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2013-06-15 09:24:57 PM  

4seasons85!: I know this is late but I need some advice if possible. I am likely moving soon. Should I drive with two cats (it could take a week) or risk flying with them in the airplane cabin?


Most airlines only allow one pet per seat - so with two cats, they would probably make you buy two seats. Some you have to store the animals in the back, and some you can keep them under the seat in front of you if the carrier fits (so I would get a soft carrier, if they allow that). Either way, look up the airline regulations on pets first.

As for driving, I say go for it. Where are you driving from/to? I drove with two cats from Ohio to New Mexico, and then New Mexico to Oregon. I got a couple of disposable litter pans, gave them food and water when I stopped for gas/food/bathroom, but they were too miserable to do more than just sleep. My cats would cry for a bit and then be resigned to their fate for the rest of the journey. I stopped for the night in reserved hotel/motels that allowed pets, and that's where they would chow down and empty their bladders since there wasn't the stress of a moving vehicle. I strongly recommend keeping the cats in a carrier if they're not used to the car - my Ivan decided he was going to get out of the carrier during morning rush hour traffic outside Indianapolis AND stood on the window button making the window come down while going 50+ mph while I was trying to merge in said rush hour traffic. Needless to say, I had a heart attack and it still makes me ill to my stomach thinking about it!

I say drive if it's possible. My cats are so-so in the car, but I just imagine it's 100 times worse flying with mine. Plus, I was never able to get anything soothing down their throats, so no meds or tranqs.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of factors to consider with both options!
 
2013-06-15 09:28:07 PM  
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Okay, so I "might" have been drinking for a while, and I "might" find things funnier than they really are. And Lily "might" be laying across my keyboard, so I have to type 1 handed. Wait...whut wuz I saying?
 
2013-06-15 09:28:49 PM  
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2013-06-15 09:31:06 PM  
i have two kittehs botx tuxedos one named Milo and one named Otis
a year ago i found a little tuxedo cat in my yard.
really thin and meowing so i fed it
for the next year or so i would wake up and find this cat outside my apt in the morning just waiting.
so id feed it
at first it would run away but not too long after i was able to pet it
i named it Max (totally arbitrary)
well over the winter it got frighteningly cold so i lured Max into the basement with hopes of getting him checked out and bringing him in for good
but the landlords found him and he made a swift exit before i could carry out my plan
a few weeks went by and no Max
i was a little concerned because Max was always pretty reliable in showing up and even if I didnt see him in the morning Id see the cat somewhere in the neighborhood
well one day i was sitting outside before work and feeding Max when i noticed it was a she not a he (in which i decided that on adoption i would change her name to Andi to go with the name scheme)
anyway long story short i went out and spoke to a vet about my plan and got the cost for treatments with vaccines and such
but my concern was that she might have a litter somewhere and i didnt want to take her away from it
so the plan became to follow her until i found out for sure
but id find her curled up in the grass or the shadow of the house every morning and shed let me pet her for a little while before she ate
well its been a few months now and I havent seen sight of Max
I have no idea how old she was but her face showed some years and scars on it
I do miss seeing her in the morning before work
and it is sad
but i like to look on the bright side of things
for that year i think i made her life a little better and a little safer even for a little while
 
2013-06-15 09:31:43 PM  
grmmmie.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-15 09:34:49 PM  

predle: sherpa18: I think I'm really going to regret this - my tummy not happy!


i415.photobucket.com

/ this is why ceiling cat invented zantac
// c'mon, be honest - it was worth it wasn't it???
/// feel better
 
2013-06-15 09:35:02 PM  

sherpa18: John Buck 41: Then again my rack was bigger than the one in the recipe).

Wait, whut?

 [i415.photobucket.com image 600x406]


I knew someone would take that the wrong way.
 
