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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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traveling with new born kittens

hey everyone, first time on here.
I am owned by 2 ragdoll cats. One of them is pregnant and due to give birth tomorrow(nov 3)!
I have been given till next monday(nov 9th) to move out of my apartment as my roommate hasnt paid her share of the rent in 3 months(unknown to me until i received the letter this morning).

They only place i can go is to my parents which is on the other side of the country(i attend college in california and my parents are in new york).

So my options at this point are putting the mom cat with the new born kittens on a plane, as carry on so that they arent in cargo this weekend(when the kittens will be less than a week old) or keeping them all in my car until i can find a new place to live(wont be until end of january).

My parents and friends have no idea what the right option would be and when i asked the vet they said to take the cats to a shelter and surrender them.

Anyone have any experience taking new born kittens on a plane for a long flight or any ideas on what i should do?
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post #2 of 33 (permalink) Old 11-02-2015, 11:26 PM
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A long flight would be too stressful for the mom and kittens.
If you cannot take them with you and cannot find someone to foster them until you are back on your feet, the surrendering them to a NO KILL shelter is their best chance for survival.
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Hi Bevys!
WOW! What a rough situation...
Is there any chance, you could borrow enough from your parents, to cover, and catch up with your rent? And find a different roommate?
It might be at least as cost effective, as plane fare, and having to move cross country...

Do you have any relatives in California, or really good friends there, that you could trust with the Mama cat, and kittens, for a while,
while you get resettled?

I would think it would be very stressful for a new mama cat, with newborns, to have to travel by plane...
There's just to much noise, scents, etc....
I hope other's will have some ideas for you...
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Thanks for the suggestions. I do have friends here in California but we all live in apartments as we are college students. Most apartments don't allow pets at all. My cats are allowed in mine because I registered them as service animals.
I do not have any family in California. My closest family is in New York.

I asked the apartment if I could cover her share of missed rent and they said no. The apartment manager doesn't like me because I have the cats and he didn't want any pets at all in the building.
So staying in the apartment is not an option anymore.

At this point I will be bringing my other cat to New York this weekend on a plane while the mom cat and kittens stay in my car over the weekend while I am gone. When I get back I have school all week so plan on keeping the mom cat and kittens in my car all week while I'm in classes. Then I'll be deciding between taking them on a plane ride to New York or keeping them in my car for the next few months.

I called another vet, this one a cat specialist, and they suggested putting the kittens to sleep when they are born so I can move the mom cat with as little stress as possible. horrible sounding idea.
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You're going to leave the mom cat and her kittens alone in a car over the weekend? That would be terrifying for them, and who would be there if something happened to a kitten? Or worse, what if she goes into labor alone and has complications and dies?

With the cost you're spending on airfare, why not just get a hotel this weekend? Put them in boarding? Something. If your best option is keeping these cats in a car, a no-kill shelter or good rescue would be a MUCH better option for them. I'm horrified for this mother cat and her kittens just reading this post. If I weren't all the way in Ohio, I would take them.

I'm confused as to why this cat was bred in the first place when you were testing your landlord already by having the cats you have? This is just such a poorly planned situation.

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I called another vet, this one a cat specialist, and they suggested putting the kittens to sleep when they are born so I can move the mom cat with as little stress as possible. horrible sounding idea.
Absolutely not. I cannot fathom what sort of vet would suggest this. This mother cat needs to be in the hands of a good rescue so her kittens have a chance.
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They are show cats and under obligation from the breeder they were purchased from to be bred. My apartment manager was aware of the situation.
Also under the contract the cats are not allowed to be put in a shelter. I have to give them back to the breeder if I can no longer keep them... The breeder is also in New York.

I have called every bording facility in a 2 hour drive from me and no one will take a nursing cat.
I have also posted on Craigslist for someone wiling to foster them but no one has replied.

I live in Santa Barbara which is a VERY expensive city. Finding a hotel that will allow me to keep cats would be a solution for 1-2 nights tops and then I would be right back in this situation but with no money left for a flight to New York.

I really have looked at all the possible solutions to this and my options at this point are keeping the mom cat and kittens in my car until I find a place to live(which will be in January when I get my next housing disbursement from school) or flying the mom cat and kittens to New York.

So basically does anyone know how damaging it would be to bring new born kittens onto a plane?
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Apart from all the concerns mentioned by everyone else, I was under the impression that you can't have more than one cat in the cabin. I can't see how you even go through security (they need to go through the metal detector with you), how are you going to hold a freaked out/ very protective mom and a handful of kittens in a high stress situation?
I know California has a mild climate during the winter but is it safe in the car? Wouldn't it get hot during the day with the sun shining?

I know you're in a tough situation but I don't think either of these options is going to end well. Can't your parents lend you some to find a new place now? Otherwise my only suggestion would be to keep looking for someone to foster them.
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I am genuinely confused at what sort of breeder REQUIRES someone who is inexperienced (no offense) and a college student with limited funds and non-secure living situation to breed the cat they purchased from them. If this breeder *requires* you to do this, then they should be paying for the expenses and should be paying for these cats to be taken care of. This makes absolutely no sense.

Honestly, at this point I think your only option is driving these cats to New York or surrendering them to a rescue or no-kill shelter. Forget a contract, these cats could DIE or be stolen alone in a car for an entire weekend. Purebred animals of ANY kind are high targets for stealing.

At this point I would be calling every single rescue, every single shelter, every single vet within an hour or more distance and asking for reputable pet sitters or fosters that could take these cats in for atleast a short time. Believe me, there is someone that can if you can pay them.

Zuma is right, you can only bring one pet per person onto the plane with you.

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I flew the cats out here at the same time, both as carry on. Most airline workers don't know the rules so don't question it.. In my experience at least.
I would be more concerned with the car being too cold where I am for the cats over too warm. It's been in the 60s here.

I am still looking for someone to foster them in the mean time but I have to figure out my back up plan come Monday when I have to be out of my apartment.

My parents don't have money to lend me. They are both retired and on fixed income.
The only way I live in CA is with a full ride scholarship from my school and they give me a stiffen for housing.
But since I paid my housing for the quarter when the quarter started I have only $320 to last me till I get my next disbursement.. Which is at the end of January.
Barely enough for the one flight to New York to take my cats.

I want to do what is in their best interest so if anyone has any knowledge of flying new born kittens please let me know if it's an option.
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