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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:35 PM
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How long can a cat go without going to the bathroom?
Have you ever flown a long distance with your cat? How did it work out?
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MoseyWalker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 07:39 PM
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1. Depends on the cat
mine pisses on every door he sees. He sees, I guess, doors as being the obstacle to him having complete freedom in this world.

I've had a cat in the car traveling with me for two days, though, and he never peed or pooped. I gave him the opportunity, on a leash, but he wasn't interested.

depends on the cat.
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unpossibles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 12:39 PM
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17. I don't think my cat would let me put Depends on him
:D
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:52 PM
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2. Yep, depends on the cat.



I've flown with mine on many occasions for five hours, add another three for travel time to/from the airport, and they were fine. The vet advised no food for 12 hours before the flight, so that probably helped. One recommendation... don't put them on the plane as luggage, bring them as a carry on and put them under the seat in front of you. You will both be MUCH happier with that arrangement.


Good luck.


:hi:



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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 01:28 AM
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9. 12 HOURS ??????????
I CANNOT IMAGINE MY CATS WITHOUT FOOD FOR A COUPLE HOURS, LET ALONE 12!!! THEY GET HYSTERICAL VERY QUICKLY IF FOOD IS NOT READILY AVAILABLE AND WILL HARASS ME EVEN IF THERE IS NO WAY THEY CAN BE HUNGRY.
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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-19-06 09:57 PM
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3. We flew to Paris from NY
Both came through fine. Charles Atlas has flown more miles from East to West coast than most humans.

They sense what they have to do and adapt.
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 12:13 AM
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4. Do you restrict food and water for some period before?
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 01:10 AM
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7. No, that's not a good idea; they can get dehydrated and that
Edited on Thu Jul-20-06 01:10 AM by barb162
screws up the electrolytes, which can cause fast heart and breathing problems. Especially if it's hot outside or in the plane. Just put a tiny litter tray in the carrier, I think, or ask the airlines what is usually done regarding that.
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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 11:43 AM
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14. You must leave them water trays
The airport cargo crew takes care of things from there.

As I said, the beasties sense something's up - they adapt well before it's time to leave.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 01:11 AM
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8.  Not my cats!
Heck they have had accidents just going to the vet
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Fredda Weinberg Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 11:44 AM
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15. That may not be an accident
It's just as likely a message to you
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 12:38 PM
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16. Tell me!
This past Saturday I took one of my cats to the vet about his shoulders. Well he has arthritis that showed up on the x-rays. He travels VERY badly and was open mouth panting in the car. I almost turned around to take him back to the vet as that is so dangerous. I got some pills for him to calm him down in the car. Another one open mouth pants in the car too. Anyway as soon as he got home he stopped the panting and laid down on the floor after checking the house out a bit. And thankfully, he drank some cold water and started resting.
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KT2000 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 12:59 AM
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5. My cat went for over 24 hours
she absolutely refuses to use the litter box. I don't know if it causes damage or what - it can't be too good for them.
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barb162 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 01:02 AM
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6. They can go a day I bet as they are desert animals and don;t
drink that much. However if they need to go and haven't before the plane ride, bad news. And I have never taken a cat on a plane ride
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marzipanni Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 01:34 AM
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10. These pet carrier pads seem to be a good idea
http://www.dryfur.com/testimonials.htm
Years ago my cousin and her husband brought my cat to me on the plane from Boston to S.F. in a cat carrier, under the seat. My cousin's husband stuck his finger in one of the ventilation slots to reassure my cat, and my normally nice cat gave him a wicked jab with a claw.
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gristy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 02:04 AM
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11. Very interesting. This just might be the ticket. Certainly can't hurt.
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Dangerously Amused Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 10:11 AM
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13. The pads do sound like a good idea.



I just lined the carrier with some old towels, and brought towels to spare in case they soiled the ones already in there, and a plastic bag to put the dirty towels in. I never had to change the towels on the plane, but if I did I probably would have taken the carrier to the bathroom and done it in there. I never had to change the towels much either, maybe once or twice and that was usually in the car en route to the airport.

For the record I didn't withhold water from them, just food. In fact I would offer them water before, during and after the flight, but they never drank it anyway until we got home again and they were getting settled in.


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riona Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-20-06 09:21 AM
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12. My female cat
doesn't use the litter box much so I don't worry about her. The male I had was another story. Where he went, the litter went. Used a small container for the plane. Those pads sound like a good idea.
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