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How long can a 1-year-old cat stay home alone?

Whenever I go on vacation I leave my 1-year-old cat with my friend, who also has a cat. My cat and his cat HATE each other, and I was wondering if I can leave my cat alone at home. I plan to be gone ...
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How can I keep my cats safe in my car?

When transporting one cat I put the carrier on the passenger seat (with the front grill facing me). When transporting both, somebody gets the back seat (with the carrier similarly facing the center ...
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Why do cats hate riding in cars?

Whenever we need to take one our cats in the car (usually to the vets, but not always), the in-car drama is quite intense with a yowling and even vomiting (rare for short durations). Why do cats, ...
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Can I bring my dog or cat on Amtrak?

Traveling with pets on airplanes can be challenging. Trips can be long and airports do not normally have areas for animals to relieve themselves. Furthermore, animals that are too large need to be ...
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What strategy to undertake for a long car trip with my dog?

My family and I have an upcoming vacation, traveling by car. The trip is going to be about 12-13 hours, and we plan on rotating drivers so we don't have to stop overnight. We will be taking my ...
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Make life easier for motion sick dog when traveling?

I have a two year old adult dog that tends to get motion sick when traveling via car. Short trips to the park are OK, but trips longer than 20 minutes are problematic. Normally, we don't feed him at ...
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What's a suitable way to drive with a big dog in the car?

I drive a Honda Crosstour. I was wondering what I can use to make sure that the my dog, a german shepherd, can be kept safe and comfortable in the trunk/backseat and also prevent any damage to the ...
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How should I accomodate my cat if I travel for work?

I am currently pursuing a new job which will require a decent amount of travel. I am very conflicted since I don't know who could look after my cat each time I'm away if I get this job. I don't have ...
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How to transport fishes over large distance?

What options do I have to transport my fishes if I am moving a far distance? For example flying from NYC to San Francisco? EDIT: There will be no prepared tank set up after moving. Also, this will ...
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Is there any way to make sure my bearded dragon has enough to eat while I'm on vacation?

I'm going to be travelling between Christmas and New Year's, and so I'm working on making sure all my pets are being taken care of while I'm gone. Some of them are coming with me, and others are being ...
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Streamlining Aquarium for Frequent Travel

Currently, I have a planted 30gal tank with a male betta and a few shrimp/snails. I'm very attached to my fish, and enjoy the ability to give him a tank much larger than the average pet-store betta ...
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Travelling with cat by plane

We are currently arranging for our pet cat to join us in the UK. We've gone through the process of organising the trip and fulfilled (or will do) all the requirements to have the cat in the UK (she ...
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Is it feasible to take cat on a 1400 mile, 21+ hour road trip?

I have been thinking about driving from Massachusetts to Florida, but was not sure how feasible it is to do so with a cat. The cat is a vaccinated (to MA standards) inside cat, little less than 2 ...
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How can I stop my cats from urinating in the pet carrier?

We have two British Shorthairs, George and Martha, 4 years old. Last year, George peed himself in the pet carrier on the way to the vet. Looking back, part of the problem probably was timing, as I had ...
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Should I put my cat into a cattery while I go away on holiday?

I'm planning to go away on holiday for a couple of weeks. Should I look at putting my cat (10 year old regular moggie) into a cattery for the period, or should I look at getting a neighbour to come in ...
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How can I help my cat not get carsick?

We've been seeing a veternarian dermatologist who is about an hour drive away (on the beltway, where it's common to reach speeds of 65 mph). Two of the three cats are fine, but Ginger keeps getting ...
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Dogs in vehicles - which is safer; harness or crate?

When traveling with a dog in the car, which is safer: a dog harness made for use with seatbelts? or a crate? My puppy is around 14 lbs (6.4 kg) and we've been using a crate for travel. I'm ...
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How should I transport dogs across the country?

According to English Wikipedia: In June 1983, the Romney family left their Belmont, Massachusetts home on their way to Romney's parents' cottage in Beach O'Pines, Ontario for an annual vacation ...
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Cat pulls his claws off while being transported

My cat hates the car and his travel box (plastic with wire mesh). He claws at the boxes air vents / grill and goes a bit crazy when we drive, which leads to pulled off claw sheaths and a bit of ...
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Would flying stress my cats more than driving?

In a few months I will be moving across the US with 2 cats (The female is introverted and will slink away to hide when the unexpected happens. The male is a lot more outgoing, but can be unexpectedly ...
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Microchips: which national database hosts the record if the pet moved between countries?

Our dog has an ISO standard microchip implanted in Hungary according to this page: This transponder has a country code according to ISO 3166 from Hungary, the manufacturer is "Felixcan S.L." and ...
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What is the safest position for a pet carrier in a car?

The pet carriers we have come with loops in the top so you can use the seat belt to hold the carrier in place. This seems like a great idea, but I think front and/or rear impact accidents are most ...
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How can I transport my rabbit using a bicycle?

I need to take my pet rabbit to the vet to get her spayed, but my main method of transportation is biking. How can I bring my rabbit on the bicycle without scaring her to death? Would she be okay in a ...
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Transport a cockatiel locally in car ride

Any suggestions for how to transport a cockatiel bird across a city in a car ride? The bird will occasionally relocate from one home to another every few months. If we had a bird cage already ...
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Leaving red-eared sliders for the weekend

I recently began caring for a red-eared slider. It is still young and small, approximately 4 inches in length from the head to tail. I typically feed him dried meal worms daily. I am leaving town from ...
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How can I safely transport a chinchilla on a 15 hour car ride?

