Tips For Traveling With a Cat

107 Top Ten Reasons to Bring Your Cat With You on an Airplane

1. You are deaf.

2. You are moving across the country for the second time and the last time your cat’s screeching during the drive nearly caused you to be arrested for animal cruelty.

3. Your practically husband threatened to put the cat in the box of the truck if he had to endure another five-day road trip with His Yowliness.

4. You have a pet blog and think it would be a fun experience to write about.

5. You are insane.

6. Your cat already spends his days plotting your death and may as well have one more reason to hate you.

7. You are seeking revenge on your cat for chewing the cord of your $300 flat-iron.

8. Your cat is deaf and/or dead and/or actually a stuffed animal.

9. You want to discover if the pitch of your cat’s cries is louder than that of a newborn baby.

10. You have a loving relationship with your cat and he or she travels well, ie. you live in a magical fantasy land, ie. your veterinarian is kind enough to give you drugs.

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Top Ten Reasons Not to Bring Your Cat With You on an Airplane

1. You have healthy hearing abilities.

2. You are moving across the country for the first time and naïvely think your cat will do well on a road trip for five days even though he despises the car and even though you have never leash or kennel trained him before.

3. Your cat’s yowls are easily drowned out by the radio.

4. You decide to put your cat’s comfort first and turn down the job promotion.

5. You haven’t lost your mind.

6. You are pretty sure the pilot will make an emergency landing just to get away from your cat’s screeching.

7. You have a loving relationship with your cat and have spent many years training him so he travels well in the car, ie. you are a far better person than I am.

8. Your cat has healthy hearing abilities and/or is alive and/or is not a stuffed animal.

9. Your veterinarian only gives you a small cloth soaked in feline hormones, an item which is essentially useless when your cat is already stressed from being shoved into a bag, hauled out of said bag when going through security, and then shoved back in for six hours straight without being able to empty his bladder.

10. You are smart and decide to ship him cargo.

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17 Comments on Tips For Traveling With a Cat

  1. Sue
    November 2, 2013 at 5:30 pm (9 months ago)

    I am glad despite everything you and the cat got there.

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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:46 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks! Me too. :-)

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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:48 pm (9 months ago)

      Hahaha! I am afraid it would make for a very dull film. Mostly it involved the cat crying in misery and me pretending he was someone else’s cat. Luckily the flight did indeed end and with luck, he won’t need to go through that again. But I haven’t made him any promises…

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  2. GizmoGeodog
    November 2, 2013 at 10:40 pm (9 months ago)

    I cannot imagine flying with a cat these days…Airports are enough of a zoo without me bringing along a wile animal…you’re very brave
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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:49 pm (9 months ago)

      The most stressful part was having to take him out to go through security. Even the official commented on how unhappy he looked. I was just relieved they actually let us on the plane!

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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:50 pm (9 months ago)

      Oh, I have no doubt. One more reason for him to gleefully plot my death. This time I don’t really blame him.

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  3. Rachel @ My Two Pitties
    November 3, 2013 at 1:47 am (9 months ago)

    Gina is the first cat I’ve owned who doesn’t mind the car which is awesome because I’ve been able to bring her on several road trips. But I wonder what she’d think of a plane?

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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:51 pm (9 months ago)

      That is fantastic! I think I will definitely work on training my next cat to tolerate travel much better. It’s just easier on everyone, including the cat. As long as Gina is comfortable being in her carrier, she might handle flying just fine.

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      • Rachel @ My Two Pitties
        November 4, 2013 at 3:14 am (9 months ago)

        I think it’s luck of the draw. All my other cats and foster cats have been a nightmare in the car:(

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  4. Donna O.
    November 3, 2013 at 12:11 pm (9 months ago)

    I can imagine every second of it. Glad you are past that! (And congrats on the job promotion!)
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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:53 pm (9 months ago)

      Thanks! It was my PH’s promotion, actually. Which is why I hold him fully responsible for my current lack of sanity.

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      • Donna O.
        November 5, 2013 at 7:56 pm (9 months ago)

        Well – congrats to your PH !! (and I hope he figures out how to get you your sanity back). ;-)
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    • Kristine
      November 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm (9 months ago)

      Well, I don’t know if I was so much brave as stubborn. But we made it here alive and I guess that is something of which to be proud!

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  5. jet
    November 4, 2013 at 6:40 am (9 months ago)

    I suspect my cats would be OK with a road trip. They have acclimated to the car before when they have had to go to the vet frequently. My kitties are little darlings though and I very rarely have any issues with them. I forget that other cats are not so easy.
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