastest way to quell your kitten’s fears of a new environment and win their heart. Starting them in a small area will make them feel safer and more at ease. Too large of an area will cause sensory overload and make the acclimation process take longer.

Airline Requirements for Shipping your kittens:

If you ordered or paid for your kitten to be delivered to you right at your home, you just seat back at home, relax and make all the necessary arrangements to welcome your new family member. All the procedure that I explained above will be done by the nanny provided by the pet couriers who I use to ship the kitten. So they will go through all the process to make sure upon arrival at your doorstep, the kitten should be ready to jump out of the crate and start running around the house immediately.