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Old 06-30-2007, 08:11 AM
 
Location: NC
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I did what you're not supposed to do, which is travel with them loose.
We had four of them in a jeep.
They all were scared at first, and cowered in their own corners.... once their corners were established they never left them. They slept, they groomed, they purred, they slept and they slept.
All cats are different, and I wouldn't suggest it unless you know your cats temperment, as you don't want cat nails suddenly in your forhead as your turning a corner. But, that's what we did, and had no issues.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I was debating whether to post this info here, but I thought more people would find it on the general forum, so I started a new thread.

http://www.city-data.com/forum/gener...formation.html

I will report back when I get some prices from companion air.
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Old 07-04-2007, 04:06 PM
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Location: Munich + FL, 32082
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Thanks for that information!
I would never let our cat travel in the pet/freight department of a plane, though. Of course, most of the time everything works smoothly. But I'd love to have him with me, in a soft carrier that doesn't break. I'd rather have him on my knees for 10+ hours than hand him over to other people.

Why? A familiy, from our county, was in Texas for several years and finally moved back to Germany. They had a stop over somewhere in the U.S., and at Munich airport the cat's kennel arrived -- empty, the door open. I think I would have gone nuts.

They tried everything to get information on their cat but nobody knew anything. Weeks later someone found the cat. Alive and relatively well. But it had travelled in the freight department of that plane for weeks, crossing the American continent x-times. Thank God, there was a good ending and they got their beloved cat back. But I wouldn't want to live through that myself, to be honest.
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:14 AM
 
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Default Driving with Two Cats

I know that this is an old thread- but my husband and I will be doing the same-CA(South Bay) to NC (Cary). I have actually done both before-driven and flown. I prefer the driving. It was too stressful getting myself and the cats through the scanner area in the airport and then of course everyone wanted to pet them-which totally freaked the cats out. Five days on the road is stressful for the cats, but the altitude can be really scary for them on the plane. I have never had to sedate them, though it was recomended. They both did great with the drive. My older cat had a bladder stone and a raging UTI-as I later found out (poor kitty!) and he still did great.
When I flew with one of them, they had a limit to how many animals could be on the flight- so I had to book my tickets way in advance. I had to have a special carrier and they pretty much wanted the carrier under the seat for the duration. My kitty got sick when we started to descend. At that point, I could have used the sedative
This time, we will be shipping one car, and driving with the two of them in one car.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:07 AM
 
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You definately want to put them each in their own crate, for their safety and yours. Give them sime toy to play with and maybe something cuddly to sleep on so they don't slide around the cold crate floor. Also contact your vet about something to make them more relaxed. When you take rest stops let them eat some, drink some and maybe even bring a small litter box you can just put on the ground for them to use. You don't want them to hold their urine or stools too long if they will not just go in the crate, which many won't. there are cat harnesses and make sure each has one, not a lease, a harness, so they will not get away. Good luck on your move!
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