Shipping & Delivery
Is it really safe for the cats?
I receive many inquiries on the process of shipping a cat, individuals often wonder if it is safe and how it works. Won’t he/she be scared? How long does it take? Won’t it be difficult for the cat having to be all alone in a crate for so long? This is how I explain the shipping process to individuals to help them feel more at ease with the process of getting a cat:
Shipping a cat by itself to a new location always sounds cruel and embarrassing, but actually I think it is harder for us than the cat(s). With my many years of shipping experience, I know for a fact that all of the cat are well taken care of. So if you stop and think about it, the airlines are not going to mistreat the cat(s) for fear of lawsuit and customer dissatisfaction. I tape cat(s) food and feeding instructions to the top of the crate and put frozen water in the crate, so it will gradually thaw out for the cat(s) and the cat are offered food along the ride. The average flight is approximately 4 to 6 hours. I always ask about any delays or layovers and know the exact times and departures of the flights, so I know where the cat is and am able to give you the information as well. The cat will arrive the same day as it is sent–usually a few hours. I have a big fluffy bed of shredded newspapers in the crate for the cat(s) to nestle in and usually a pig’s ear chew (they love them), and a toy or sock with my scent on it–to help the cat feel secure
What about shipping in the winter –is it not too cold?
If you decide on a cat, I will guarantee -as I have for 7 yrs–that he/she will arrive safe and sound. Cats can be shipped safely between 20 and 85 degrees–AA rules. All puppies ride in the belly of the plane where the temperature is kept at a comfortable 70 degrees–same as for the passengers–and they are the last on and first off the plane. Shipping during this time of year is completely safe and there is no problem so we need not to be afraid about that. Just like a person getting on a flight to go meet their relatives and/or friends for the holidays, shipping a puppy is very similar-and probably even a little easier. The only thing different about this time of year is that the airlines can be strict on the minimum temperature at each location (which is really good for the puppy(s) even though the plane is always kept at 70 degrees. I believe it is mainly for their liability and protection. Likewise, in the summertime–they will not ship if temperatures are too hot along the way. If this is the case, we will just wait for the next best day to ship or ship earlier or later in the day to combat the hot/cold part of the day.
NOTE: Most shippers specialized in shipping pets will use a temperature regulation crate called an Electronic Crate. These type of crates are used anytime since they can regulate the temperature to the one best for the cat(s) travel
What is involved in the shipping process?
Since I am 30 minutes from my nearest airport and do not charge extra for delivery like most breeders, I try to make each trip count as much as possible by taking multiple cat at a time while striving to accommodate to your specified times. Therefore it helps me greatly if you can specify multiple times/days you (or any other person with ID) would be available to pick up the puppy. So if you are interested in having one of the cat after all amounts have been received, I am able to book the pup. I will need to know the day(s) and time(s) you are able to pick up the cat(s) your nearest airport, and your home address and phone number.
Usually, I can only book a flight a few hours or a day in advance so they are aware of the temperatures for shipping. After I have booked the cat, I will call and/or email you with the flight number times, and location where the cat(s) is to be picked up. All you need to do is pick up the pup at your airport–taking a couple forms of identification, like a driver’s license and the airway bill number that i give you. Then i ask individuals to contact me as soon as possible after they receive their cat as I’m very anxious to hear about the cat–if everything went ok –what you think–and any other questions you might have. It seems lengthy in explanation but it actually goes very fast!