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.
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.
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.
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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.
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:
- loved bedding - mat;
- food and favorite water bowl;
- 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.
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