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Old 05-05-2013, 05:40 AM
 
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What about taking them on the plane w/ you - not sure of the rules as they vary from airline to airline but you s/b able to take both right on the plane w/ you - that way you don't have to worry about the temps bc they'll be right there w/ you, at your feet, you just have to purchase a soft carrier(s) and make reservations in advance bc they only allow about 2 or 3 pets in the plane (in a bag but w/ the passengers) and I think you'd have to about $75 per pet. Definitely worth looking into, a lot of ppl take their small pets in soft carriers right on the plane w/ them but arrangements have to be made in advance
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Old 05-05-2013, 07:23 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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Nevermind. This issue is that it's essentially if not entirely impossible to have pets travel in the passenger cabin from Australia.

So sad to hear that you are stuck doing this for transportation logistical reasons. That is really unfortunate.

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Old 05-05-2013, 07:28 AM
 
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There was a thread about people moving with cats from Australia just recently. Maybe you could DM the OP to ask what they did. If it turns out it's truly the best for your kitties to stay, I'm so sorry, and I hope this family works out! If you can find a way to bring them, so much the better.

https://www.city-data.com/forum/cats/...sport-2-a.html
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Old 05-05-2013, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh area
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There was a thread about people moving with cats from Australia just recently. Maybe you could DM the OP to ask what they did. If it turns out it's truly the best for your kitties to stay, I'm so sorry, and I hope this family works out! If you can find a way to bring them, so much the better.

https://www.city-data.com/forum/cats/...sport-2-a.html
I knew I was having deja vu with another thread, just hadn't gotten around to searching. Indeed I wondered if it might have been the same OP, but looks like not.

I don't know why, but basically the airlines, even ones that typically allow in-cabin pets, won't allow them going away from Australia. My suspicion is they only do it to be simpler because they absolutely positively could not allow it going INTO Australia (and some other countries) because of the quarantine restrictions. I think they have oversimplified in order to CYA because if they made a mistake they'd be in big trouble. And this is the result.
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Old 05-05-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Near Nashville TN
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WOW!! HOW SAD! I couldn't leave my precious "fur kid" family like that. I would be an emotional wreck! Maybe there's something wrong with me,but I love my "fur family" just as much as people family and could never leave them behind like that.
It seems the OP doesn't have much choice. I don't understand the AU airlines refusing to carry pets on board. I see people carry them under the seats in USA airlines and larger ones go in the heated/air-conditioned hold. I never flew to AU so have no idea on their reasoning if the cats are healthy and have all their vaccinations.

I know if you want to take a cat to the UK they have to stay in quarantine for six months. It's absurd. It surely costs many cats their lives when people are transferred there and are forced to leave their cats behind.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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I'm very sorry you're being forced to leave your cats behind. It's such a shame the process isn't easier (especially on the cats), given that people do move about these days. I do hope there's a good home out there for them.
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Old 05-05-2013, 02:41 PM
 
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[quote=eunicemendez;29427973]WOW!! HOW SAD! I couldn't leave my precious "fur kid" family like that. I would be an emotional wreck! Maybe there's something wrong with me,but I love my "fur family" just as much as people family and could never leave them behind like that.[/QUOTE

There's absolutely nothing wrong with you! I feel the same way about mine. As a matter of fact,there was a time when we had one with terminal cancer that I had to put before everyone else. I even missed my daughter's wedding(her second and out of town) because of it. I know that sounds awful and it was a terrible choice to make,but our "furbaby" needed me worse than my daughter and she and her husband understood. They called me after the wedding before leaving for their honeymoon. They are like my children and I could NEVER give up a child. I would do whatever I had to do to keep them. If there was absolutely no way I could take them,then I would stay where I was and be with them.
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Old 05-05-2013, 03:46 PM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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If there was absolutely no way I could take them,then I would stay where I was and be with them.
I don't think any of us can say "absolutely no way" until we're placed into a specific situation. In other words, never say never.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:43 AM
 
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I feel for you, I really do. I want to do business in Dubai and may have to take some extended trips, but moving there is out of the question. I simply could not bear to be parted from Edward. There's just no way.

I at one time for business purposes, had to move far away and was not able to take a cat that I loved, Charley. I yearned, and missed, Charley so much I tried to reverse the whole process of moving, but he had already found a new home and was not available to be returned. I sensed that he missed me, too, and suffered. It was more than imagination, but more like a psychic connection. It was very odd, especially given that I am a total skeptic when it comes to things like that. But it was real, the connection.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:24 AM
 
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I am sad tonight. I am moving back to the USA and after researching have decided that it is better that my cats stay in Australia. I of course want to find a good loving family to take them and it's hard to give them up. .....
I went through the same thing when I moved from the U.S. to Europe. I was not sure where I was going to end up, and I could not see subjecting the animal to one long plane trip, quarantine and then maybe several moves after that. (As it turned out it would have been several.)

I had had him for almost a decade. I got him because I was disabled and lived in a teensie-weensie apartment with very little time spent outside it. I got him as a kitten and his universe was limited to me and that miniscule apartment. He always seemed quite happy, but he was not especially pleased with visitors, preferring to wait their presence out sitting in a cupboard.

A friend of mine located a youngish couple with a child of responsible age who wanted a cat. They came for two interviews, and Mr. Charm he was not. They seemed like very good, patient people and the child was a serious, quiet girl in the late primary grades. I was surprised that they took him.

I got regular reports from my friend, and it was a wonderful match. After a week of aloofness and night prowling, he suddenly made his move. He came into the living room while the father was using the computer, leaped up onto his shoulder, slide down his chest and stretched out across the shocked fellow's keyboard. My cat had hated it when I used the computer, and this was exactly what he used to do to me!

He lived with them another half dozen years or more, and then he died. They were heartbroken as they had become his adoring slaves.

It's entirely possible that you will be as fortunate. And cats often respond to the challange of training new humans once they get the lay of the land. Good luck to all three of you.
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