In fact, most airlines will not fly a sedated pet, as over-sedation can be a cause of animal death during air transport.
Check out more information about the the dangers of sedating pets during air travel and the best alternatives: Also, some of our clients have explored various natural products that can have calming effects (think herbal remedies) -- this is worth asking your vet about or checking your local pet store.
Again, we cannot stress enough the importance of crate training for all traveling pets since this is proven to be far less risky on your pet's health and more widely accepted by airlines. Reply Hi Flor, we recommend being honest and clear with security when you pass through to let them know your situation.
Thanks again, Thomas, and good luck with everything! I'm not very worried about the crate itself, but my cats get very anxious with lots of people, going through security with them will be a challenge. You may also try natural remedies to help calm your cats (your vet may have suggestions), but again, sedation is not allowed. Reply Hi Maria, sorry to hear your cat is having difficulties with the crate.
Always consult an experienced veterinarian regarding the health and treatment of your cat. As presented in the Mc Curnin's Clinical Textbook For Veterinary Technicians, common consequences of sedatives in cats include vomiting, hypotension, increased appetite, anxiety, hallucinations, disorientation, diarrhea and restlessness.
Sometimes sedation is considered a side effect of a drug, as with buspirone that also indicates increases friendliness in cats.
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You can also place a T-shirt or blanket in the travel crate that smells like you or that reminds him of home.
Above all, the best thing you can do to ease your cat's anxiety is to make sure that he is properly crate-trained.
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We really cannot stress enough that crate training is the absolute best way to prepare anxious pets for travel.