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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they "explode"?

Airplanes maintain air pressure in both the passenger cabin and the cargo hold. The reason for the passenger cabin is obviously health and safety of the passengers, but in the cargo hold it is for ...
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Should I bring my cat with me if I travel for 1 month?

It is very hard for a cat to come to a new place and by the time your cat settles in, it is time to move back home. So if it is possible for you to get a cat sitter, I think this is the best option ...
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Is it feasible to take cat on a 1400 mile, 21+ hour road trip?

It all depends on the personality of your cat I think, but for the most part, I consider it do-able. I've made a similar trip several times for visiting family on holidays. Though my drive is only 12 ...
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Transport a cockatiel locally in car ride

You've got a few choices. You can do a search on Amazon for "bird carrier." They tend to be a bit pricey but are built specifically for birds. Alternatively, you can go buy a small animal carrier or ...
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How can I stop my cats from urinating in the pet carrier?

It's a fear reaction. My cat does it as well when I take him to the vet. You have to think about it this way. A dog is given a kennel as a bedroom and while they may be shut in sometimes, you know ...
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Rabbits as hand luggage in airplane

I travel with rabbits over long distances, mostly by automobile. When driving we stop about every 4 hours and set up an exercise pen for them to use the bathroom, eat and drink for about 30 minutes. ...
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Can I travel for 2 years with my cat and two dogs?

This is my personal, subjective opinion: You could travel with dogs, but it would mean a lot of stress for the cat. Dogs are (in general) very social animals and their pack is their home. If the pack ...
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Cat meeting new cat

Letting the other cat stay in their own home, and visiting to feed them and clean litterbox, would probably be wiser. Or, if you must foster in your own home, plan on keeping them separated or ...
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Is it feasible to take cat on a 1400 mile, 21+ hour road trip?

When my husband and I moved from Brooklyn back to the Seattle area, we had to arrange for our two hairless cats to be driven across country for 3 days in a small SUV. One of the cats has anxiety, but ...
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Door Protector for dogs that like to Hang Out the Window

Meant to post this earlier, but my fiancé actually came up with the perfect idea: dog socks. Protects the car - inside and out. Don't have to worry about them falling off or getting blown away (like ...
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Family loyal dog for long-term travel

There are several aspects you need to consider, including: Breed Traditional herding and guard breeds were bred exactly for your purpose: to protect familiar individuals (animals or humans) from ...
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How to transport an older feral/family cat 500 miles?

First off, you should definitely take the kitty with you. From what you tell, it seems both of you are fond of each other and it would be very emotional for both of you to leave each other. Coming to ...
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International travel with cockatiels (moving from the US)

I've done this with two quaker parrots (Myiopsitta monachus), first by plane from the US to Europe, and some years later, by ferry from one European country to another one. First of all, you may be ...
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Should we crate our puppy during their first car ride?

Assuming you're taking him home from the breeder at around 8 weeks of age, he's still in his critical (socialisation) period, meaning that they are very open to new experiences and won't have a priori ...
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Is it safe to take a small (such as a Robo or Chinese) hamster in airplane, or can they "explode"?

Explosion is obviously an urban legend. I never heard of such a thing before. But Roborovski hamsters are adapted to similar pressures as humans and other mammals so there is no reason to assume that ...
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How can I stop my cats from urinating in the pet carrier?

If I have to carry my cats I put them into their toilet in advance. When they feel the litter under their paws they usually feel urged to pee there even if their bladders are only half full. After ...
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how can I transport a suckerfish by automobile for 6 hours?

A 5 gallon bucket and a battery powered airstone is usually a good way to transport. The biggest concern is the fish running out of oxygen in a closed container and the larger the fish, the more ...
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How to treat car anxiety in dog?

Have you tried any counter conditioning or desensitization training? If not, those are viable options here. You'll want to first identify when your dog begins to feel anxious. Is it when you start ...
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Moving with pets: boxer, kitten and betta fish (1330 mile trip)

Good luck on that trip! If you are sure you want to take them with you, do so. It is a long trip and a bit of a hassle to move pets over these kind of distances. If you decide not to take them with ...
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Moving with pets: boxer, kitten and betta fish (1330 mile trip)

Can't pitch in on advice for dog/beta fish/kid, but can throw in my 2 cents for the cat. Depending on the cat, if your cat is accustomed to car rides and frequent outings, and in fact likes it, this ...
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How will my cats feel about a weekend vacation?

Your cats will probably hate the drive... We have a good answer here about options for cats on 3 day trips taking them with you is an option. While automatic feeding is an option, 3 days is a long ...
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Would flying stress my cats more than driving?

It essentially depends on your cats personality, I traveled quite a few times with mine and it was always a big deal by plane but fine by car(almost no stress as she had more space and we could more ...
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Pressure change when flying with cats

Yes cats can get uncomfortable as a result of pressure changes and the effect this can have on their ears. The ears of a cat are similar to ours and the pressure is equalized in the same way as it is ...
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Hard or soft side carrier to bring a cat on international flight?

I read through the guidelines of Delta Airlines and they do not have a rule for it. But there are some things to keep in mind. The container must be leak proof The container must be ventilated from ...
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Hard or soft side carrier to bring a cat on international flight?

Your flight will be at the very least 6.5h long (e.g. from NY to Lisbon), so I suggest you take into consideration faeces (the cat may want to pee, and the soft carrier must be leak-proof), and stress ...
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Months-long trip: hire cat sitter or send to cattery/friend's house?

I think the most ideal would be if you have a friend that is willing to both catsit and stay in your home for a significant chunk of the day, so the cats have lots of opportunity for human interaction....
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Use Zylkene 75 mg before traveling with my cats

The dose on the label says to give 2 capsules per day in cats over 10 lbs. From the product information on Amazon: Your cats are very large – they will be fine with 150 mg per day. In fact, your male ...
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Seatbelts on my dog?

There are dog/car specific harnesses - basically something like a padded full body harness that'll fit around your dog (and provide cushioning in the right places) and hook into a seatbelt. I can't ...
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What is a good cat food for free-feeding an older cat who is not stomaching dry food lately?

I've never tried them, but there are semi-moist foods that you can get in pouch. Perhaps they would keep a bit better than wet food? Also, if you check a pet store you should be able to find a ...
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Should I always take everyone to the vet?

Medically I asked my vet about this once. He said that if an animal is exposed to a communicable disease but not showing symptoms, we should still not treat the animal for the disease. They may be ...
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