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When it comes to traveling without Yuki, I get really anxious about how he's doing, if he has enough food, etc., so I decided I would bring him with me on my trip home for Thanksgiving. Probably a little selfish on my part, but I really don't want to be without him.
We've gone on car rides together, sometimes in the carrier, sometimes not. I use the same carrier to take him to the vet, to a friend's house, or just for a drive. I read that you should have a separate carrier for traveling. Should I still get a different one even though the other one is multipurpose?
I'm mostly worried about how he will handle the airport and the airplane. He is quite the little talker and has no problem letting me know that he doesn't want to be in a carrier any longer. I don't want him to meow the whole trip and bother anyone or lose his voice. I'm also scared that he will void his bowels or vomit during the trip. I plan on having a blanket in the carrier to make it softer and getting a second one in case he makes a mess. I'll be working for most of the day of the flight and won't be able to take away his food and water until about 2 hours before the flight. Should I just put out less food and water than I normally do that morning? Do the altitude changes cause them any pain or distress? Is this going to traumatize him at all?
I'm just really worried about how it's going to affect him. I mean, he's like my child.
) Can you tell I'm a first-time pet owner?