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    Tip for Traveling Cat Owners

    A traveler with pets usually has three choices when traveling - boarding their pet at a kennel, having a friend or neighbor visit their pet who stays home alone, or bringing their pet with them.


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    ac1135 Pet Friendly Travel - More and more people see their animal companions as members of the family and want to bring them along when they travel. Hotels have taken note of this growing trend and increased their pet friendly lodging by 8% according to a recent study by AAA.
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    ac1135 Pet Air Travel - Taking your pet dog or cat along with you on a airline flight requires advance planning and decisions on what category of air travel your pet traveler will have. Airlines generally will accept animals as either Baggage, Cargo, and Carry-on Baggage provided all regulations are met.
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    ac1135 Pet Airline Travel Regulations - The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) allows each airline to decide if they will allow you to travel with your pet in the passenger cabin.
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    ac1135 Pet Air Travel Tips & Considerations - Airlines accept pets on a first come, first serve basis. Plan and reserve your pet's space in advance. Most airlines require pets to be at least 8 weeks old. Only pets in good health are permitted. Any pet in a kennel too small or in obvious distress due to illness or injury may be refused travel by the airline. Sedation is not advised since the effects of tranquilizers on animals at high altitudes are unpredictable. The decision to prescribe a tranquilizer for your pet should be made in consultation with your veterinarian.
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    ac1135 Pets Traveling as Carry-on in Passenger Cabin - If you have a small dog or normal-sized cat, you may be able to have your pet travel with you in the passenger cabin if your pet can fit comfortably into a carry-on luggage pet carrier. Airlines generally will accept animals as either Baggage, Cargo, and Carry-on Baggage provided all regulations are met - but carry-on pet traveling is the preferred and safest choice.
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    ac1135 Pets Traveling as Baggage - While we do not recommend that you take your animal on a plane (except as pet carry-on baggage), we know that sometimes you may not have a choice. The pet's size and weight determine the associated costs and area in which they will be placed: pets under 10 pounds can travel in the cabin (the carrier must fit under the seat), while larger pets travel in the cargo hold.
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    ac1135 Pets Traveling as Cargo - While we do not recommend that you take your animal on a plane (except as pet carry-on baggage), we know that sometimes you may not have a choice. Unaccompanied pets will have to travel as airline cargo. Cargo is the most expensive choice for pet air travel, with rates averaging between $100-400
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    ac1135 Pet Travel Carriers - When selecting a pet carrier for cats and dogs you need to consider whether its primary use is for transporting your pet to the veterinary and other short distances in cars or if it will be used for airline travel.
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    ac1135 Pet Friendly Hotels and Lodging - The Westin, Sheraton and W hotels (part of Starwood Hotels & Resorts) introduced a "Love That Dog" program in 2002. The hotel chain commissioned a study to look at the habits of 400 dog owners and found that 76% said they would be more loyal to a hotel chain that accepted dogs, even when they weren't traveling with their pet. The study also revealed that a full 16% admitted to smuggling their dogs into hotels that did not allow pets.
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    ac1135 Pet Health Insurance  - Health care benefits aren't just for humans anymore. Many people are taking out veterinary pet insurance to ensure that their companion animals will be able to receive expensive veterinary treatments and surgeries if needed.
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    ac1135 Pet Travel Accessories - Pet product manufacturers are taking advantage of the surge in pet travel and have developed entire lines of pet travel products, from collapsible crates and wheeled pet carriers to disposable cat litter boxes, packable food bowls and water bowls guaranteed not to spill. You can now buy collapsible pet bowls, pet bicycle basket carriers, pet hammocks and even sunscreen for animals
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    ac1135 PET PASSPORTS

    Pet Immigration Forms, Import Applications and entry instructions for most countries
    Bi-Lingual EU form 998 and entry instructions for all EU countries.
    Forms are sent first class mail. If you want them sent to you by Email, after ordering send an email to

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    Immigration Form - Acclimation Certificate - Some Airlines require a Acclimation Certificate. To purchase an Acclimation Certificate

    Immigration Form - Deworming Certificate - England, Ireland, Sweden, and Guadeloupe require a Deworming Certificate

    ac1135 Hawaii Pet Information

    Hawaii is a rabies free state. Hawaii's quarantine law is designed to protect residents and pets from potentially serious health problems associated with the presence and spread of rabies. Success of the quarantine program is dependent on maintaining isolation of your pet from other animals for the required quarantine period

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    Classy Pet Travel Store - Travel aids for safe, convenient & fun travel with your Pet

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    Happy Traveler -
    Safely soothes & calms pets when they travel

    Hammock Style Seat Protector -
    Versatile cover protects the entire seat plus acts as a barrier to the front seat.

