Aby-a-Day – August 3: Leaving on a jet plane (Hipstamatic Monday)

Nowadays, flying with a pet is fairly common. Many airlines don’t even require a veterinarian’s health certificate – you just pop your cat, small dog, ferret, etc, into a carrier and slip them under the seat in front of you.

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But what happens when you’re travelling a very long distance?

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And what happens if you’re travelling with more than one cat?

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And what if the airline you’re flying doesn’t allow pets in the cabin, but only in a special pet cargo area, where two cats can share a crate?

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Well, then, obviously, you need to get a sturdy, old-school, airline travel crate big enough for two cats to ride comfortably.

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Now, I know a lot of people get concerned when cats have to fly in the cargo hold. But I’ve actually done it before, when I moved from San Francisco to Atlanta with my two Siamese, Harri and Patrick, in 1998. And that was on Delta, in a regular cargo hold…not in a special pet crate cargo area.

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I think Jacoby and Angel will be just fine in this crate for the nine hour flight. Harri and Patrick’s flight was about six hours, and they lived to be 15 and 16 years old, respectively. Come to think of it, they were about the same ages as Jake and Angel are now.

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I ordered this metal luggage tag from Shutterfly specifically for their travel crate.

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I think it sets the mood quite nicely, don’t you?

5 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – August 3: Leaving on a jet plane (Hipstamatic Monday)

  1. Last time I traveled with pets was back in 1999, and they flew okay in cargo (can’t recall if it was ‘pet cargo’ or not, that might be an extra fee these days). My current 4 would not enjoy attempting to share accommodations (tried once with the brothers, and they hated it). Good luck with the move!

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    1. I think Angel will be okay with Jake. She hisses at him at home, but when they’re out someplace, she always sticks to him like glue. Also a little Benedryl will help them sleep through most of it (at least, it helps me!)

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      1. Benedryl is the ONLY medication that seems to make me sleepy. I have the children’s liquid Benedryl at home for the cats just in case – like the time one of them got stung or bit by an insect and half their face swelled up!

        I think Jake and Angel will do better together than alone on the trip.

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  2. My human would be SO nervous to travel with me or my roommates in cargo! But I do agree with you, I think that Angel and Jake traveling together in a crate is the very best thing for them. I know she will be able to lean on him (and although he would be loathe to admit it, maybe even a little bit vice versa!).

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