Make sure that your cat is fitted with a collar and tag with your address and telephone number.
A microchip implant is even more useful because it is a permanent form of identification.
Travelling can be a stressful experience for human beings and it is probably equally so for cats, although for different reasons.
While your cat is not going to be worried about arriving at its destination on time it will have been plucked from its familiar territory, put in to a container and subjected to an array of strange sights, sounds and smells.
The problem is that I'm worried about the flight itself. Many thanks again for the helpful answers posted here.
She's doesn't like being transported in containers, though we've taken steps to accustom her to her container by leaving treats there and occasionally keeping her in it. I'm particularly worried about psychological trauma as the poor thing will be kept in her container for no less than 5 hours (albeit the flight is direct, the transport company have asked us to bring her several hours prior to it). From my experience (I shipped a cat from Brisbane, Australia to Houston, Texas - which was a LOT more than a 5 hour journey), I can offer some suggestions. Most of the places that handle shipping will ensure water is available.
Many carriers are now available that have secure water bottles and food dishes- plan ahead if feeding and watering your pet is going to be necessary. Sedation for anxious pets can be given safely if needed- consult your veterinarian before the trip so you can try the sedation and see how your pet reacts before getting on the road.
Before embarking on a voyage there are a number of things to consider.Make sure your pet has a collar with a name tag on it on at all times in case they escape during a stop.A permanent ID like a microchip implanted by your veterinarian is also a great idea.The vet will assess your pet’s health and make sure their vaccinations, worming and flea and tick treatments are up-to-date.Ask the vet to provide a certificate for a clean bill of health as you may be required to show it when you check your pet in for their journey.