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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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flying with a kitten

kimo, my runty little sphynx kitten is now almost 8 weeks old, and growing well. my breeder is confident that he will be able to come home on the date we had previous agreed on, and gave me the go-ahead to schedule my flight to pick him up. he will be 16 weeks old, and it's a four hour flight. i am wondering what i can do to make this as easy and stress-free as possible for both of us. mainly, i'm concerned about the lack of a litter box. i was planning on getting some puppy pads to line his carrier with, does anyone have any better idea? will he be ok without food/water that long, or should i bring something for him? i've never flown with an animal before, so i'm a little bit freaked out! help!!!

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 09:48 PM
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Re: flying with a kitten

I have no idea, but other members should be able to offer some advice! A few of them have flown with cats before, over much larger distances.

Mostly I just wanted to say that if that is your new kitty in your picture, he is GORGEOUS! Be sure to post lots of pictures when he gets home!
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 10:08 PM
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Re: flying with a kitten

The puppy pads are good. No food or water for several hours before leaving for the airport and nothing while in don't want him vomiting. A 16 week old kitten is fine on 3 meals a day, so going 8 hours without food is very normal, you could even push it longer if need be.

You can try spraying his carrier with Feliway (a synthetic cat pheromone that is comforting). Make sure he's wearing a harness with ID on it and have a leash available to attach before you take him out of the carrier...they will make you take him out when you go through security. Loop the leash around your wrist before taking him out, he's a little guy, but if he starts clawing (because he's scared) it would be very easy for you to drop the leash and he could run and hide somewhere inappropriate.

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