Aby-a-Day – 13 January: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Part 1 (Swedish Saturday)

You know that I flew to Sweden with the two Abyssinians, Jacoby and Angel. But I’m willing to bet you are very curious as to HOW we came here. I flew IcelandAir, which, because Iceland is an island and because of rabies concerns, requires all animal passengers fly in a specially climate controlled pet cargo hold. I know many people have misgivings about airline cargo holds, with good reason. But I have had only good experiences with cargo travel (my two Siamese, Harri and Patrick, from San Francisco to Atlanta, and then Tessie from Portland, Oregon, to Boston). It’s actually easier than travelling with a cat in-cabin, especially when you are travelling with more than one!

I started acclimatising them to the crate very early, by leaving it out for them to nap in. Tessie didn’t really need to practice, but she did anyway.


I also locked Jake and Angel in the crate for longer and longer periods to get them ready for an eight hour trip.


Although I think Angel wanted to get out.


Then, days before the big trip, we had a practical practice, I used the crate to take Jake and Angel to the vet for their pre-travel visit.


It was a perfect opportunity to practice shlepping the crate somewhere.


Ironically, my vet, South Boston Animal Hospital, changed location from a 10 minute bus ride away to…ACTUALLY IN THE BUILDING I LIVED IN on 1 June. I left for Sweden on 17 June. Sigh.



They were their usual selves at the vet, and of course, they got a clean bill of health.


Finally, the day arrived! We went to Logan Airport to start our new life.


We all went into a back room at IcelandAir and the cats were checked out, to make sure that they were who I said they were, and to make sure that nothing was being smuggled in the carrier.


The flight went without incident, apart from the souvenir shop being closed, dammit. But I was lucky enough to see Jake and Angel’s crate being loaded onto the next plane at Reykjavik.


And then, at long last, we were all reunited at Arlanda airport in Stockholm. What happened next? Tune in tomorrow, same cat time, same cat channel!

5 thoughts on “Aby-a-Day – 13 January: Planes, Trains and Automobiles Part 1 (Swedish Saturday)

  1. Hi, I’m so happy to have found your blog. My 2 cats are about to make the same journey in August. We are flying from Boston to Stockholm with Icelandair and I’m currently trying to figure out what crate size to get. Would you mind sharing what brand and size Jake and Angel was flying in? Thank you for sharing so many photos from their trip. It makes me feel so much better already. Sincerely, Linda

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    1. OMG you are? That’s amazing! Welcome to Sweden and have fun with my blog! The crate I used was the Petmate Ultra Vari Kennel: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000MLG484/

      I also recommend getting this cart to go with it: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002TITK8O/ – it helped a LOT. I don’t remember what they did with it while I flew, but these crates don’t come with wheels, and believe me, you’ll want it to!

      I think Icelandair is the best airline to ship pets overseas. Not that I have a lot of experience in that area, but I shipped two cats from SF to Atlanta on Delta and that was not as nice. Well made choice! Are you living in Stockholm or just landing there and living elsewhere?


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