Flying with a cat

Old Sep 23rd, 2020, 07:05 PM
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I don't know, Underhill. I just think I'd rather entrust my pet to an experienced professional with a solid rep. The stress of flying with a pet for more than an hour or two is just beyond my pay grade.
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Old Sep 26th, 2020, 01:41 PM
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Have you considered using an animal transport service? I'm sure it's not cheap, but it may be worth it.
E.g.
Animal Transportation - O'Brien Animal Transportation & Services
no, I havenít considered it and wonít consider entrusting her to strangers. She would surely be much more terrified. Iím primarily worried about TSA, and Iíve gotten lots of good suggestions



Nor would i consider putting her in the hold even if airlines allowed it. Itís barbaric.

on SW people who donít want to or canít because of allergies be in proximity to a cat can choose a far away seat. I sympathize with those with allergies, but sitting further away and/ or taking a claritin can help. I will however ask the vet about the allergy wipes. If they are ok for the cat, iíd use them.

she is very used to her carrier and sits in it in the house, so the carrier itself wonít freak her out. I like the idea of partially covering the carrier, and I will be sure to be careful about the door in the small room.
she has her reservation and i know her carrier meets specifications, so good there.

I appreciate all advice.

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Old Sep 26th, 2020, 03:37 PM
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While I used to feel the same way, suze, I have since met somebody who has been transporting animals for a living for over 30 years. I'd trust her with my pets in a millisecond.

LucieV - So how does this person transport animals? What kind of qualifications or arrangements can they make different than any other individual Not for jubilada... just curious.

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Old Sep 26th, 2020, 04:28 PM
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See my answer to Underhill, suze. I don't know. It's just that I happen to trust this person. I've never had to transport a pet in a plane, and I don't think I'd be very good at it.
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Old Sep 27th, 2020, 05:05 AM
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It isn't "barbaric". Just makes the owner feel better to know the cat is under the seat. The "hold" has the same pressure and temperature as the main cabin. Plus it's dark and quiet. My ex-tenant's XL smart and feisty orange cat (see profile photo) actually did better in the hold (she travelled with two cats to France and back several times). The dumb little fluffy always one got the under-seat space.
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Old Sep 27th, 2020, 12:05 PM
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When you have a large pet like a big dog, you have to put them in the hold. The worst thing was I watched the agent put the incorrect luggage tag on the crate, it was to a different city than we were flying to! My DH walked with baggage handler to watch them put our dog on the correct plane. We were moving so had to do this. Otherwise we put her in a kennel when we traveled.
Flying east in June, two cats were in the seats in front of us, in crates on the floor, and meowed the whole flight. It didnít bother me though and actually was kind kind of funny.
It sounds like you have a good plan for your cat. I know it is stressful.
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Old Sep 29th, 2020, 07:23 AM
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I have heard horror stories about animals in the hold, from people who i know and trust, so perhaps i have the wrong impression in general. At any rate, iím not doing that.

we picked up meds today and will try them soon.
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Old Sep 30th, 2020, 08:09 AM
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Wishing you and the cats a happy experience.
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Old Oct 2nd, 2020, 12:19 AM
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My daughter flew her 2 cats from the UK to NY in the hold, they were fine. I don't believe it to be barbaric, animals are kept in a separate part of the hold which is heated and pressurised, it's not the same area as baggage. At Pet Reception we saw lots of other pets flying all over the world, some were frequent travellers and quite used to the experience, for others it could be traumatic, but so is travelling in the cabin. But I'm sure it's a different story for US domestic flights. where people want to keep everything close to them in the cabin, whether it's pets or luggage.
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Old Oct 3rd, 2020, 08:23 AM
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Our cats find that being handled by strangers is VERY traumatic. I suggest reading newspaper accounts of accidental releases, too.
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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 01:33 PM
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We have 3 cats now and down the road may be spending more time in Denver, a 2.5 hour flight from SFO, our home base.

I'm guessing we would need to buy 3 tickets to have the available underseat space. Southwest and United are the main carriers and we would have no problem moving to the last row on Southwest if it meant people with allergies would be spared.

I've only flown with one cat many years ago, underseat, El Paso to SFO. Siamese, bad idea. Meowed most of the time, despite sleepy meds, but the plane was loud and drowned most of it out.
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Old Feb 24th, 2021, 04:43 PM
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"I'm guessing we would need to buy 3 tickets to have the available underseat space. Southwest and United are the main carriers and we would have no problem moving to the last row on Southwest if it meant people with allergies would be spared. "

• WN (Southwest) allows up to 6 pets per flight . . . but they are first come, first serve basis and one cannot prebook them. So you'd have to show up at the airport really early to make sure you are the first one or two to have pets. I would absolutely pay for Early Bird check in so you could have your choice of seats.

• UA allows two pets in a premium cabin and up to four in coach, pre-booked. (I'm not sure if their regional partners like United Express, Skywest, Republic etc so you might need to book on mainline UA)

In either case you would need to either book three seats - or find a friend or acquaintance flying on the same flight
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Old Feb 25th, 2021, 07:58 AM
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Thanks, Janis!
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