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Important Rules For Transporting Pets - Personal Experience

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No need to fear the difficulties of transporting animals, you must prepare in advance. Long moves are rarely spontaneous. To make both you and your pets relatively comfortable on the trip (not as at home, of course), you need to buy everything you need, learn the ins and outs, train the animals, be prepared to devote most of your time to them. There aren't many things to do on the train, though. In this article I will tell you about my experience of moving with a cat and a dog from the Far East to Kuban.

Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
Important rules of pets transportation - personal experience

Preparing documents for the trip with pets

First we must decide what kind of transportation the pets will go. The fastest in our case is the plane. One change in Moscow. Cats and small dogs are transported in the cabin in a special container/bag. It is not certain that the flight you choose won't take another 5 people with dogs and kittens, then the quota is not enough for all. Dogs over 8 kg, except for service and guide dogs, must fly in cage/container in heated luggage compartment (if the plane has one). There is a quota there as well.

Pets must have a veterinary passport, vaccinations are done no later than 30 days before travel. In addition, a veterinary certificate valid for 5 days will be issued. Before boarding the plane, the animal shall be examined by a doctor. Here you should also be prepared for all sorts of surprises.

The very thought that our dog would be in a closed container away from us for almost 10 hours of registration, boarding, flight, I was horrified. Better by train.

Take 8 days by train with two changes. For the carriage of a large dog (ours is 27 kg) is required to buy a whole compartment. Well, okay, but we will go all their own - me, husband, dog and cat.

The documents for the animals on the railroad are the same as for the plane: veterinary passport with specified vaccinations (not later than 30 days before departure), veterinary certificate written one day before departure, but here it is valid for the whole period of transit. The cat - a basket/carry bag.

Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
The very thought of our dog being in an enclosed container away from us for almost 10 hours of flight terrified me. © united

Practical preparation of the animals for the trip

As we lived in a semi-detached house with its own plot, our pets are used to the freedom of movement and a large independence.

The cat in its 10 years of life in the family went to the toilet only in the first year, as a small kitten, and then climbed somewhere under the bushes. The dog (5 years) was accustomed to the collar since childhood, but never went on a leash, the need for such a thing was not. My mother's genes of East Siberian husky did not tolerate the restrictions of freedom. He learned to dig holes under the fence just from her and walked independently in all neighborhoods. Overnight, however, always at home. And never went anywhere.

So we had to do a lot of preparatory work: to accustom him to the leash, to public transportation, to the muzzle; the cat - to train in the carrier. While the house was being sold - more than a year, we were training.

Walking on a leash began daily. The dog very quickly understood and felt the need to walk side by side, not pulling or tangling. The station was one kilometer away from us, on weekends we went there to meet and see off the trains, and in two months he was walking relatively calmly along the moving train. There were occasions when bored conductresses, being pleased with a beautiful dog, allowed us to go up into the vestibule. The first time I dragged him there in my arms, and he climbed back down the steps by himself. The next time he jumped in by himself.

It's the same with the buses: at first we just came and stood at the stop. Then, early in the morning, when there were almost no passengers, I dragged him onto the bus, we drove two stops, and came home on foot. From the next week we began to go a couple of stops regularly, and then beyond.

With a muzzle turned out badly: as soon as I turned away, the dog began to pull it off. Sometimes successfully. We tried several muzzles and settled on the soft one, he tolerated it the longest. In the process of getting used to public transportation went to the vet clinic and did all the necessary vaccinations.

With a cat, of course, is easier - put him in a carrier, closed, and she did not go anywhere. But with her we have also several times on public transport.

When we took train tickets, we tried to choose the compartment nearest to the exit in order to walk with the dog more often and for longer.

Treat animals against fleas, worms a week before the trip. The day before our departure we went to the veterinary clinic, and one veterinary certificate was written out for both of them. In the evening they both washed and dried with hair dryer.

Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
Our cat in its 10 years of life in our family went to the litter box only in the first year. © Nikolina Tatiana
Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
Our dog before this trip knew no leash and never went anywhere. © Nikolina Tatiana

What do we take for pets on the road?

For the kitty:

  • carrier, in it we put  and fix a waterproof diaper;
  • tray and litter filler;
  • familiar bedding, which will remind the kitty of home;
  • food and a favorite bowl (we took a drinking bowl for the cat and dog together, they didn't complain);
  • medicines - soothing drops.

For the dog:

  • lead;
  • muzzle;
  • loved bedding - mat;
  • food and favorite water bowl;
  • drinker;
  • madication - calming drops.

As our animals are very hairy, we took a sticky roller to gather the hair from all surfaces. It was very useful - in the background of stress the hair fell out rather badly.

How did our animals feel on the road

We drove from the Far East at the end of October. It was about 0 degrees during the day, but at night it was freezing. And the cat and the dog had already prepared for winter, grew warm and soft coats. The cat has examined and sniffed everything in the first train and settled down on entresol. © Nikolina Tatiana

Boarding the first train

While we were getting on the carriage, while we were accommodated, while the conductor was checking the tickets, the cat was in the basket-carrier, meowing softly sometimes. From time to time we had to open it and pet it so it wasn't so scared. The dog at first we could not get into the cramped compartment: the dog took more than half of the aisle when lying down, and jumped on the lower shelf so shy.

