Shipping a kitten by itself to a new location always sounds cruel and heartless--but actually I think it is harder for us than the for the pet! :) If you stop and think about it, the airlines are not going to mistreat the kitten for fear of lawsuit and customer dissatisfaction and with my many years of shipping experience, I know for a fact that all of the animals are well taken care of. I tape kitten 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 kitten and the kittens are offered food along the ride. I have a big fluffy bed of shredded papers in the crate for the kitten to nestle in and two kitten treats to munch on, along the way, and a momma's scent blanket to help the kitten feel secure. So they pretty much have it made along the ride! :) The kitten will arrive the same day as it is sent usually a few hours. 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 kitten is and am able to give you the information as well.
What about shipping in the winter --isn't it too cold?
Shipping during this time of year is completely safe and is not a problem. Just like a person getting on a flight to go meet their relatives for the holidays, shipping a kitten is very similar and probably even a little easier. All kittens 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. 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 good) 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. If you decide on a kitten, I will guarantee -as I have for 16 yrs that he/she will arrive safe and sound. Kittens can be shipped safely between 20 and 85 degrees--AA rules.