2013-06-15 09:35:47 PM  
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2013-06-15 09:38:19 PM  

theamazingwally: i have two kittehs botx tuxedos one named Milo and one named Otis
a year ago i found a little tuxedo cat in my yard.
really thin and meowing so i fed it
for the next year or so i would wake up and find this cat outside my apt in the morning just waiting.
so id feed it
at first it would run away but not too long after i was able to pet it
i named it Max (totally arbitrary)
well over the winter it got frighteningly cold so i lured Max into the basement with hopes of getting him checked out and bringing him in for good
but the landlords found him and he made a swift exit before i could carry out my plan
a few weeks went by and no Max
i was a little concerned because Max was always pretty reliable in showing up and even if I didnt see him in the morning Id see the cat somewhere in the neighborhood
well one day i was sitting outside before work and feeding Max when i noticed it was a she not a he (in which i decided that on adoption i would change her name to Andi to go with the name scheme)
anyway long story short i went out and spoke to a vet about my plan and got the cost for treatments with vaccines and such
but my concern was that she might have a litter somewhere and i didnt want to take her away from it
so the plan became to follow her until i found out for sure
but id find her curled up in the grass or the shadow of the house every morning and shed let me pet her for a little while before she ate
well its been a few months now and I havent seen sight of Max
I have no idea how old she was but her face showed some years and scars on it
I do miss seeing her in the morning before work
and it is sad
but i like to look on the bright side of things
for that year i think i made her life a little better and a little safer even for a little while

Awww...that was a nice story. I'm sure you made a difference in her life! Good on you for trying.... :D
 
2013-06-15 09:48:41 PM  
Really late to the party this week.  Kittehs are now three weeks old, and becoming mobile, meaning our lives are only going to get more hectic.  All of them are doing fine and were brought out for the first time to meet the rest of the relatives.  No ferrets, but the rest of the cats were all Meh about it.  Anyway, have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the antics of the Asian / Italian fusion mewbies.

sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
Moo Shu Tiramisu
fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net
S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E Parmesan
fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net
Sashimi Fettucini
sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net
General Tso's Tortellini
fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net
And last but not least, Pu Pu Pasta.
 
2013-06-15 09:50:38 PM  
grmmmie.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-15 09:54:29 PM  

akimbotoo: Interesting........I got #666 and #777 this week!


OOOOwieee....   131313.. you're cool... not a Friday !
 
2013-06-15 09:54:43 PM  

Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Really late to the party this week.  Kittehs are now three weeks old, and becoming mobile, meaning our lives are only going to get more hectic.  All of them are doing fine and were brought out for the first time to meet the rest of the relatives.  No ferrets, but the rest of the cats were all Meh about it.  Anyway, have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the antics of the Asian / Italian fusion mewbies.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
Moo Shu Tiramisu
[fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E Parmesan
[fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
Sashimi Fettucini
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
General Tso's Tortellini
[fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
And last but not least, Pu Pu Pasta.


OMG!!  They are so cute!!!  SQUEE!!!! :D  Thanks for taking the time to share!
 
2013-06-15 09:58:08 PM  
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2013-06-15 09:59:37 PM  

sherpa18: John Buck 41: Then again my rack was bigger than the one in the recipe).

Wait, whut?

 [i415.photobucket.com image 600x406]


 Come on now... older bucks always have big racks......
 
2013-06-15 10:00:43 PM  

gremlin1: Jack and I having a discussion about the mole he's trying to bring in the house one day last winter.


Never let them do that, in my experience they'll only ever eat the first mole and the rest are for you.  I think they must taste bad or something.
 
2013-06-15 10:01:24 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:02:42 PM  

professional_vampire: tigerose: sherpa18: I would like to contact your place of noms...
I suggest Delicious and Best Chinese food. Phone # 973-299-2788. :-) They offer General Tso's Shrimp.


i415.photobucket.com

/ aren't you supposed to be camping out in the wilderness somewhere right now?
// i spoke to tigerose earlier this evening and absolved her of providing chinese food
/// and yes, i admit d&b is the only place that does general tso's shrimp, although their fried rice leaves a bit to be desired ...
//// did you ever take the white boy's advice and try their chicken wings in garlic sauce?
 
