|Purred: Thu Aug 10, '06 5:20pm PST |
|That's strange that they won't let you ride in the cabin. My mom worked in the airlines for years (in the States), and the only flights that she's seen where small pets couldn't ride in the cabin were international flights where a quarantine was required. So the rule is for all of Australia and not just the airline you're taking?
I guess maybe Australia's government might have put restrictions on non-humans in the cabin because of potential health issues? But then, a human's a lot more likely to get sick from human germs than from any other species! ;-)
Most of the airlines have very specific rules about carriers, food, water, vaccinations, etc., when you're traveling in the cargo compartment. There are strict rules on the baggage handlers, as well, about how pets must be handled, how long you can be exposed to heat or cold, how much space for ventilation there has to be around your carrier, when you can be fed/watered, etc.
Unfortunately, you are going to be exposed to a lot of extremes that can't be avoided. Depending on the type of plane you're flying in (how close the compartments are to the engines), it can get very hot or very cold while the plane is in operation. Obviously, whenever the cargo door is open the noise will be deafening and you'll be handled by strange humans. You will be under a lot of stress.
Mom's seen a lot of pets during transport that were totally freaking out and she wished that their humans had gotten them some sedative meds so they wouldn't hurt themselves. But then, of course, Hunter is right that it might not be a good option for a lot of kitties. It's something that you'll want to talk to the vet about and see what he/she thinks.
Edited by author Thu Aug 10, '06 5:41pm PST
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