|Purred: Sun Aug 14, '11 10:38pm PST |
|Here is a word of hope for those who ever need to travel across continents with their feline.
My cat and I flew to France and back this summer. The trip there was something like 20 hours; the trip back was about 30 (and I think she handled it better than I did, I'm still ill from stress).
My cat is perfectly healthy. She was drinking a lot more than usual when we got home so I was a bit worried her kidneys were stressed, but two days after we arrived home she had her blood tested and everything was normal. Her eating is fine, her leavings are fine. She doesn't seem phased at all.
I know all animals are different, and that they say travelling is especially hard on cats, but this is definitely something to be hopeful for if anyone needs to do the same as I did.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask/reply here. There are many, many things you need to prepare for depending on how you are doing to transfer the pet.
I didn't have to do much because my cat is such a friggin angel (got lucky there...).
France doesn't require quarantine but some countries do, so check that first. You also need a certified health certificate. Mine was only checked once but if I didn't have it.....
What I did:
- soft-side carrier by SturdiPet (~$99)
- old wash cloths lining the carrier (with spares underneath the bottom padding)
- natural sedative (by Bach), about 4 drops per 4 hours; no proof it does anything but my aunt gave it to me (please do not use tranquilizers unless you absolutely need to)
- a small case of treats (this was the only food she got while travelling, dunked in water because otherwise she would not drink. this is also how I administered the sedative).
- harness/leash. this is important. you will need to carry the pet through security. if you do not have at least a harness, the pet could run away (this almost happened to me because of some idiots in Paris...)
- caress your pet occasionally. my cat was fine, but occasionally she cried and all she wanted was to see me and for me to pet her (second best to getting out of carrier).
- take her out on a leash while in the terminal. technically this is forbidden, but you could argue for their health if they have been on a plane for hours. blood clots, etc. this is also the best time to feed and water them. find a secluded area of the terminal (mother/baby bathroom, if needed.)
- if your cat is a constant whiner, you might want to consider putting them in the pet cargo area. my cat can't be heard over the plane noise, so that wasn't an issue (11 hours in flight can get a bit stressful when someone/something keeps crying).
Edited by author Sun Aug 14, '11 10:40pm PST
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