Jump to content
Taking my cat interstate on plane.
12 replies to this topic
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:44 AM
Hi, just need some advice. It's just an hour's flight from Hobart to Melbourne and I'm clueless.
Someone has suggested giving him a tranquiliser for the trip?
Also, someone will be looking after him until we find a house as we are staying with my sister and she has 2 dogs and 2 cats.
What is the best way to settle him in?
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:54 AM
We did Brisbane--> Mackay. The vet gave DH some kitty valium for Mr C. He was SO groggy for about 3 hours after the 1 hour flight. He's also never been happy travelling in the car since - it was obviously a traumatic experience.
As to settling him in the new house, I'm recommending a quiet place in the laundry, with plenty of Feliway spray over the surfaces he is likely to rub against. That's always helped our cats. We've never used the diffuser, just the spray bottle on corners that he'll strop.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:56 AM
How old is he, and how does he respond to being in his crate?
I had two cats (only one still with me ) that I flew with several times. They flew together in the same enormous crate. No tranquilisers or anything - some flights were longer than you described.
I did have a pillow in the crate and they liked to burrow under the pillow so they felt safe.
At the time they were about 2 years old, just moggies, hated going to the vets or being left in boarding kennels.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:56 AM
I've flown numerous times with pets and I've never seen or heard of such a thing!! Totally unnecessary IMO. My cat is flying on Sunday in fact. We'll put him in the box, check him in and see him at the other end. I've never considered it much of an issue.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:57 AM
Oh no I hope he will be ok. I'm a bit stressed about it to be honest.
I'm not stressed about being one adult and 6 kids travelling but i'm stressed about the cat.
ETA, he is a year and a half old. He isn't flash about travelling in the car. I'm sure he will be fine.
Edited by idle, 11 January 2013 - 10:00 AM.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:09 AM
I flew my 2 from Brisbane to Canberra.
The Vet did not reccommend sedation and said it was actually dangerous as they couldn't steady themselves against any bumps which oculd injure them.
I brought a big blanket that they'd been sleeping on for weeks (so covered in their hair) out as soon as we got to the new place and then left them in a quiet room with the blanket, food, water and litter.
I found they took a couple of hours of quiet to settle in and be ready to come out, but they were largely fine the next day, and I let them explore the new place at their own pace, they were 100% settled in a few days.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:13 AM
Yep no sedation! My vet said he would never recommend sedation on a plane. Altitude + drugs is not a good mix.
My cat flew all the way from England, 24 hours on a plane! He was such a nervous cat as well, never travelled well.
He was totally fine. Arrived at quarantine and the lady said he wasn't bothered in the slightest. He is now more relaxed than he's ever been before.
I was such a nervous wreck beforehand, but he was fine.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:16 AM
I would only sedate if the cat is very traumatized by travel. If your cat travels ok generally, just do as the others suggested. I've had a cat who clearly had issues travelling, and required sedation, and the current furkid - when we moved from NSW to VIC we initially sedated him but quickly realised it stressed him out more. The next leg of the journey was done without sedatives and was way less stressful for everyone involved. I will never sedate him for travel again.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:46 AM
We had a cat that was given something (I can't remember what) to make him calmer but not sedated. It had a similar effect to pot, he calmed him and gave him the munchies The vet recommended it since he was a stressful traveller and hated his cage.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:35 PM
I think the valium should be prescribed for the pet owners.
Shouldn't be a problem on such a short trip. Chat with the vet, they may have some calming products that aren't sedatives.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:42 PM
You can buy Rescue Remedy for Pets which is recommended for travel if your pets are anxious and nervous. Its all natural, I think?
Posted 11 January 2013 - 08:56 PM
Rescue remedy works on people because of the placebo effect. It doesn't actually work on animals.
1 user(s) are reading this topic
0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users
At just 37 years of age, with two young sons, Vicki was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Now her family wants all women to know the symptoms.
Pregnancy and birth is an intriguing process no matter where you are in the world. One soon-to-be father gleans wisdom from a new guide.
It’s not surprising that IVF is often seen as a negative journey towards the ultimate positive, but having a glass-half-full approach can make a big difference to the experience.
A mum explains why she and her husband are choosing to gift their leftover embryos to help strangers achieve their dream of parenthood.
Just as every baby is unique, so is every pregnancy. And that means morning sickness can vary a lot, too.
Why is it that the word ‘mumsy’ has connotations of such a negative nature – but seems to be the only other option apart from ‘yummy’?
As the waiting game of late pregnancy continues, this mum considers a few things that might hurry things up a little.
It has been a little over a month since William Tyrell disappeared from his grandmother's home, 33 long sleepless nights for his family as they mourn the absence of their cheeky young boy.
Babies born in the summer are much more likely to suffer from mood swings when they grow up, while those born in the winter are less likely to become irritable adults, scientists claim.
Suddenly single with a baby and an 11-year-old son, Tara O?Connell developed an app to improve the lives of mothers who were similarly overwhelmed.
As soon as your baby enters the world, everything else takes a back seat - even the necessities of daily life such as eating are severely compromised, right when you need energy the most.
The Live Lighter campaign will take people inside the human body to show the internal dangers of being overweight.
A new mum's first month of motherhood didn't pan out as expected when she lost a family member weeks after her baby's birth.
Facebook and Apple are hoping to provide women with the freedom to build their careers without the added pressure of having children at or by a certain age.
The idea of making a 'pregnancy contract' with your partner may sound a bit silly at first, but it can help make the transition to parenthood a lot smoother.
Burping babies vs burpees – yes, new mums and personal trainers live in different worlds. But they can work together - once you find the right match for you and your lifestyle.
Police say that an incident in which a man pulled on a woman?s pram while walking a popular Sydney route late last month was a misunderstanding.
Three weeks ago, my auntie, a midwife, developed a fever. Sitting here in Sydney basked in Australian sunshine, that shouldn't be big news.
One mum shares her frightening experience and vows to never take her health for granted again.
Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.
Top 5 Articles
Capture life more easily with the Canon Powershot D30. Shockproof, waterproof and dustproof, you can take it almost anywhere and shoot beautiful images, time after time. Enter now!
I am five years into this parenting gig and I’ve learnt that sleepless nights and changing dirty nappies are child’s play.
It's nice to celebrate a child making the shift from nappies to 'big kid' undies, but do we really need a semi-realistic used toilet cake to do it? Here are some of the best and worst cakes parents have used at 'potty parties' around the world.
Plan ahead - and do it now - to ensure festive season expenses don't break the bank.
A sequel is coming soon to the 2011 hit book 'Go the F*** to Sleep' - and this time, it's about mealtimes.
Handmade crafts to decorate and personalise your child's next birthday - from banners to cake decorations, we've got gorgeous party finds from Etsy.
Creative and practical storage ideas for the kids' toys and books can also add some stylish decor to your home. Visit babyology.com.au for more stylish modern finds for hip kids & parents.
I have a chronic illness nobody likes to discuss, as it involves toilet talk. But it needs to be talked about.
Maybe the mum I saw in that waiting room, seemingly disconnected from her baby, doesn’t have the support she needs.
Starting a family doesn't always mean moving into a bigger house - not yet, anyway.
What's in a name?
Looking for a classic name, or an unusual name? Our Baby Name Finder is for you, search or browse to refine your shortlist.