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kimo's 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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I have no real advice but it sounds like your on the right track with the puppy pads. Hopefully he will sleep during the flight but goodluck and you'll have to tell us all about it when that day finally gets here!
 

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You can not put water or a litter pan when he flies with you.
Cleo came all the way from N.C. to California by herself and everything was fine.
She held it the whole time.
Wrinkles came by herself also and held it.
BTW my husband used to work for a airline.
You can use puppy pads if he has to pee.
No water until you land.
He will be ok.
Bring a blanket or snuggle sac in the carrier.
You will need to stick the carrier under your seat.
 

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They usually seem to hold it until they land, he might get travel sick and vomit though. 4hrs isn't too long a flight so hopefully it will be accident free.
 

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I flew Butterball from Pitt to Dallas. He was fine. When I picked him up he was running around the car. He was purring and wanting to play. He was just fine. The only suggestion I have would be to bring some water. Kitty will be fine without a litter box for four hours. Unless he/she doesn't go before leaving like my niece and nephew and most other kids under the age of 10.

Oh, most airlines won't fly animals if it's under a certain temp.
 

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I flew from KY to MA with Sophie and she was ok. The breeder fed her very late the evening before I left and I left really early in the morning. That way she didn't have anything in her system and had time to use the litter box. I got water on the plane and wet her nose through the carrier just to ease my mind. She was just fine!
 

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To clarify: He will be in the cabin with you? I have done this many times. Puppy pad on the bottom and a small fleece blanket. Hold the food and water so he doesn't get sick. You will put him under the seat in front of you at your feet. He will settle down from the vibration of the place after you get going.
 

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Great advice from everyone. I followed the same guidelines when I flew Blue home & he was great. Luckily, I had a pretty empty flight (it was Thanksgiving Day) and kept unzipping his carrier to reach in and pet him. I couldn't help it...he was my new baby :Laugh: Just make double-sure that the carrier you use is approved by the airline. There's another post on here about that. Everything will be great!

I'm SOOO excited for you and Kimo!!!!!!
 
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thanks for the tips and encouragement, y'all!

yup, he'll be in the cabin with MEEEEE!

couple more question, though... what about security? will i have to take him out of the carrier? i'm assuming they will make the carrier go through the xray machine, but not my baby, right?! also, will he need a health certificate? i know you need one to ship a pet, but is it needed for one flying in the cabin?

i already have my carrier. it is designed for air travel, and fits the airline's size guidelines. i'll bring a couple of ariana's old flannel receiving blankets for him to snuggle in. i'll even sleep with them for a couple nights before hand, so they'll smell like me! ummm... i'll also make sure he is microchipped before we leave, and has id tags, just in case.
 

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Some airlines require a health cert and some don't. Call your airling. You will have to take him out of carrier and send it through on the conveyor. You will carry him through the archway scanner.
 

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I bet you're so excited! I sure would be! Am so very happy for you.
 

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Hope both you and Kimo have a safe trip! Can't wait to hear about him when he is finally home. :Smile:
 
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