2013-06-15 10:02:49 PM  

lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 500x375]
Snake needs to go eat a sammich.


finger sammiches at that.....
 
2013-06-15 10:03:18 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:06:51 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:10:47 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:11:51 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:12:45 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:12:46 PM  

lilyspad: Okay, so I "might" have been drinking for a while, and I "might" find things funnier than they really are. And Lily "might" be laying across my keyboard, so I have to type 1 handed. Wait...whut wuz I saying?


i415.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-15 10:20:02 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:21:31 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:25:04 PM  

John Buck 41: sherpa18: John Buck 41: Then again my rack was bigger than the one in the recipe).

Wait, whut?

 [i415.photobucket.com image 600x406]

I knew someone would take that the wrong way.


We kinda look for that sort of thing..  picking on family is allowed, as it is always in fun, and never malicious... and we have a very quick bunch here...  :o)
 
2013-06-15 10:25:23 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:27:06 PM  

lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 362x500]


+1
 
2013-06-15 10:29:06 PM  
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I'm dun for today. HUGS to all!!! See you in the morning! Hopefully Lily will let me sleep past midnight. :D
 
2013-06-15 10:31:20 PM  

John Buck 41: sherpa18: John Buck 41: Then again my rack was bigger than the one in the recipe).
Wait, whut? I knew someone would take that the wrong way.


What else did you expect?   :o)

i415.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-15 10:33:29 PM  

OlderGuy: akimbotoo: Interesting........I got #666 and #777 this week!

OOOOwieee....   131313.. you're cool... not a Friday !



Thanks!  I kind of figured it was a good omen or something.  I hope so! :D
 
2013-06-15 10:34:17 PM  
And I predict that kiloktty will come earlier than last week.....


 Busy day tomorrow.. we are having an oyster roast at the brewery tomorrow.. suspect it will be packed with people... looove deep fried oysters if done properly....  plus lawn, litterboxes, laundry and whatever else needs doing...     nite, folks......  bbt..
 
2013-06-15 10:34:38 PM  

Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Really late to the party this week.  Kittehs are now three weeks old, and becoming mobile, meaning our lives are only going to get more hectic.  All of them are doing fine and were brought out for the first time to meet the rest of the relatives.  No ferrets, but the rest of the cats were all Meh about it.  Anyway, have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the antics of the Asian / Italian fusion mewbies.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
Moo Shu Tiramisu
[fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E Parmesan
[fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
Sashimi Fettucini
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
General Tso's Tortellini
[fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
And last but not least, Pu Pu Pasta.


They are so adorable!
 
2013-06-15 10:42:38 PM  

akimbotoo: Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: Really late to the party this week.  Kittehs are now three weeks old, and becoming mobile, meaning our lives are only going to get more hectic.  All of them are doing fine and were brought out for the first time to meet the rest of the relatives.  No ferrets, but the rest of the cats were all Meh about it.  Anyway, have a great weekend everyone, and enjoy the antics of the Asian / Italian fusion mewbies.

[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
Moo Shu Tiramisu
[fbcdn-sphotos-h-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E Parmesan
[fbcdn-sphotos-g-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
Sashimi Fettucini
[sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]
General Tso's Tortellini
[fbcdn-sphotos-a-a.akamaihd.net image 720x960]
And last but not least, Pu Pu Pasta.

They are so adorable!


Moo Shu is probably the most vocal out of all of them.  S-H-I-I-T-A-K-E is the loner who likes to just sit and watch.  Pu Pu is our little mobile kitteh, and the torti twins are still a little on the quiet side, and not as mobile as the rest of their brothers and sisters.  We've at least got them out of the bed now, so I'm happy about that.  Piggy, and Mo didn't really care too much about the babies, and Fatty Waffles was kept away because she's always violently fighting with Scampi.  We won't let them out near the ferrets, so they will not get to experience that, but we can't predict what would happen and don't want to take any chances on something happening.  Other than that, we're still waiting on the first clutch of baby beardies to hatch, and for the weather to do something besides try to drown us, or boil us alive.  Going to be a long summer I think.
 