    Car Booster Seats -
    Several styles allow pet to travel in safety & be able to see out the window

    Hotel Door Hangers -
    Set of 3 styles for all hotel doors
    Lets staff know pet is in the room

    Traveling Pet Bowls -
    Set of 2 for food & water
    folds flat for packing

    ac1135 Caring for Pets When You Travel

    If you're a pet owner planning a business trip or vacation, the decision to take your pet along or leave him behind is an important one for both you and your companion. While it may be tempting to take your furry friend with you, keep in mind that some animals are not suited for travel because of temperament, illness, or physical impairment. If you have any doubts about whether it is appropriate for your pet to travel, talk to your Veterinarian

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    ac1135 Solving a problem.

    The good news is that your cat was small enough to fit under the seat on the airplane during your 3-hour flight.

    The bad news is that you missed the connecting flight and now you are stuck in the terminal for 3 hours and you know that your cat needs to go to the bathroom or at least certainly will before you reach your destination and get to a liter box.

    Here is a solution. Take along a folding box, about the size of a large shoebox, and several small bags of litter in zip lock bags and a tall plastic trash bag. (It's a good idea to put a small amount of liter out of her at home liter box so that he or she will recognize the smell.)

    Take your kitty into the restroom and set up his or her temporary liter box by placing the tall plastic trash bag over the box and filling it with the kitty litter.

    Chances are your cat will jump right in and take care of business.

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    ac1135 Pet Immigration & Quarantine Information

    The Internet's most complete source of information for traveling with your pet anywhere in the world by car, train or air. Immigration Information
    Country Information
    Rules for taking your pet to over 100 countries

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    ac1135 International Health Certificate

    Most countries including those of the European Union now have a veterinary certificate that is specific to their country.

    If there is not healthy certificate for the country you are visiting then you should use the International Health Certificate USDA-APHIS 7001 form. It is officially known as "United States Interstate and International Certificate of Health Examination for Small Animals.

    Some countries require that it be certified by the USDA - See USDA certification

    ac1135 Medical Documents & Suggestions - The first step on every trip with your pet is a visit to their Veterinarian for a check up.

    A serious problem when pets travel between cities and countries. Even though your pet may be heartworm free a mosquito bite can infect him. Precautionary measures are available, check with your Veterinarian.

    ac1135 MEDICAL CERTIFICATE: A International Veterinary Certificate of good health which includes a current shot record is a requirement if you are traveling between countries. Your Veterinarian can provide you with this form. In some cases it is advisable to have the form translated into the language of the country you are visiting. Some Countries require that this form be certified by the USDA.

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    Index of interesting articles about  Pet Travel from the PetRTravel Newsletters

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    ac1135 Airline Regulations

    Airline Pet Travel Regulations
    - Airline Pet Rules
    The Internet's most complete source of information for airline travel with your pet.

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    ac1135 Airline Pet Container Requirements - The rules regarding approved types of containers for cats, dogs, ferrets and birds flying in cabin and as cargo were created by IATA and for the most part have been accepted by the world's airlines.

    ac1135PETS IN CABIN
    On flights of less than 6 hours most airlines will allow pets to be taken with the passenger in the cabin (except travel to the UK). Generally speaking the airline will only allow one pet per passenger and a maximum of two pets per cabin. The container for the pet must fit under the seat in front of you and must have a waterproof bottom.

    The container for the pet must fit under the seat in front of you and must have a waterproof bottom. Carriers made by Sherpa Products and PetFlys are the only ones we are aware of that are accepted by most airlines.

    To view the requirements for individual airlines visit this page:

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    ac1135 Airline Temperature Restrictions - Temperature Restrictions For Pets In Cargo

    Temperature Restrictions have been established by the airlines to ensure animals are not exposed to extreme heat or cold in the animal holding areas, terminal facilities, when moving the animals between terminal and aircraft or on an aircraft awaiting departure.

    Heat Restriction: Pets cannot be accepted when the current or forecasted temperature is above 85 degrees Fahrenheit at any location on the itinerary (75 degrees for snub-nosed dogs and snub-nosed cats).

    Cold Restriction: Pets cannot be accepted when the ground temperature is below 45 degrees Fahrenheit at any location on the itinerary UNLESS the pet has a veterinarian's statement of low temperature acclimation.

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    Cars, Trains, Planes, Yachts, Ships & Public Transportation

    ac1135 Traveling Europe by Train - UNITED STATES
    Amtrak does not allow animals onboard their trains with the exception of service animals.

    Your pet can travel with you on most trains in Europe including France, Germany and Italy.

    England: Pets are accepted trains operated by National Rail. For other lines in the UK check with the Railway as some do not allow pets. For information on the trains operated by NATIONAL RAIL scroll to the bottom of the page.

