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Old 05-19-2018, 06:42 PM
 
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Whenever your cat visits the vet closest to your moving date, get her claws trimmed. Not removed, trimmed blunt, so scratching is not so much of an issue. Done correctly, this is entirely pain-free for the cat and the claws will grow back to their ordinary sharpness. My cat is polydactyl and has to have her claws trimmed regularly to avoid the extra one growing into the adjacent toe. Your cat will probably complain loudly - and trimming her nails may be a two-person job - but it will make your life much easier during the move.

Also, brush her thoroughly beforehand if you fly to get rid of as much excess fur and cat dander as possible.

I second using a harness, carrying small treats, and asking the vet about sedation. Even catnip can be somewhat of a sedative - in some cats; others go wild.

If there's a chance you might drive cross-country with her rather than fly, get her accustomed to riding in the car now. Bribe her if need be, with little treats.

Although it is unlikely that your cat will enjoy the journey, no matter which method of transportation you select, that's no reason to rehome a beloved family member. She'll get over it - and so will you.

Good luck with your move, and with your kitty.

 
Old 05-19-2018, 07:12 PM
 
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I brought 4 cats and 3 dogs back with me from Puerto Rico via cargo. They were all fine, though one of the cats DID freak out and was hiding under the crate pad in the case. Give her kitty sleepy-time meds as suggested by your doctor and put her in cargo.

I didn't medicate any of mine and they were all fine anyway, but if yours freaks in the carrier pre-medicating is probably the way to go.
 
Old 05-19-2018, 08:01 PM
 
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Whenever your cat visits the vet closest to your moving date, get her claws trimmed. Not removed, trimmed blunt, so scratching is not so much of an issue. Done correctly, this is entirely pain-free for the cat and the claws will grow back to their ordinary sharpness. My cat is polydactyl and has to have her claws trimmed regularly to avoid the extra one growing into the adjacent toe. Your cat will probably complain loudly - and trimming her nails may be a two-person job - but it will make your life much easier during the move.

Also, brush her thoroughly beforehand if you fly to get rid of as much excess fur and cat dander as possible.

I second using a harness, carrying small treats, and asking the vet about sedation. Even catnip can be somewhat of a sedative - in some cats; others go wild.

If there's a chance you might drive cross-country with her rather than fly, get her accustomed to riding in the car now. Bribe her if need be, with little treats.

Although it is unlikely that your cat will enjoy the journey, no matter which method of transportation you select, that's no reason to rehome a beloved family member. She'll get over it - and so will you.

Good luck with your move, and with your kitty.
to everything you said.
 
Old 05-19-2018, 11:39 PM
 
Location: Bay Area
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if you google pets in cargo you will see how many of them GET LOST or DIE.
 
Old 05-20-2018, 12:20 AM
 
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I flew with my cat once, and it worked out fine. They sell cages that are airline-approved to fit under the seat in the cabin, try Petco or PetSmart, etc. Do upgrade to first-class, there's more room under the seat. Do NOT give ANY meds with approval from the vet! Also, try to book a direct flight.


Happy Travels!
 
Old 05-20-2018, 02:45 AM
 
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I actually think the car ride cross-country is less traumatic than flying. And I would also not trust an airline with my family member (pet). Rather safe than sorry.
 
Old 05-20-2018, 05:45 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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I would have a fit if someone got on a plane next to me with a cat. Cat allergies are much more prevalent than dog allergies.

Sounds like you need to do the drive and not worry about the flying.
^^^ This.

Please be aware that many people are so allergic to cat dander that they can go into Anaphylactic shock.

https://www.healthline.com/health/anaphylactic-shock

When we were first married, I warned my wife that I am extremely allergic to cats and that she should never allow a cat into our home. One day, she ignored that and she invited a kitty into our apartment and fed her a bowl of milk. She shooed out the kitty before I returned from work.

I came home, walked inside, and immediately had an allergic reaction. I got hives, I got a runny nose, and I had trouble breathing.

I said, "Who let a cat in?" My wife got the message. I wasn't kidding.

If I was confined on a plane next to a cat, I'd be in a huge medical emergency. I hope they carry epi pens.
 
Old 05-20-2018, 06:50 AM
 
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Have her transported via a commercial service. It may be considerably less stressful on everybody involved.
 
Old 05-20-2018, 06:54 AM
 
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Please strongly consider driving with your cat:

1. You won't have problems with passengers, TSA, or anyone else.
2. There are many pet-friendly hotels.
3. You vet can give you meds to calm your cat.
4. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. As pointed out, you and the cat will get over it!

My cat wasn't happy in her hard shell carrier, but I explained what was happening and why, and then I belted her in and we went down the road. On the first day, she meowed her head off until she was hoarse. On the second day, she meowed for about five minutes, and that was it. On the third day, there there maybe a dozen meows.

Good luck!
 
Old 05-20-2018, 06:56 AM
 
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When I had to move across country, I sent everything to our new destination by moving company expect for some personal valuables, and the cat, and dog. I rented a van one way, and drove for three days. I had to find pet friendly hotels, but that wasn't difficult. It really wasn't bad at all, and the pets didn't seem to mind as they were with Daddy.
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