|Purred: Mon Nov 4, '13 10:15am PST |
|Well, I don't have any direct experience in flying my own cats, but I used to work in the airlines so maybe I can offer some help.
I'm sure you have already checked out the regulations and know that you'll need a vaccination record and a certificate of health from your vet. Since you'll be talking to or visiting your vet anyway, ask about a mild sedative for the trip. A lot of vets actually don't advise using tranquilizers for traveling, but you and your vet know your kitty and his needs better than anyone.
As far as relieving himself or throwing up, most kitties are too scared during the trip, though you might want to line his carrier with a few layers of disposable puppy training pads just in case. I do agree that taking his food and water away a few hours before the leaving would be a good idea. If he has a tendency to get motion sickness, you can also talk to the vet about an anti-nausea medicine.
You can look into some OTC products as well. Feliway (or Comfort Zone with Feliway) is a product that mimics a cat's facial "happy" pheromones and can relieve stress. It comes in spray and wipe form that can be applied to the inside of the carrier. We've also used Bach's Rescue Remedy for stressful situations, it can also be applied to the inside of the carrier. There are actually quite a few calming products available, maybe some of the other members here can advise you on the other ones.
As long as your carrier is FAA approved, I don't see any need for a different carrier. I'd think that one that's familiar to him would be more comfortable, anyway?
One question: are you taking a direct flight or do you have to make any connections? If you're connecting, you might want to plan in advance in case you get stranded anywhere overnight. Pack some supplies in your carry-on: a little food, a couple of disposable bowls for food and water, a baggy of litter and something lightweight that can serve as a temporary litter box (they do make disposable cardboard litter boxes or rigid liners that would work, but I suppose any small, shallow box would probably work well enough in a pinch).
That's all I can think of for now...if I think of anything more, I'll add it!
Good luck to you and Yuki!
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