**Sorry, long first post. But background info necessary
Hi everyone! I'm hoping to get some inputs about air travel with my kitty Xéna. And any information about brining a cat into China in 'recent' years. (I did an extensive search on the forum, but nothing about China for several years. Since November 2012, there has been a major shift in policies, but anything since 2010 would be appreciated...
A little background: Xéna is a beautiful female of.. uncertain origins. I rescued her in November when she was 4 months old. She's very very easy to scare, but is very fast to socialise with other humans and other cats (except men in uniform... she freaks out every time the cable guy, or maintenance comes into my place.) When the shelter found her, she was beaten severely, and whoever had her hands on her before had tried a 'home de-clawing'.
Assuming my next relocation was going to be Dubai, I took her in, but little did I know that I'd be going back to China... (Dubai pet importation being a lot easier...)
To prepare her for the travel, I bought her a soft sided pet carrier, and I got her to be comfortable with it (left it in a good location, and randomly inputting treats. She loves it enough to feel comfortable to sleep in it.) I've also gone on a few car rides with her, as to make her comfortable with car travel. She no longer freaks out with going 'outside' as long as she is in the carrier. My airline has already accepted that I take her in the cabin for the flight.
So my questions would be:
1. Has anyone ever travelled with a cat in-cabin for 14 hours? How did it go? Any tips and tricks?
2. Has anyone ever had to take a pet into China recently? How did it go? Without a pet relocation company? (From what I understand, the pet relocation is only good if you don't speak Chinese. I'm fluent so it's a non-issue.)
3. Has anyone ever had their cats quarantined for 30 days? What should I expect from this? I'm worried sick to leave her with complete strangers... Even though it is a qualified Pet Hospital where she will be quarantined. (No exceptions to this rule-- since November 2012 Canada has been declared as a non-rabies free country by China, and even with a certificate that Xéna has been vaccinated, he will be quarantined for the whole of 30 days
Looking forward for any inputs or comments