|Purred: Thu Oct 13, '05 9:52am PST |
|Why can't you buy a plane ticket for kitty?
As far as I know the best way to do that sort of long distance transfer if you can't drive it is to send the cat as cargo on an airplane. I did some research about this a little over a year ago when moving from NC to CA but ended up driving all 7 animals anyway.
From what I remember you can fly your cat as cargo. You drop them off at the airport in their properly prepared crate (extra food taped to the top, water bowl, live animal sticker, address tags for where the kitty is going etc). It costs like $75 or $100 or something similar. The best thing is to get the kitty on a direct flight. Then the person you are sending the cat to will pick kitty up at their airport.
If you do this route, there are some airlines that are bettter than others. Basically, things to look for are a pressurized and temperature controlled cargo area. You also want to have flights that are at night time in the summer (so it's not too hot while the plane is sitting on the tarmac) or during the day in winter (so it's not too cold). Many airlines will have rules about this, so check them out before buying the ticket. Oh, and it's not like people plane fares where waiting until close to the the time makes it more expensive so you don't have to worry about buying a ticket far in advance.
If the cat is a rescue going to a new home, you also could try organizing a caravan through various rescue orginizations (eg each person drives the cat about 60 miles and then passes them off). If the kitty is scared in a crate, though, it might just be nicer to get it all over with in one or two hours than have a longer roadtrip.
Lots of breeders send animals using the plane cargo method for dogs, cats and reptiles. I don't know for sure how safe it is, but if there's no other option than it seems like it might be the best way to go.
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