|Purred: Thu Mar 30, '06 9:40am PST |
My mom made me do this just a few weeks ago!!! She was all freaked out and stuff for no reason at all. I'm a talker in the car, so she REALLY thought I'd embarras her on a plane. I think I was pretty scared, cuz I purr'd all the way from Savannah to Washington, DC (to see my human grandpa). The vet gave mom two sedatives for me (just in case), but after reading all kindsa stuff, she decided not to give me one, and BOY am I glad she didn't...I get just too drunk on that stuff. Anyhoo, she DID give me some of this REALLY nasty tasting liquid stuff she called "Pet Calm" -- she had to use a plunger to get it in my mouth (Phoooooeeeey, pffftt, yek, yak YUCK!) but I spit some of it out on her, so I feel like we're even. Anyway, Mom says this stuff is all homeopathic stuff and is supposed to be good for me 'n stuff, so I guess it's ok. She got it at PetSmart but you can also order it from DrsSmith & Foster. I'll let mom tell you the rest.
Hey Kiara's mom!
I think "Stinky" pretty much covered some of this, but let me give you some other (often not told) information: I'm assuming your baby will be in the cabin with you (?).
1. Make sure you have made arrangements with the airline LONG before you travel!! It cost me $80 (each way) for Ashleigh to hang out under the seat in front of me.
2. Once you've made your arrangements, call every couple of days or so just to make sure they KNOW for SURE that you're traveling with a special passenger. I would act like it was the first call I made each time....I know, they probably thought I was a real pain, but I never talked to the same person
3. Make sure your carrier will fit in the seat in front of you on the plane. Each airline has a different size (ugh!), so check with them on their size. I bought a Serpa specifically for this trip (soft), so it could squish a little bit in case it didn't fit.
3. Make ABSOLUTELY POSITIVELY SURE you have a HEALTH CERTIFICATE (from your vet) NOT MORE THAN 10 DAYS OLD!!! (Check with your airline on timeline, but MOST airlines require it to be less than 10 daus p;d_ (btw, NOBODY ever asked for mine, but I felt better knowing I had it after some horror stories I'd heard about folks getting to the airport and NOT being able to take their baby because they didn't have one or it was "expired".)
4. Put a collar and a leash on your baby. You WILL have to take your baby out of the carrier to go through x-ray and if yours is anything like mine, she was a bit nervous to begin with (due to car ride), but this REALLY made her nervous!! (She practically FLEW back INTO her carrier at the end of the X-ray conveyor belt--this just doesn't happen! Picture spread eagle cat on door to carrier in most instances)
5. She didn't say much....she did speak when spoken to just to let me know she was ok, but was very wide-eyed most of the trip (2 1/2 hour flight)
Btw, I had read all over the place (including AVA) that it's not good to give animals sedatives flying, so did MUCH research on this, spoke with my vet and she reassured me that Ash would be ok, but just to make ME feel better gave me two sedatives (one for each way) AND some "pet calm". I used the Pet Calm on the way up, but nothing on the return flight. I also drove around (specifically up and down hills) everyday for about a week before we left and started using Pet Calm two days before. Stinky doesn't poop in her carrier...nor does she pee, but hopefully there will be just enough anxiety with your baby that she won't either...or maybe she'll get it out of her system in the car.
WOW, this is long...sorry, but if you're like me you've got a million questions...sooooo, if you have any more just ask! GOOD LUCK!
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