Long story short, I have a chinchilla that I have to transport with me on a 16 hour car ride. And because things are never that simple, I have my two cats with me as well. I'm probably going to break ...
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Where do I get a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (health certificate) and acclimation certificate?

I have heard that I will need a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection to travel with a pet (dog) and some airlines require an acclimation certificate. Where can I obtain these certificates and is there ...
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Is it safe to take a small (such as a robo or chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they “explode”?

I am planning to fly from USA to Hong Kong and wanted to take my small chinese hamster with me. My understanding is that a hamster would probably have to ride in the cargo hold with other animals (...
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Teach cats to stay close in unfenced area

We have two cats that we would love to take to a summer house with us for weekends during at least half of the year. The idea is that we'll be heading there on Friday and returning on either Sunday ...
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How will my cats feel about a weekend vacation?

I will be spending several days at my parents house this coming weekend. They've been encouraging me to bring my cats with me, but so far I've been reluctant to do so. But this coming weekend my ...
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International travel with cockatiels (moving from the US)

I am looking for information on moving from the US to a different country with two cockatiels. (We are two people travelling, in case each is allowed to bring only one bird.) What airlines allow ...
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What information should we leave for a cat sitter/cattery?

I keep a single sheet document on each cat that gets printed out whenever they are left in someone else's care (a cat sitter, a family member, taken to be boarded, etc). What information should be ...
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Moving with pets: boxer, kitten and betta fish (1330 mile trip)

We are moving from Texas to Wisconsin. It is a 1330 mile trip. We will be stopping at 2 hotels along the way. Do you have any advice for traveling with a Boxer, a kitten, a Betta fish, and a 4 year ...
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What is a good cat food for free-feeding an older cat who is not stomaching dry food lately?

I have a neutered male cat who is in his 11th year now, and as of this year has had trouble keeping his usual dry food down (same stuff he's been eating for years), vomiting it up a couple times per ...
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Cat meeting new cat

I've gotten an awesome grey female Persian cat, who is about 8 months old. The thing is that my friend is going out of the city and wouldn't be able to take care of his cat for almost 20 days. I want ...
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Can I keep my cat from defecating in the carrier during transport?

About 6 weeks ago, we adopted 2 senior cats. While bringing them home, one of the cats defecated in her carrier. Last night, I took them both to our vet for a checkup. Each cat has their own ...
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Traveling across country with red eared slider

My family is moving from Colorado to Alaska which is approximately 60 hours. We plan to stop each night and sleep at a hotel. This will allow us to set up a mini aquarium for him through the night. I ...
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How to treat car anxiety in dog?

I have a 4 year old Husky/Shepherd (70lbs) mix I adopted as a pup. I've had great success in training him and teaching him tricks, as he is highly food motivated. However, there has been one ...
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Should we crate our puppy during their first car ride?

If a puppy has yet to be introduced to a crate, is it more stressful to crate the dog (and thus possibly create a bad association with the crate) or should we try some other method of transporting the ...
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How to handle a cat's “bathroom” needs when confined to a travel crate?

For travel my cat will be confined to a crate for up to 30 hours. I will be able to give him attention, food, and water throughout but likely not able to take him out. How should I handle his ...
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How to do an 8-hour road trip with a husky puppy

I will be travelling with a female Siberian Husky puppy in about a month from now, and by then my pup would've been 2 1/2 months old. I'm a bit uncertain on how i'm going to do this, I've crawled the ...
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Rabbits as hand luggage in airplane

I read I could transport animals in transport boxes the size of hand luggage with me near my seat on an airplane. I could not imagine a transport-box-like piece of luggage with the right size. One ...
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Hard or soft side carrier to bring a cat on international flight?

Should I get a hard sided or a soft sided carrier to bring a cat on an international US to Europe direct flight (on Delta airlines)? The carrier will be under the seat in front of me during the flight....
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Should I bring my cat with me if I travel for 1 month?

I will be visiting my parents for a about 4-5 weeks over Christmas. I have a 1.5-yo cat that is very scared of most people. She is used to me and my girlfriend now, but rarely lets anyone else ...
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Leaving for vacation, leave cat alone or move it to other house?

I am leaving for a 3 weeks vacation. Our cat is a bit of a unique chap, he loves to have people around but prefers to keep some distance. He lives in our tiny house. The neighbours will be in charge ...
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Concerned about cat's reaction while cleaning litter box

My wife and I live in a small flat along with our neutered male British Shorthair. Over the last month, we both traveled quite a bit and were away from the flat for more than 15 days. During this time,...
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Pressure change when flying with cats

Next month I will be flying my cats across the country and taking them as cabin luggage. My vet has supplied suitable drugs for keeping them relaxed during the trip (although I think that I should be ...
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How can i prevent my cat from missing my roommate?

I live along with a roommate and two of us have a cat though the cat is particularlly attached to my roommate. My roommate sometimes goes on trips and the cat goes on top of my roommates bed and ...
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Are blank pet passports available outside of the EU?

In Europe vaccination history and pertaining information about your pet are collected in his pet passport. Now we moved away from Europe and are about to get another pet (in addition to the ones we ...
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How can my pomeranian tolerate being alone for roughly 12 days?

I have a 4 year old pomeranian, in a family of 5. 4 of us will be going on vacation for roughly 12 days, and we are concerned about the pomeranian's tolerance to being alone. The fifth person will ...