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Old 06-25-2007, 11:15 PM
Location: Midwest
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If possible fly kitty in the passenger compartment. Call the airlines and get something in writing.
As someone said, the carrier--preferably a hard one--has to fit under a seat like any carry on luggage. He may need some litter in there, too. Our cats are great travelers, the first cats I've met who have a pooch-like travel outlook. But one gets very nervous and has to get to the bathroom within a few minutes of the loading process. This is cross country or a trip to the vet, she just has to go. Plan accordingly, better safe than sorry.
Please don't abandon your kitty. They make wonderful pets, particularly when loved and attended to properly.
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Old 06-26-2007, 01:49 PM
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Originally Posted by Sam I Am View Post
You don't sedate animals that are flying in the baggage compartment - it can weird them out due to changes in air pressure...Rescue Remedy is an herbal and won't hurt them...but yes, call in advance and reserve space for your kitty as a carry on. I think they only allow so many pets in cabin at a time....and try to get a back row seat so that you're out of the way of people who might be allergic.

Good luck!
I didn't know you could sedate for cabin travel. Thanks! I may try that in the future. I had the experience of my two cats freaking out after take off. I just put the carrier on my lap and carefully stuck my hand in to pet them one at a time until they calmed down. It happened twice during a long flight. The airline allows two animals per flight. The other flight I had with two cats was so easy in comparison though.
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Old 06-26-2007, 02:29 PM
Location: san francisco bay area
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Default flying with a cat

In 2005, my cat flew with my spouse and me from San Francisco to Toronto, Canada. The cat flew in the cabin in an escape proof container that had to fit under the seat. We paid extra (60.00 each way) for the cat to fly in the cabin and had to make arrangements well in advance as there are only so many pets allowed in the cabin at one time. Before the trip, we took our cat to the vet, who gave the cat a clean bill of health, weighed the cat and prescribed a sedative that we administered a few hours before our departure time. We also sprayed Feliway, a no-presription product available at most pet stores that is used to calm cats when they might be experience stress from moving, flying, or other changes. We even had to change planes and bring the cat through customs when we landed in Toronto. Things we very smoothly. We had no problems. It isn't that bad.

In 1991, I drove across country from Philadelphia to San Francisco alone except for my cat. It took 6 days and each night, the cat and I checked into a motel. I was able to accomplish that alone without any problems.
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