Kitten Transportation - What You Need to Know About Shipping and Pickup

Olga Shatokhina, a cat breeder, holds oriental shorthair
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I’m a cat breeder. I’m not a shipping agent.
I am not obligated to organize delivery for you. I can help you with this because I have such experience, but I do not profit from this additional work, and I am not responsible for the service provided by a third party.

If you want the kitten to be delivered by cargo, both the payment for the kitten and the delivery must be made 3-5 days before the kitten leaves my home.

Up to the age of 6 months, two kittens can be shipped in one carrier. The cost for such a shipment is not doubled.

When you personally pick up the kitten, payment can be made on the spot at the time of picking up the kitten.

There are several options available for shipping kittens to their new homes.

Airline Pet Cargo Shipping

Kittens will be transported in a plastic carrier with a metal grated door. The kennel provides adequate ventilation on three sides and is appropriately sized for the kitten's comfort. During the journey, kittens travel in a pressurized, heated, and ventilated cargo hold located below the passenger compartments. Tie-down straps secure the flight kennel to the cargo compartment's deck.
Please be aware that airlines have temperature restrictions for shipping live animals. I cannot know all temperatures in every state, so please assess on your own whether the temperature in your state will be suitable when the kitten is ready to move to a new home. The airlines do not transport warm-blooded animals when ground temperatures exceed 85 degrees Fahrenheit or fall below 20 degrees Fahrenheit. This applies to the origin, connection, and destination cities.

Sometimes, at the time of reserving a kitten, airlines have a pet-friendly flight to the airport that suits you best. However, a few months later, when the kitten is ready to go to its new home, airlines make changes, and I may not be aware of all such changes. No one notifies or coordinates with me.

Meantime people, for some reason, think that I initially gave them a promise that delivery is available and then fail to fulfill my commitments. I'll emphasize once again: Delivery is not my professional activity and is not my obligation.

The cost for this option is approximately $500. The airlines do not provide transportation carriers, and it incurs expenses on me. Additionally, I purchase bowls that attach to the carrier door, and their presence is required by the airline. Furthermore, I provide a pet bed/blanket for this carrier.

On the day of departure, I have to wake up at 3-4 am as the journey to the airport takes an hour, and I need to bring the kitten three hours prior to the flight. As I mentioned before, I cannot choose the departure time, and most airlines schedule the flight for 7-8 am.
As you might have guessed, I don't like to ship kittens that way. If you know in advance that you will need cargo shipping, you should let me know as soon as possible. Then, I can sign the necessary documents with the veterinarian during the wellness check after the kitten's neutering/spaying and rabies vaccination. I don't arrange these special documents requested by airlines for each kitten because it costs extra money. If you decide that you need cargo shipping last minute when it's time to pick up the ready-to-move kitten, you should understand that it will take some time to schedule a new appointment with the veterinarian to arrange the required documents demanded by the airline. Keep in mind that these documents are only valid for 10 days from the day they are signed by the veterinarian.

If you want the kitten to be delivered by cargo, both the payment for the kitten and the delivery must be made 3-5 days before the kitten leaves my home.

Pet Nanny Service

You have the option to find a pet nanny online, or I can provide you with the contact information of a pet nanny who has shipped our kittens to various states multiple times. Our businesses are separate entities, and you can directly contact her to inquire about a quote.

In the case of delivery with a nanny, the payment for the kitten must be settled before I hand it over to the nanny. Financial matters regarding the kitten's delivery with the nanny do not concern me, and you will handle this matter with a pet nanny directly.

Personal Pickup of Cat

Alternatively, you can choose to fly to Cleveland or Columbus on your own, and I will meet you at the airport to hand over the kitten. When booking a ticket for yourself, you must inform the airline that you will be flying with a cat on the return journey. I will bring the kitten in a carrier that is approved for in-cabin flight if you don’t want to bring your own.

Another option is for you to visit our home to pick up the kitten in person. In this case, I would appreciate it if you could bring your own pet carrier.

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