Post # 1
Okay, I’m trying to limit the number of threads I start, but ya’ll are so helpful with everything!
Todays issue- my kitty. I live in Nashville, FH currently lives in Denver (great new job). We’ll be living in Denver after the wedding. I have a cat, and I don’t know how to get her to Denver. I’m not willing to check her as baggage on a plane, and I don’t know if I’ll be allowed to fly with her as carry-on. I’ve seen dogs before, but never cats. We’re planning on paying his buddy to drive a trailer out there with my stuff (lots cheaper than shipping it or using a moving company), but it seems like a lot to ask that he travel with her. It’s an 18 hour drive, so he’ll probably stop for the night, and stopping every so often to let her use the litter box and stuff is a major pain. I’m terrified he’ll let her out of the carrier in the car to potty, and she’ll sneak out somehow.
She’s my baby, so I can’t imagine getting rid of her, but I don’t know what to do. I’m so terrified of something happening to her while traveling. It’s got me pretty upset. Help please?
Post # 3
Hi Liz, check out this link, it lists which airlines allow you to bring them on a carry-on luggage. Now mind you it is for dogs, but if you have the regulation sized pet-carrier I don’t see why you couldn’t bring your kitty.
Post # 4
First of all….GO DENVER!!
Ok, about your kitty…first check out what airline you’re flying. Most airlines will allow a SMALL carrier (has to fit under the seat!) for you to bring your pet onboard. As long as kitty can stand and lay down (and cats are so flexible you’ll be fine) they’ll allow kitty onboard. They do charge a fee, and you have to call them and let them know because there’s usually a max of 7 animals allowed within the cabin.
If you would be willing, you can check her as luggage when you get to the gate. Don’t worry, they don’t throw suitcases on them or anything. Pets have their own compartment, it is heated and pressurized just like the passenger cabin.
If she’s going cross country, put her in a large dog kennel in the back seat with a litterbox. Then your friend doesn’t have to "let her out" of anything and she’s safe. BUT when she uses the litterbox, the car will smell REALLY BAD. It is a lot to ask of someone, but if they’re willing…
Tips for cage travelling: get a bowl that clips to the side of the kennel, fill it with water then put it in the freezer. The water will melt slowly in transportation, allowing your pet to drink over time. This way the water doesn’t all spill. I also would recommend that you don’t feed your pet within 8 hours of travel. No food, no poop.
Petsmart and Petco sell kits for kennels that include the required signs/stickers/bowls/etc.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Ditto to mighty sapphire. I’d check if your airline allows it, because that would be the quickest/best option. You can also get a sedative for your cat if she needs it, but be sure to do a test trial to see how she reacts to the meds.
When we took Millie from Miami to Baltimore we followed most of MightySapphire’s tips. The one thing I might suggest is to buy a bunch of washcloths you don’t mind losing or cut up an old raggity towel. This way it will soak up the urine and you can toss it out after. The litter was a pain to transport and we only used it when we stayed over at hotels. I would do a few test travels with her to see hwo she handles car travel. My friend’s cat has diarrhea, Max needs a sedative to get in the car to go to the vet (15 min ride), Millie could care less that she’s in a car -every cat is different.
Post # 6
I have seen cats in the cabin when flying.
MightySapphire pretty much covered it all. I would add that airlines will requirea certificate from your vet stating that your pet is healthy enough to fly and it has to be dated within 2-3 days of when you intend to travel. When I travelled with my dog, there was no option when booking on line to tell them your bringing a pet, so you have to call in and book through their call centers.
That’s a neat trick for the water. I’ll have to remember that.
Post # 7
- Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor
Aslo, if you can’t get her on your flight, is anyone coming to visit you from Nashville? They could always bring her with them if your airline won’t allow it.
Post # 8
My Future mother in law just moved from new england down south…the drive was about 15 hours. She has 3 cats. She has a pick up truck and bought a dog crate and put the litter pan in it, with blankets and stuff. She said the cats cried for a an hour or two, but eventually stopped and were fine. She was nervous about letting them out too, so she did not even consider that. I’m sure the trip wasn’t pleasant for the cats, but they survived and adjusted well to her new place 🙂
Post # 9
Thank you all so much! Those are all really helpful tips. I really really appreciate it!