    In most cases, small dogs travel free or at a minimal charge, and large dogs travel at half the 2nd class fare, even if traveling with passengers in 1st class; this charge is payable directly to the conductor.

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    ac1135 Euro Tunnel & Channel Ferries - Taking Your Dog or Cat in the Euro-Tunnel or on the Ferry Between France, Belgium, Spain and the UK

    There is a fee for your pet of approximately 46 Euros. For additional information visit:

    P & O Ferries charge 15 Pounds each way except that pets are not allowed on the ferry between Portsmouth & Bilbao. Pets must remain in the vehicle during the crossing. Owners do not have access to their pets during the crossing.

    Hoverspeed charges 18 Pounds each way. Pets must remain in the vehicle during the crossing. Owners do not have access to their pets during the crossing. Pets must be secured in a carrier during crossing.

    Brittany Ferries charges 20 Pounds each way. Pets must remain in the vehicle during the crossings - Owners may see their pets during the crossing, but must be accompanied by a member of staff.

    Stena Line charges 7 Pounds each way. You can choose for your pet to travel in your car or in a kennel aboard the ship. Guide dogs are allowed to travel on the passenger decks with their owners.

    P & O North Sea Ferries charge 15 pounds each way. Pets are accommodated in the on-board kennels. Owners may see their pets during the crossing.

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    ac1135 Traveling by Automobile - Traveling by Automobile with the Family Pet
    Tips on traveling by car on your next business trip or vacation.

    You know they want to go along, so why not take them?

    Before You Go:

    Make sure your pet is healthy. Check with your veterinarian and renew any shots that are due. Also, give your pet a treatment of flea and tick medication. There may be parasites where you are headed that are different from where you live. Some parts of the country, especially wooded areas, may be infested with fleas and ticks.

    Check your pet's supplies. Pack all of the necessary items in one small bag and keep it where you can get to it.

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    ac1135 Traveling on Public Transportation - PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

    see above

    United States
    Amtrak does not allow pets except for service animals at the present time.

    Service animals are allowed on all trains and buses by law.

    Sacramento - Small dogs in carriers are allowed on the buses and light rail. The carrier must fit on the person's lap.

    San Diego - Small dogs in enclosed carriers are allowed on the buses and light rail. You must be able to transport your dog and the carrier by yourself, and you need to hold the carrier on your lap. Noise or odor may give cause for refusal to transport the animal.

    San Francisco (Blue & Gold Fleet Ferry, 415-773-1188, Both small and medium to large dogs are allowed on the ferry. Pets must be leashed.

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    ac1135 Traveling Private Yacht - Traveling on Your Own Boat

    There are a number of immigration issues when taking a pet on a boat or yacht to various countries.

    If your cat or dog remains on the boat when you visit these countries then technically no paperwork is required. However some countries may not allow you to tie up at the dock for fear that the pet will somehow get ashore. This is rare but if it happens you will be asked to anchor out.

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    ac1135 Traveling on the Queen Mary 2  - The Queen Mary 2 operated by Cunard Lines is an approved carrier in connection with the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS) on our Transatlantic Crossings. Passage in the kennels is subject to size restrictions, availability and the requirements of the Pet Scheme. Pets are only accepted on Transatlantic crossings, but not on the first and last transatlantic crossing of the year.

    Cunard's "Pets on Deck" program, including adding a range of pet-friendly services and amenities such as fresh-baked biscuits at turn-down;a choice of beds and blankets; and even a QM2-logoed coat. As part of the enhanced program, traveling dogs and cats also receive a complimentary gift pack featuring a QM2-logoed coat, Frisbee, name tag, food dish and scoop; a complimentary portrait with pet owners; a crossing certificate and personalized cruise card.

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    ac1135 World's Largest Database

    SEARCH 34,652 Pet Friendly Accommodations, Hotels & Services. FREE Search by City, State, Region in over 150 Countries around the world.

      ac1135 International Travelers

      CLICK HERE ( for the rules on taking your pet to over a 100 Countries to avoid quarantine with the required Health Certificates. Learn about micro chipping. CLICK HERE for rules and information on airline travel, cruise ships, trains, ferries, public transportation. Guides for traveling with your pet in the car.

      ac1135 Pet Travel Books from Bullwinkle.com

      purrfecthousesmallPurr-fect Places to Stay: Bed & Breakfasts, Country Inns, and Hotels with Resident Cats
      CATsumer Report, November/December 1998 by Judi Becker
      "...PURR-FECT PLACES TO STAY is filled with lots of wonderful color photos of the lodgings and the cats that live there. I also like the slick, glossy pages, and the general happy tone of the book...This book is a treasure!"



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