Flying With Cats

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Flying With Cats

Anesthesia for Cats November 19, 2008 The word anesthesia comes from the Greek meaning “lack of sensation”. Anesthesia is accomplished by administering drugs that depress nerve function. With general anesthesia, the patient is made unconscious for a short period. During this unconscious state, there is muscular relaxation and a complete loss of pain sensation. Aspergillosis in Cats November 19, 2008 Aspergillosis is an infection, growth, or allergic response caused by the Aspergillus fungus. This fungus grows on dead leaves, stored grain, compost piles, or other decaying vegetation. The Aspergillus species includes more than 150 types of mold that occur widely in the indoor and outdoor environment. Breeding and Queening Cats November 19, 2008 Breeding cats and raising kittens can be an extremely rewarding experience or it may result in frustration and failure. The following information is provided in order to increase your chances of success and make the experience more enjoyable and safe.
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Flying With Cats

Air travel is not recommended for pets, unless it is absolutely necessary. In fact, air travel can be hazardous for animals with “pushed in” faces, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats as they may have breathing issues when flying due to their limited airways and stress. But if you are moving to a new country and need to take your cat with you, you may have no choice but to transport him on a plane. There are many horror stories associated with transporting cats on an airplane, but with the right preparation, your feline friend can arrive to his new home safe and sound.
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Flying With Cats

Give your cat a sedative if your vet prescribed one. Most cats can travel well without any medication. But some cats can experience tremendous stress during air travel. Talk to your vet if you are concerned about your cat’s anxiety levels when flying. Your vet might prescribe Buprenorphine, Gabapentin, or Alprazolam for your cat. Be sure to give your cat a dose at home before the flight as a “dry run” to make sure your cat does not react negatively to the medication.
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Flying With Cats

Consider all the alternatives to flying. If you plan to bring your pet on vacation, driving is usually a better option. If you can’t travel by car, your pet will probably be healthier and happier if you leave them behind under the care of a pet sitter or boarding kennel. But there are times when that won’t be possible and you’ll have to determine whether the benefits of flying outweigh the risks.
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Flying With Cats

Most of the time, cats travel quite well with no need for any medication. Some cats, on the other hand, experience tremendous stress when subjected to air travel. Consult your veterinarian to create the best travel plan for your cat if she doesn’t travel well. Strategies to de-stress feline flights include:
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Flying With Cats

For a few years, I was bi-coastal between Los Angeles and New York. Well, almost. I kept my place in LA and would find people in NYC who wanted to swap apartments for a few weeks or months at a time. It worked out great, except for one thing: I didn’t want to bring my cats for such short periods and I missed them terribly. Then I found a guy who was willing to swap for six months and let me bring my cats, Coffee and Donut, with me to his place.
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Flying With Cats

For many people traveling with cats, using the cabin rather than cargo for transport is the best option. Cats are small and tend to get nervous, requiring physical contact and attention. Fortunately, you can train your cat to travel in the cabin of the plane. Follow airline regulations to ensure your cat stays safe during the flight. Visit the veterinarian before your departure to get personalized advice about medications and tactics for soothing your cat. In addition, make sure your cat’s rabies shots are current and that your veterinarian gives you a certificate of health record for you to carry during your travels.
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Flying With Cats

My fantasy flight deflated when I was told the carrier was too big for the cabin and my cats had to fly in cargo, in a crate. “But it’s 20 below zero and I don’t have a crate and my flight’s leaving in twenty minutes”, I wailed. This was before cell phones, the Internet or the wisdom of experience. A surly attendant shoved an unassembled crate for me to assemble on the airport floor while my cats sang a mournful opera. The scene was straight out of comedy skit but the joke, it turned out, was on me.
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I’d fallen in love with cats with my first kitten, Tiger, at age three and felt an immediate ability to think like a cat and respect their nature. The nail-biting flight from hell lasted over an hour but felt like an eternity. Once we landed, I ran to the baggage carousel and waited for my precious cargo. You’d think they would have treated live animals better than luggage but they didn’t. Long after everyone had picked up their luggage I kept my tear-filled eyes glued on the baggage ramp. Finally the metal torture chamber slid down the ramp, with my shivering cats mute from shock. The only visible evidence of their ordeal was a puddle of urine on the cold metal floor. The airline never returned my beautiful wicker carrier.
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Be sure your pet is crate trained. For several weeks before the flight get your pet used to spending several hours in the crate with a comfortable pad and toys. Feed your pet inside the crate so your pet associates the crate with good things. Help your pet become accustomed to loud and unfamiliar noises. You may even wish to take your pet to the airport and spend some time outside there. This will help your pet become familiar with the sights and sounds. Make sure the crate door fastens securely, but do not use a lock on the door. You want to be sure the airline personnel can get to your pet rapidly if it becomes necessary. Print ‘Live Animal’ on the top and sides of the crate. Pack a first aid kit for your pet. It’s always a good idea to have one handy, just in case. When booking your flight, notify the airlines you will be traveling with your pet. Obtain the airlines policies and requirements for traveling with your pet. Two weeks before your flight, recheck with your airline again to be sure you can meet all the requirements. Book on direct, non-stop flights. In the summer avoid trips during the middle of the day. Travel on the same flight as your pet. If there is a prolonged delay, you will be able to walk and feed your pet, and if necessary take the pet to a hotel with you. Provide plenty of exercise prior to your departure. After boarding, ask your flight attendant to notify the pilot that you are flying with your pet. If your flight is delayed, ask the airline personnel to offload your pet but not allow the pet to remain unprotected from the weather on the tarmac.
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Help your pet become accustomed to loud and unfamiliar noises. You may even wish to take your pet to the airport and spend some time outside there. This will help your pet become familiar with the sights and sounds. Make sure the crate door fastens securely, but do not use a lock on the door. You want to be sure the airline personnel can get to your pet rapidly if it becomes necessary. Print ‘Live Animal’ on the top and sides of the crate. Pack a first aid kit for your pet. It’s always a good idea to have one handy, just in case. When booking your flight, notify the airlines you will be traveling with your pet. Obtain the airlines policies and requirements for traveling with your pet. Two weeks before your flight, recheck with your airline again to be sure you can meet all the requirements. Book on direct, non-stop flights. In the summer avoid trips during the middle of the day. Travel on the same flight as your pet. If there is a prolonged delay, you will be able to walk and feed your pet, and if necessary take the pet to a hotel with you. Provide plenty of exercise prior to your departure. After boarding, ask your flight attendant to notify the pilot that you are flying with your pet. If your flight is delayed, ask the airline personnel to offload your pet but not allow the pet to remain unprotected from the weather on the tarmac.
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Make sure the crate door fastens securely, but do not use a lock on the door. You want to be sure the airline personnel can get to your pet rapidly if it becomes necessary. Print ‘Live Animal’ on the top and sides of the crate. Pack a first aid kit for your pet. It’s always a good idea to have one handy, just in case. When booking your flight, notify the airlines you will be traveling with your pet. Obtain the airlines policies and requirements for traveling with your pet. Two weeks before your flight, recheck with your airline again to be sure you can meet all the requirements. Book on direct, non-stop flights. In the summer avoid trips during the middle of the day. Travel on the same flight as your pet. If there is a prolonged delay, you will be able to walk and feed your pet, and if necessary take the pet to a hotel with you. Provide plenty of exercise prior to your departure. After boarding, ask your flight attendant to notify the pilot that you are flying with your pet. If your flight is delayed, ask the airline personnel to offload your pet but not allow the pet to remain unprotected from the weather on the tarmac.

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