2013-06-15 10:43:20 PM  

OlderGuy: sherpa18: Come on now... older bucks always have big racks......


i415.photobucket.com

/ yes, i saw what you did there, and giggled my ass off....
 
2013-06-15 10:49:50 PM  
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Hedley Lamarr:  "Kinky."

/Please don't be obscure.
 
2013-06-15 10:56:41 PM  

Meanwhile, I found some outfits that our beloved Alien could have worn to dinner this evening.


i415.photobucket.com


/ whut? it is very dark
 
2013-06-15 10:58:07 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:59:20 PM  
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2013-06-15 10:59:43 PM  
predle576.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-15 11:03:06 PM  

RadicalEd: 4seasons85!: I know this is late but I need some advice if possible. I am likely moving soon. Should I drive with two cats (it could take a week) or risk flying with them in the airplane cabin?

Most airlines only allow one pet per seat - so with two cats, they would probably make you buy two seats. Some you have to store the animals in the back, and some you can keep them under the seat in front of you if the carrier fits (so I would get a soft carrier, if they allow that). Either way, look up the airline regulations on pets first.

As for driving, I say go for it. Where are you driving from/to? I drove with two cats from Ohio to New Mexico, and then New Mexico to Oregon. I got a couple of disposable litter pans, gave them food and water when I stopped for gas/food/bathroom, but they were too miserable to do more than just sleep. My cats would cry for a bit and then be resigned to their fate for the rest of the journey. I stopped for the night in reserved hotel/motels that allowed pets, and that's where they would chow down and empty their bladders since there wasn't the stress of a moving vehicle. I strongly recommend keeping the cats in a carrier if they're not used to the car - my Ivan decided he was going to get out of the carrier during morning rush hour traffic outside Indianapolis AND stood on the window button making the window come down while going 50+ mph while I was trying to merge in said rush hour traffic. Needless to say, I had a heart attack and it still makes me ill to my stomach thinking about it!

I say drive if it's possible. My cats are so-so in the car, but I just imagine it's 100 times worse flying with mine. Plus, I was never able to get anything soothing down their throats, so no meds or tranqs.

Unfortunately, there's a lot of factors to consider with both options!


Thanks so much! You are right that there are pros and cons to both. I am considering driving more now. It is from Vegas to Juneau, AK. So as you can imagine it is long. However the fear of them flying and having to take them out in the airport for scanning and then the chance that they howl the whole flight makes me very weary.
 
2013-06-15 11:03:52 PM  
predle576.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-15 11:05:01 PM  

OlderGuy: sherpa18: John Buck 41: Then again my rack was bigger than the one in the recipe).

Wait, whut?

 [i415.photobucket.com image 600x406]

 Come on now... older bucks always have big racks......


nyuk nyuk
 
2013-06-15 11:05:26 PM  

lilyspad: [i.imgur.com image 472x640]
Reminds me of Suzy!


imageshack.us
 
2013-06-15 11:08:54 PM  

Brian Blessed's Bastard Boy: [sphotos-a.xx.fbcdn.net image 720x960]

Hedley Lamarr:  "Kinky."

/Please don't be obscure.


In this crowd?
Have some more beans!
i773.photobucket.com
 
2013-06-15 11:10:31 PM  
predle576.smugmug.com
 
2013-06-15 11:10:59 PM  
Just another typical evening at the in2it residence

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2013-06-15 11:13:21 PM  
/ and since it will be dark for quite awhile yet, and sherpas tend to have a dirty mind, and i have nothing better to do....and if i try to sleep, clowns will eat me...

i415.photobucket.com
 
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