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kclumsden
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My husband and I are making the move to St. Croix on May 1st. We are both very excited and a little stressed out trying to get everything done before we go.

We have 2 cats that I'm trying to figure out how to move. They will not be traveling with us because we have a 2 seater truck we are driving from Michigan to Flordia to have shipped and I just can't see having the cats, us and a litter box in the truck for a week. I have called a lot of airlines and not having any luck. I did find that American will send them cargo from Chicago to St. Thomas and I have a call into Seaborne Airlines to see if they can help me, but I also wanted to know what the forum has to say. I have been reading the message board at least once a week for over a year.

Any help or suggestions are welcomed. I'm ok with sending them after I leave because I have a great support system here in Michigan to help with this, but I have to get it all figured out in the next couple of weeks. I don't have the option to leave them here for too long.

Thanks everyone and I can't wait to become an Island girl.

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2010 1:57 pm
speee1dy
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i put my cat in a cat carrier and took him on the plane with us. make sure you get them their shots. they have dispossable cat boxes that might make it easier for you if you find no other alternative and have to bring them with you.

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Posted : April 7, 2010 2:07 pm
stephyjh
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You might want to consider a pet moving service--a google search turns up several.

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Posted : April 7, 2010 2:50 pm
fdr
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Good morning kclumsden,

Please try to find a way to have your cats travel in the cabin with you and not as cargo. The experience of moving is way tougher on cats than on dogs, and that's assuming that everything goes as it should. Many times, pets in cargo are mistreated, intentionally or otherwise, by cargo handlers, and even an unplanned flight delay could be fatal to your animal -- or traumatize her so much that she's never quite the same again. There are plenty of options for moving critters cross-country -- none of the pet moving services yet come to the USVI, unfortunately, but they could get your kitties to FL with no problem.

Have you considered renting another vehicle and making the trip with two cars? Could you rent an RV and tow your vehicle? Is there someone who could fly with the cats and meet you in Miami? How about having some friends or family come visit you in STX, split the cost of the tickets, and they bring the kitties on board?

I know none of these are low-budget options, but they are better than treating an animal like climate-controlled baggage, IMO.

Good luck with the move! Let us know how it works out.

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Posted : April 7, 2010 3:02 pm
piaa
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A week to drive from Michigan to Florida - are ya going via California 🙂 🙂 🙂

OK, seriously, we drove a 20' Penske and towed our vehicle behind us from Kansas City to Florida where we loaded a 20' container and then shipped the truck and made it in 3 days - stopped the 1st night in Nashville and the 2nd in Florida and made it to WPB midday of our 3rd day so it is doable just find pet friendly hotels. Much better option so you can have your cats with you in cabin.

Pia

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Posted : April 7, 2010 8:15 pm
kimd
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We used a pet transportation service for our dog last fall. They were great, but I'll warn you, it wasn't cheap. If there's any way you can take them on board with you, I would try to go that route.

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Posted : April 7, 2010 8:21 pm
kclumsden
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To answer the questions. We are giving plenty of time for the trip because we are driving a classic 1976 Scout Terra pulling a Boston Whaler. I expect the drive to take three days tops at the Scouts top speed of 65. I know that flying the cats in a carrier on your lap is the cheapest and easiest method. It is not the flight that bothers us, it is the drive and out plan of camping and fishing in a few states on the way. One of the cats howls in the car nonstop and this tends to get on ones nerves very quickly. We appreiciate the advice from everyone. The option of having someone visit and bring the cats is not bad. I would gladly pay for that to avoid the howling monster in the truck for five days. If anyone has any constructive ideas, please post them.

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2010 11:39 pm
kclumsden
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not planning a race but a fishing trip on my way out of town. I don't wish to have a howling cat riding shotgun; actually my wifes howling cat that I am allergic too. I have driven to florida in a day with a buddy taking turns so I know my way, thanks

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Topic starter Posted : April 7, 2010 11:44 pm
speee1dy
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if you drive with them and take them on the plane with you, your vet might be able to give them a pill to ease the stress of travel. our whole trip, our cat did not make one sound. no pills for him either. he got a little freaky when going through security as we had to take him out so they could check his carrier. probably scared me more than him. i had thoughts of him running off and never finding him. also if you ship him in cargo, be aware that planes will not transport animals in cargo at certain times of the year due to the temps.

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Posted : April 8, 2010 11:57 am
piaa
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Does that mean they will howl in the cabin of the plane - oh noooooo 🙂

There is an all natural product called Rescue Remedy - great product and it might help them on the flight, here is the link - http://www.rescueremedy.com/pets/

Good luck

Pia

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Posted : April 8, 2010 1:07 pm
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