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1. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Anyone done it? Horror stories to share? Airlines that are very cooperative? Happy endings? Do share;)

2. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

I personally never have travelled with pets but some of my friends have. The worst stories you hear on the news are the airlines losing your dog or cat cause the cage lock got loose or they just get "misplaced" on another plane. Can you imagine??? One of my friends had to bring her cat from New York to Florida and the dr. gave her sedatives for the cat, the poor thing wouldnt really wake up for about two days!!

If I had to travel with pets and I was in the US, I think I would probably drive. Joz, you would probably need a caravan of trailers to carry all your animals around heh?

3. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I am scared just thinking about it. My son wants to take our oldest cat out to Arizona. He is flying there a few months before the rest of us. He has his own apartment. The problem is...the cat HATES travelling! (I can not stress that enough, nor can I go into the gory details of his last 30 min. car ride) I just don't know how we are going to do it..I think we may have to part with many of our critters prior to the move...:(

4. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

So Joz, you are moving to Arizona??? If I were you, I would not take the cat on a plane, the poor thing may go into cardiac arrest although you can ask the vet if he can give him a tranquilizer prior to the trip that may last at least for few hours.

If not, I would just put him in the car in a big kennel with all his toys, clothes with family scent or even other animals around. I do that with my cats when we have to drive to the vet cause they hate it too.

5. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y


I can send you a load of links concerning flying with animals. I was going to fly to Florida with our best friend's cats - we were "babysitting" - until his oldest passed. Now we're keeping his female coz she didn't like him anyway. In this house, what's one more...

Anyway, I will do all that in a reg e-mail so it doesn't take up too much space. I can recommend particular sedatives (if needed - better if not) and what most of the US airlines require. There is a way to do this safely and without the cat stroking out upon departure.

With flying down there, certain documents will be needed for your cat too. I can tell you what you need and who to contact at the AZ Dept. of Ag. - who is responsible for the transport of animals (inncluding companion, not just livestock)into the state. I worked for the local vets for awhile after moving from the city. We did a lot of shipping of both pets and others.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Forgot to ask...

What other "critters" do you have? What are the others that you are thinking of taking along, if any? (Besides the cat.)

7. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Gretchen, in another post, Joz posted ALL the animals she is cohabitating with at the moment (TP photo gallery):


8. Posted by Jbender85 (Budding Member 20 posts) 11y

I've travelled a ton with my cat (who's now 10) she'll probably accompany me out to the UK as well. She's flown EVERYWHERE since she was months old and a recent 3 day car trip. If your cat hates travelling I would definately go the sedative route. Pick one up from your vet. You'll need papers from your vet saying that your cat has had all of it's shots for the airline anyways. Generally there's like an $80 or so fee to bring them aboard and if they're small enough you can put them under your seat-which is the best option. Once your cat's drugged up it'll be fine, they'll be groggy for the whole day so just watch it when it wakes up to make sure that it gets enough fluids. Hope that helps some :)

9. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

We have been in contact with the Department of Natural Resources here concerning Rayme...she will be 'rehabilitated' sounds so harsh. But there is no way we can take her with us. Then there is all this nonsense about 'harboring wildlife without a permit blah blah'...(Things could get interesting here.) The Dogs will drive down with the family caravan/moving truck. (Ick I dread the entrie process) My cousin is taking the youngest cat (she adores her) so really the ONLY one that is going to be a toughie is the oldest cat. We have had many cats in the past 23 years, but this one is the best! He is soooo smart, sweet, afectionate...but as I said...he FREAKS out if put in a carrier OR car. body fluids (and the such) spewing everywhere...screeching! It is just awful. I thought I needed a tranquilizer after the last attempt. Please, please send me any and all info you have...I have to find SOME way to do this. (My father said he would take him, but the kids said NO WAY) Thanks so much for all your help!

10. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

I forgot about the rest...The last time one of our snakes got too big for us to safely keep him. We donated him to the 'New Zoo' in Green that may be an option with them this time. There is also a very nice children museum in Marquette that has all kids of living exhibits for the kids. I might just make a large contribution (critters and supplies) then drive away realllllly fast.