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Your cat is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for cat transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting cats, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of Bengal shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Bengal.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Bengal, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Bengal is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Transporting Your Bengal Cat: Feline Friends on the Move

Breed Characteristics

Bengal cats are known for their vibrant coats and dynamic personalities, traits that make them unique companions but also require special consideration during transport. Originating from a cross between domestic cats and the Asian leopard cat, Bengals inherit a love for exploration and activity. This inherent curiosity means they are often more receptive to new experiences, including travel, if approached correctly. Their intelligence also allows for easier adaptation to travel containers and environments, provided these spaces cater to their need for stimulation and comfort.

However, Bengals are also vocal cats with a high level of energy, which could lead to stress if their transportation does not allow for movement or engagement. Understanding and catering to these breed-specific characteristics is crucial for a smooth transportation experience.

Size and Care Requirements

Bengals are medium to large cats, with males typically weighing between 10 to 15 pounds, and females slightly smaller. Their size means they require adequate space to move around during transport, preventing discomfort or stress. Additionally, their coat, although short, is dense and requires regular grooming to maintain its health and luster. During transport, a climate-controlled environment is vital to prevent overheating and ensure their dense coat does not cause them discomfort.

Special considerations for their care during transport include access to water, as Bengals are known to have a fascination with water and may drink more than other breeds. Their active nature also requires that they be provided with engagement opportunities, even in a constrained space, to prevent boredom and stress.

Health and Safety Protocols

Ensuring your Bengal cat's health and safety during transportation begins with a comprehensive health check. A visit to the vet prior to travel is essential to confirm they are fit for the journey. This includes up-to-date vaccinations, parasite control, and a general health assessment to rule out any conditions that could be exacerbated by travel.

Additionally, the transportation environment must be secure and escape-proof, as Bengals are highly intelligent and may attempt to escape from less secure carriers. Safety measures like sturdy, well-ventilated carriers that allow for movement without escape are crucial for a Bengal's transport.

How to prepare your Bengal for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Medical Records and Vaccinations

Preparation for transporting Bengal cats must include gathering all necessary medical records and ensuring their vaccinations are current. Key vaccinations for rabies, feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) should be documented and carried with you during transport. These records not only safeguard your Bengal's health but are also often required for cross-state or international travel.

Additionally, it's prudent to have a health certificate from your vet, dated within 10 days of travel, certifying your Bengal is fit for the journey. This proactive approach ensures a smooth travel experience without health-related interruptions.

Identification and Security

Proper identification is paramount for the safe transportation of Bengal cats. Collars with ID tags containing your contact information are a basic but essential form of identification. However, collars can come off, so microchipping is recommended for a permanent identification solution. Ensure the microchip is registered and your contact information is up to date before travel.

When selecting a carrier, security is as vital as comfort. Choose a carrier that can be securely closed, but allows for proper ventilation and visibility for your Bengal. Security also means preparing for the unexpected; always have a plan for emergencies, including knowing the location of vet clinics along your route.

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Travel Comforts for Bengal Cat

To ensure a stress-free journey for your Bengal cat, their travel kit should include familiar comforts. Bedding that smells like home can provide a significant amount of comfort. Likewise, toys and scratchers can help keep them entertained and engaged during the trip. Consider also including a piece of your clothing to comfort them with your scent.

Hydration is critical, so include a spill-proof water bowl and familiar food to prevent any gastrointestinal upset. By maintaining as much of their daily routine as possible, including meal times and play sessions, you can help your Bengal adjust more comfortably to the travel experience.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

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Stress Reduction Strategies

Reducing stress for Bengals during transport can involve incorporating pheromone sprays into their bedding or carrier, which mimic the calming pheromones cats produce naturally. Music formulated for feline audiences or a quiet, calm voice can also soothe nervous travelers. It's also helpful to gradually acclimate your Bengal to their carrier and short trips to build positive associations with travel.

Whenever possible, maintain a calm and reassuring presence. Your Bengal cat can pick up on your emotions, so remaining calm and positive can significantly affect their stress levels.

Feeding and Litter Box Solutions

Maintain a regular feeding schedule to avoid digestive issues, offering smaller, more frequent meals before and during the trip can help. Always provide access to fresh water, and plan for secure, accessible litter box solutions during transport. Portable litter boxes are an excellent option for travel, allowing you to maintain hygiene without significant inconvenience.

Be mindful of your Bengal's intake and output; any significant changes could be a sign of stress or health issues that require attention.

Climate and Comfort

Bengals fare best in moderate climates and may require special consideration to ensure their comfort during travel. Keep the carrier well-ventilated and at a comfortable temperature, avoiding direct sunlight that could overheat the interior. Implementing climate control in your vehicle or choosing travel times when temperatures are milder can make a significant difference in their comfort levels.

Also, consider the placement of the carrier; a secure, level surface where the cat can see its surroundings without direct exposure to air vents is ideal.

After the Journey: Settling In Your Bengal Cat

Acclimating to New Spaces

Once you've reached your destination, allow your Bengal cat to acclimate to their new surroundings gradually. Start by confining them to one room where they can find their litter box, food, and water without feeling overwhelmed. As they grow more comfortable, gradually introduce them to more areas of the home.

Use familiar items from your travel kit, like bedding and toys, to help make the new space feel more like home. Patience and consistent routine are key to a successful adjustment period.

Post-Travel Health Check

Monitoring your Bengal cat's health after travel is crucial. Look for signs of distress or illness, such as changes in eating habits, lethargy, or symptoms of anxiety. If any concerning symptoms arise, promptly consult a veterinarian.

Even if your Bengal appears to be in good health, scheduling a post-travel check-up can ensure any hidden issues are addressed before they become more significant. A thorough health evaluation reaffirms your commitment to your Bengal's well-being.

Maintaining Well-being

After settling in, continue to monitor and maintain your Bengal cat's routine to support their overall well-being. Stick to regular feeding, grooming, and playtime schedules to provide a sense of stability. Introduce any changes gradually to avoid unnecessary stress.

Keeping your Bengal engaged, active, and mentally stimulated, whether through interactive toys or training, will help ensure they thrive in their new environment. Always prioritize your Bengal's comfort and safety, making their well-being paramount in any situation.

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