If you’re flying through Charlotte-Douglas Airport (CLT) today, be sure take take a, erm, paws in your travels and visit the atrium, where the airport’s hosting a cuddlefest of with 10 cats to soothe preflight jitters, educate folks about pet adoption and celebrate International Cat Day.
And, no, we’re not kitten around about this.
The Kitten Cuddle, which lasts till 11:00am, is the just the latest in a trend that’s seeing airports use feline friends as airport comfort animals, following in the pawsteps of Denver Airport (DEN) and Calgary (YYC). Charlotte, like several other airports, already has a canine comfort squad, but the 31-pup team is taking a back seat for today.
Best to get your fur fix in before you board, though. There’s been a backlash against the loosening definition of comfort animals for flights (think peacocks and hamsters), and those who need emotional-support animals with them to fly must navigate a series of obstacles to ensure their fur babies make the trip with them.