Shipping Cat via Continental Airlines

Lindsey TranLindsey Tran San DiegoMember Posts: 4
edited 2 October, 2008 in Cats & Travel
Hi everyone, We desperately need your help. We are moving from San Diego to Houston Texas and I'm not sure what is the safest and best way to move my cat Cupcakes to Houston. I'm thinking of using Continental's PetSafe cargo shipping option. Do any of you have any suggestions? Thank you for all your help. Lindsey and Cupcakes

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  • Kara DickmanKara Dickman Middle of No WhereMember Posts: 2,283 ✭✭
    edited 19 May, 2008
    Personally, I think cats and flying should be avoided when possible. A big crate in a car is preferable. However, that's just me :?.
  • Beastie_and_the_BoysBeastie_and_the_Boys Marquette, MI / ChicagoMember Posts: 17,806 ✭✭✭
    edited 19 May, 2008
    If you're going to be driving yourself, then I agree that bringing him in the car is probably the best. If you do decide to use air transportation, Continental is the best choice because you should be able to get a direct flight. The time when things are most likely to go wrong when flying pets is when there are connections. A direct flight would minimize the risk.
  • Maggie BussaMaggie Bussa Member Posts: 191
    edited 20 May, 2008
    If you MUST fly, fly with your kitty as "carry on", not cargo. I don't know about Continental, but accidents happen!!!!! I drove from Kingman, AZ to Lewiston, ME for 5 days rather than put any of my 4 cats on a plane. (I did this last fall) It wasn't easy, but I think it was less stress overall then a plane. For the most part, they slept in the car during the day after the inital morning aggitation and meowing. There are MANY motels that accept pets with a refundable deposit and there are websites dedicated to help you find them...
  • Jan AllenJan Allen DallasMember Posts: 2,596
    edited 20 May, 2008
    Oh My - take as a carry on if possible. From San Diego to Houston - oh my - Mommy used to live in Houston - her hair was a curly mess - not that it's not a mess now - HEHE!!!!
  • Karin PruessnerKarin Pruessner DurbanMember Posts: 2,110
    edited 20 May, 2008
    What efurrybody else said. We have done cross-country by car in several days. We have done 15 hours in the car when we evacuated for a hurricane. We are not happy, but our purrson can keep an eye on us and make sure we are okay and we get a break in the hotel. Flying is SCARY and bad things can happen!!! I think Days Inn was one of the places we stayed at. Motel 6 or Motel Super 8 is the other one we know of.
  • T DerrT Derr HuttoMember Posts: 1,479
    edited 20 May, 2008
    If all possible, take the cat as a carry-on. If the airline won't do carry on and you must use the cargo option, please see the link below: http://www.catsinternational.org/articles/fun_and_useful_info/traveling_w_kitty_by_plane.html Otherwise, we suggest just driving the distance.. and always have a leash on your kitty. We've read stories about pets getting lost along the way. And there's nothing better than a road trip with your best kitty pal! *giggles*
  • T DerrT Derr HuttoMember Posts: 1,479
    edited 20 May, 2008
    *nods* Many hotels offer pet lodging with the humans for an additional fee of like $10/per day. I would recommend taking your pet with you where ever you go, on the off chance that the cleaning people leave the door open and the pet escapes. That was always Mom's fear about traveling with pets. Also, some bed and breakast locations are great about allowing animals to stay and it seems more like a "home" enviroment. The best solution is the least stressful option for the pets.
  • Lindsey TranLindsey Tran San DiegoMember Posts: 4
    edited 21 May, 2008
    Thank you so much everyone for your advice!!! I guess we'll both be driving by ourselves across the country. Thanks again!
  • Maggie BussaMaggie Bussa Member Posts: 191
    edited 21 May, 2008
    Good choice cupcakes! Good luck and enjoy the ride!!! I would also suggest that as you stop for lunch in various places, that if you can, use the drive through so the kitty is not locked in the car with the windows up. (I know fast food is terrible, or you may want to pack a daily picnic basket....) Also, give your kitty chances throughout the day to use the litter box. Keep one in the car. You will notice that kitty will not want to eat or drink much in the day in the car, but offer anyway. Ask your vet about kitty "sedatives" just to keep on hand. I never had to use any, but some kittys do not travel well and at least you will have it if the first day becomes too stressful. A little bit of meowing is not unusual, but if kitty doesn't settle in within an hour or two, then the next day may call for a little bit of sedation. Just some helpful hints from prior experience....
  • Jenna LuskJenna Lusk Pacific NWMember Posts: 2,034
    edited 21 May, 2008
    We drove from Atlanta to the Seattle area with two cats and it went surprisingly well. The most important thing is to keep him in his carrier at all times. When you let him out for a potty break (I carried a small litter box with me, which the cats never used in the car), be sure your car doors are closed. In the hotel room, be sure that you block any places he could hide (like behind the bed) that would be difficult to remove him from. This from personal experience! Also, if you leave him in the room, remember to keep the Do Not Disturb sign on the door. Bring his medical records with you and make a list of animal emergency hospitals on your route. Also, I would make hotel arrangements beforehand so that you can find places that will accept pets. Like I said, our six-day trip was highly uneventful. My cat, Sasha, cried for an entire day, but after that, she was quiet. Abbie and Sash both seemed to enjoy the hotel rooms. They even got to see Mt. Rushmore! Good luck to you - on your move and in your new home.
  • LeDon WissnerLeDon Wissner League CityMember Posts: 90
    edited 6 June, 2008
    Hello everyfurrbody! My Mommy Kitty ALWAYS takes on in her car or SUV. We are used to travelling. Though we chat quite a bit, but then it is cool to watch the trees fly by as we cruise down the road. Our longest road trip was about 16 hours...and we slept in a neat animal friendly cat motel. Alot of BnB's take animals too! Our final destinations have been Austin, Dallas and Houston...and Florida and Ariz. So, it is not that bad. Trust us! Just keep one cat box in the back. And make sure you wear a leash and collar...if you get out...or ride in your comfortable carrier. Mommy Kitty brings our toys and blankets and a small scratching board....we do just fine. *Worst part, we hide in our carriers if a big 18 wheeler drives past us....SCARY. For the most part, we take lots of catnaps!!!! BTW, Holiday Inn has always been pet friendly...but do call ahead and check out the bnb's too. :)) Oh, see you here in HOUSTON!!! We live here now! ;c; Cuddles and good luck, Puddles & Family in Houston. Ps. You should see us in the SUV ....MOL, sometimes, 2 Siberian Huskies and 4 kitties. MOL....good thing we are used to traveling.
  • Laurie LeDucLaurie LeDuc Member Posts: 23
    edited 2 October, 2008
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