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Old 24.06.2011, 09:50
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

Can someone explain to me how you can keep an animal in the cabin with you? What happens if a cat goes all Pavarotti on you or a dog does too?

Jimmy howls in a funny un cat like voice if we even walk 10 minutes to the vets. He would be a nightmare and probably more embarrassing than a screaming kid on an airplane...!!!

I would probably be knocking back the cat tranquilizers with all the free booze available.
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Old 24.06.2011, 09:54
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

I didn't think pets were allowed in the cabin on international flights, full stop.
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Old 24.06.2011, 10:39
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

It was just out of couriosity, I have an image in my head of a great big Bouvier Bernois nicking the sandwiches...
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

Small pets are indeed generally allowed in the cabin on many airline, international flights included, as long as one complies with the weight and transport cage requirements. There is generally a limit to the number of pets in the cabin, and usually you need to book in advance. Each airline differs, however - some airlines (Emirates comes to mind) forbid pets in the cabin, though.)

As to your question, Patsy - if the pet in question can't be counted on to settle quietly and remain calm throughout the flight, perhaps traveling cargo is a better option. Your fellow passengers are not likely to be amused...

(Even if the Extreme Belltie were small enough to travel in the cabin, he'd still go cargo. I love the little s*d, but I am not blind to his faults. Nor would I wish to spark an air-rage incident. )
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Small pets are indeed generally allowed in the cabin on many airline
It would have to be a pretty small pet to fit into a cage that goes under the seat.
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

My cat is a "talker" and we flew from the US to Zurich and you could barely hear him over the ambient noise in the airplane when he was under the seat in his cat carrier. He wasn't tranquilized. My vet didn't want me to tranq him since he has some health issues. We both survived the trip and no one around us seemed disgruntled. When they checked me in they tried to seat me away from other passengers in case anyone had a cat allergy ... I always wondered about that
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

Don't know if rules changed (or wether transatlantic rules are different) but when my aunt flew to Paris (AirFrance about 5 years ago) with her cat she had to book a seat for the cat (paid children's fee) had to keep the animal inside the carriage at all times and asked to use some form of tranquilizer prescribed by a veterinary. The cage was not put under the seat, but on the extra seat paid for, attached with the special removable seatbelts for people carrying babies.

In any case, you should check with the air company if tranquilizer is mandatory or not (in which case you can ask help from your usual veterinary).

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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

I can only speak about dogs, but it is generally recommended that one does NOT use tranquilizers when flying a dog. All the veterinarians I have seen have cautioned against their use, concerned that a drugged dog is actually at greater risk in several situations.

Rather, we work on desensitizing and training so that the dog learns to view the travel crate as a place of safety.

One should always speak with one's veterinarian before considering tranquilizers (or any other drug, Rx or OTC) as to the risks or benefits for one's individual pet.
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

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My cat is a "talker" and we flew from the US to Zurich and you could barely hear him over the ambient noise in the airplane when he was under the seat in his cat carrier. He wasn't tranquilized. My vet didn't want me to tranq him since he has some health issues. We both survived the trip and no one around us seemed disgruntled. When they checked me in they tried to seat me away from other passengers in case anyone had a cat allergy ... I always wondered about that
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OK good to know, thanks!! When was this that you flew? My cats aren't usually talkers unless food is involved, so hopefully they'll be ok...
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Re: Recent travel experience - cats from USA to Zurich

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It would have to be a pretty small pet to fit into a cage that goes under the seat.
Not exactly, my cat is almost 15lbs and flew in cabin with me on Swiss air (see my original post).

And the cage does not have to fit under the seat, well at least not on Swiss Air. The airlines' websites will list the max dimensions and weight allowed for the cage to go in the cabin, and your pet carrier+pet has to full within these dimensions/weight to fly in cabin.
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