taking cats on a plane
I am looking to take my cats from San Francisco to the East Coast (Boston)and given the new climate, I am wondering if it is going to be possible to take them with me, or whether I shall have to drive cross country...
Any insight is greatly appreciated.
Cats on a Plane, the sequal to Snakes on a Plane?
Usually, there is a limit of 1 or 2 domestic pets per flight, so check with the airline. It's about $25 per leg (as in $50 if you have a connection...it gets expensive)
As long as you have them in a cage, and it's domestic travel, should be fine. You can call the airline and, depending on the airline, can reserve a pet ticket, as in you're guaranteed to be within the number of pets onboard but you still have to pay the $25, or just show up and hope for the best
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"Fate loves the fearless." - James Russell Lowell
Just my $0.02
I do know that dogs on ferries are definiely not cool.
Our overnight ferry over to Ibiza had about 4 dogs on it who were all chained up during the night to the railing on the deck right outside our cabin. It was horrible. They barked AALLLL night long -- sometimes in unison, then back and forth, then sometimes one would go solo while the others rested. And as far as we could tell the owners did not make any attempts to quite them down or if they did they had no luck. I like animals and am usually very patient but that night I had very bad thoughts regarding those dogs (and the owner). Actually the owners are really the ones I was mad at -- very inconsiderate. Go sleep out on the deck with your dog if that's what it takes.
Of course, this was on SAS and the flight was really calm. Then again, this woman has logged many MANY miles of travel with her cat and found the worst problemw as clearing airport security. Apparently the pet carrier has to go through x-ray but the cat walks through with her. Depending on the level of noise, the cat sometimes got a bit agitated at being out of the carrier and who could really blame him.
What can I say? I had 8 hours on the flight with the woman so I had to ask....
"Fate loves the fearless." - James Russell Lowell
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When I took him from Faro to Lisbon to Johannesburg to George a month later, regulations required that he fly in the pressurized cargo hold. At the vet's suggestion, I gave him a bit of antihistamine before the flight (no tranquilizers! Cats can get airsick and die in their sleep on them). This second trip, though a lot longer, seemed easier on him (and me). I think he could just relax and sleep most of the way down there.
Either way, your kitty is going to be a bit annoyed at you for a while, but I'd recommend the cargo hold.
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quote:Originally posted by Haci Richard:
regulations required that he fly in the pressurized cargo hold. At the vet's suggestion, I gave him a bit of antihistamine before the flight (no tranquilizers! Cats can get airsick and die in their sleep on them).
The antihistamine makes your cat sleepy, it sedates him- that's why you give it to them. This should be the same reaction that the CORRECT dosage of any sort of sedative would give. I am for giving sedatives (either antihistamine like Benadryl or other oral sedative) to dogs and cats while travelling. It makes for a much easier trip for the animal, this especially applies to the majority of cats, and dogs with anxiety issues. The most important thing is that you talk to your vet and get a trial dose of sedative, used at home to see how the drug will affect your pet. You want Fluffy to be sleepy and happy, not actually passed out (this is when an animal can aspirate its vomit as Haci stated above). You also will most likely need a health certificate from your vet for your cat to be allowed on the airplane. I always bring a copy of my pet's vaccination records and rabies certificate just in case.
If your pet is travelling in the cargo hold make sure that the kennel is SECURELY fastened. The majority of pet deaths occurring on airplanes were from kennels which somehow got opened midflight and the loose animals got injured.
Last note: everybody likes a responsible pet owner. Bring your records, pay attention to your pet and those around you. Know the rules of the airline, hotels, whatever and abide by them, if you don't it just makes the rest of us look bad and then we can't take our pets fun places.
From a loving dog owner:
If my dog's kennel arrives in the baggage claim area before I do, DO NOT stick your fingers in her kennel to pet her. There is a reason her kennel is plastered with signs asking you not to touch her. She doesn't like flying. By the time we land her happy drugs have worn off. She hates having strangers poke her. She has very large teeth.
I know she's cute but get it through your head that you shouldn't poke my dog!
Thank you, that is all.
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