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flying with a cat please please help

(17 Posts)
dublingirl48653 Sun 24-Jul-16 21:51:18

it is a one hour flight with my cat to Ireland
so dreading it - but I have no other choice

any tips please??

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 24-Jul-16 21:59:44

An hours not so bad for her. A few days of zylkene to keep her chilled beforehand might help.

I think it's you we need to worry about grin

dublingirl48653 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:03:39

thank you

dont think we will sedate
just want to make sure she will be ok

MissTeriName Sun 24-Jul-16 22:07:30

She will be fine. Mine have been on much longer flights. A cat's reaction to stress is usually to fall fast asleep! Put something with your scent on in the box - jumper, t shirt etc, and if she has a fave blanket or toy, out that in there too.
Just make sure when you get to your destination that all doors and windows are closed before letting her out of the crate!

cozietoesie Sun 24-Jul-16 22:07:32

Done it several times without a problem. smile Is the cat travelling in a special compartment in the hold while you travel in the main body of the plane?

cozietoesie Sun 24-Jul-16 22:08:11

Oh - and no sedation.

Fluffycloudland77 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:12:01

I don't think you can sedate, a vet wouldn't prescribe for flying.

Zylkene just takes the sharp edges off. Like a double gin and tonic after a hard day.

dublingirl48653 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:14:58

thank you guys
that is very useful

cozietoesie Sun 24-Jul-16 22:19:33

Your biggest issue is likely to be being treated as an adjunct to the cat! smile

Airline staff seem to regard cat passengers as much more important than human passengers so be sure that you have any required documentation that they need and that her crate is 'airline-approved'. (ie to the individual airline's requirements.) They are highly likely to check that everything is tickety-boo with her. You, on the other hand, could be an incipient coronary patient and still be waved through but Hey Ho.

dublingirl48653 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:25:39

haha cozietoesie!!!
my goodness

cozietoesie Sun 24-Jul-16 22:27:50

It's the glares from the other passengers when you're waved through the barriers like royalty! grin

Lonecatwithkitten Sun 24-Jul-16 22:43:13

Assuming you have rabies vaccination and passport all sorted.
Have you got all the details of the airlines requirements, do you need a fit to fly certificate how many hours prior to flight can it be completed? Do you gave box that meets the international standard and the individual airlines standard?
Is the cat travelling cargo or in the cabin? If cargo do you how long prior to flight it needs to be checked in? If cargo have three copies of paperwork one sent ahead to destination, one travels with cat and one travels with you.
Consider starting Zylkene 7 days prior to travel, pretreat carrier with Feliway Classic 15 minutes before cat gets in to box.

dublingirl48653 Sun 24-Jul-16 22:47:34

thanks so much
great tips will do extra research tomorrow

cozietoesie Sun 24-Jul-16 22:51:46

And Lone's advice is from an experienced vet who used to be involved in animal cargo handling and quarantine if I recall. smile

Lonecatwithkitten Mon 25-Jul-16 01:17:06

Yes Cozie 10 years as a quarantine vet.

MrsNathanDrake Thu 28-Jul-16 20:30:23

Mine would insist on travelling first class and fed freshly peeled prawns and champagne! grin

dublingirl48653 Thu 28-Jul-16 21:34:02

Hahaaaa mine may demand the same

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