|Purred: Tue Mar 22, '11 7:46am PST |
|The only time mine have traveled is from home to the vet, and when I moved from my FEMA trailer to a house, but that was only about six miles.
However, Prozac (in a cream form) can do wonders for an anxious cat. It is rubbed into a cat's ear and helps them to relax. Had to use it on my cat Louie when he became very aggressive and once scratched me so hard I had to put a few layers of gauze and bandages on top of that. Getting older and moving to a regular house helped. But I cannot stress how much Prozac helped him to calm down.
Speak to your vet about getting some. It comes in a plastic syringe, and you push out about a half-inch onto your finger and rub it in the cat's ear. Might try it out a couple of times before the trip to see how long it takes to calm the cat. Be sure to put an article of your clothing with your scent on it in the carrier, and put the carrier out in your current home for at least a week before your move. Put treats in it and favorite toys, and the cat will get the associate this with the carrier. When you do go on the plane, bring an old towel to cover the carrier. Being in the dark seems to help cats calm down as well.
As far as "accidents" in the carrier, get some of the "Puppy Pee Pads" and put a couple on the bottom of the carrier - tape them down with masking tape. If the cat does have an accident, you can pull out the Pee Pad and throw it away. Best price on these is at Family Dollar or Dollar General.
Good luck, know you will hear from other CATSTERS with more experience in flying with cats.
The New Orleans Kitties
Edited by author Tue Mar 22, '11 7:48am PST
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