After checking the tickets, we closed the compartment, let the cat out, took off the dog collar and muzzle. Almost immediately there was a smell - animals in a state of stress smell strong and not so pleasant. Ventilation, of course, worked, but did not help much. We had to give both of them sedative drops.

The cat looked around, sniffed everything, and settled on the mezzanine. The dog was given a mat on the bottom shelf and persuaded to climb in. We opened the door a little to get some air.

7 hours till Khabarovsk we were relatively calm, the cat sat quietly on the top, the dog was walked at every stop, more than 5 minutes. During this time, most of the passengers of the car looked at the dog, and the bravest even petted it. Relationships were established and the muzzle was only worn "out". The animals didn't eat, the dog drank water.

In Khabarovsk between trains we had 4 hours, we were walking around the area and almost lost the cat. I felt sorry for her, she didn't eat, drink or go to the bathroom, she was lethargic and looked very unhappy. So I let her out on the lawn. The previously lethargic cat with an inconceivable speed ran into the bushes.

We chased her about half an hour, until she flew into the parking lot and began hiding under the cars. To catch her, joined the cab drivers who were there, and the hunt has turned into a roundup. In the end, I pulled her out from under the car by the paw and carried her in my arms for another hour, calming her down. My husband and dog were walking beside me and calmed me down.

Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
Our tired animals after several days journey.
Tatyana Nikolina

Transfer to another train

The second train Khabarovsk-Irkutsk we have settled in without excesses, and we went without any adventures. On the second day the dog got accustomed to the place, ate normally, walked with pleasure, jumped in the carriage and jumped out from there. Passengers and conductors treated the animals very kindly. However, our animals did not cause any discomfort to anybody: the dog did not bark even once, the cat did not make any loud noises either.

But at first the cat was bad, it did not eat anything and did not go to the toilet for 24 hours, despite the massage of the tummy. Only on the third day of our trip she meowd weakly and touched the nearby litter box with her paw. Together with the cat and the litter box we ran to the bathroom. That's when the first results came. Later she went to the litter box without any problems.

After that, the cat livened up, began to eat, drink and climb around the compartment. Several times she even tried to go into the corridor, compartment door was open because of the heat in the car. Average temperature was +25 °С, conductors didn't lower it because of children and grandmothers in the car. And our shaggy dog was uncomfortable in such degrees, and he mostly lay on the floor, with his face in the corridor. Every 3-4 hours we had to warm ourselves up and go for a walk with the dog.

The temperature in Eastern Siberia was on average -15°C. On the third day in Irkutsk it was already -21 °С and there was snow.

Important rules for transporting pets - personal experience
Walking with dog during train stop. © Nikolina Tatiana

Second change

In Irkutsk we had 4 more hours between trains. My husband and I took turns walking the dog around the neighborhood. It's cold! We expected our clothes to be at least -10°C. The cat was constantly sitting in the waiting room, then in the carrier, then in my arms.

When boarding the train, we had some friction with the conductor about the deadline for the veterinary certificate (4 days ago). We had to deal with it at the level of a senior conductor. In the cold. But everything was resolved, since we had transit tickets. And in the veterinary certificate indicated the route.

In the new compartment animals got accustomed quickly, the cat settled down to sleep on blankets in the mezzanine, the dog climbed on the rug on the bottom shelf - all frozen went to warm up and sleep. From Irkutsk to the Urals it was still cold, -20 °Ñ ... 15 °Ñ ... -10 °Ñ.

By the end of the second day we reached Kazakhstan and crossed Kazakhstan with stops only at the border, where it was impossible to go out. We had not allowed to go out for 7 hours. The dog got seasick right there. The dog ran to the tambour door, I thought he was hot and opened the door to the tambour. In general, I had to clean up a lot. Good thing it was very early in the morning, no one was walking through the cars. The dog felt very guilty, although I certainly did not scold him.

The Southern Urals greeted us with good weather with already plus temperature and no snow. We had 20-minute stops every 4-5 hours, we walked the dog every time. Though, of course, it was hard to walk it. There are no paddocks at the stations. Most stations are fenced, so either you walk between the tracks, or go out to the station square, and then - in line and through the frame. It takes 20 minutes for everything. It's easier at the small stations, but the train doesn't stay there for long. In general, another extreme.

Passengers and passengers with our animals made friends quickly, came one by one and in groups to stroke the dog. On the second day the cat got the hang of it, so that he walked around the wagon, the passengers lured him into their compartments. Go out in the vestibule afraid.

Dog on walks happy green grass, but the cat these joys were not available. I think if you walk the cat on a harness, you can do it only at long stops, and even then it will be a big stress for her - cats like the familiar.

On the whole, our animals were very good during the 8-day trip. Though the trip was hard for them - it is visible on the appearance: they have lost weight, their fur has grown a little, and they looked tired.

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