SHOULD YOU PUT TWO PETS IN ONE KENNEL WHILE RELOCATING
Your pet is a part of your family and you take them wherever you go. But, what if you have more than one pet to relocate? Can you put two of them in a single travel kennel? This is one of the many questions about pet relocation that confuses pet parents. No matter how much you feel your pets would love to travel together, there are certain rules that you must follow. If you are opting for pet shipping services, which by the way are the safest and most comfortable option for relocation, they will tell you about IATA’s shipping regulations. Understanding these protocols will help you make the right decision.
What Do the Rules Say?
According to the IATA Live Animal Regulations, two adult animals can travel in a same travel kennel only if their individual weight is no more than 14 kg. (30 lbs.). So, that means traveling together is a ‘no-no’ for most of the dog breeds. But, what about the cats? Well, they sure can enjoy each other’s company in a travel kennel if they are used to being around each other. According to IATA regulations, you may put three cats or similar smaller animals in a single travel kennel to relocate only if they are no more than six months old and belong to the same litter. Keep it in mind that pet travel regulations can changedepending uponunique situations, and in such cases, the airlines have the final say. If the airline feels that putting two or three pets together can cause ventilation problems or hurt the pets in some other manner, then they can reject your request.In such a case, you would have to get separate travel kennels for the pets. Here are a few things that you must know:
What to Look for in a Cargo Travel Kennel?
There are more than a few requirements set by authorities to keep your pets safe and comfortable. Here are a few of the set standards:
- The travel kennel must be large enough for your pets to easily lie down, stand, and even turn comfortably.
- The floor has to be leak proof and there must be handlebars on the side of the travel kennel for easy carrying.
- The travel kennel should be made of metal, fiberglass, rigid plastic, solid wood or plywood.
- The travel kennel must be strong enough to keep the pets in. The roof can have open space for ventilation, as long as it doesn’t compromise the structural integrity of the travel kennel.
- Water bowls that can be refilled from the outside of the travel kennel, must be present inside the front door.
So What to Decide?
Well, there are rules and there are exceptions. Even if you get permission to put two of your pets together, it is really up to you to decide whether it is a safe option or not. If you really want to put them together, you should look into travel kennel training. This type of training can really help your pets calm down and stay safe during the flight. Dogs are easy to train with treats and praise, other species might take a bit of time. But, with love and patience, your pets will definitely come around and be good little fellas during relocation.
With pet shipping services, relocation would be easy and you probably do not have to take care of any of this stuff. But, if you want to take part in your pet’s relocation in an effectivemanner, and want to know how things work, then all this information would really be helpful.