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  1. DEFRA’s regulations clearly state no pets are allowed to travel in the cabin on any flights departing or arriving in the U.K. (The only exception being assistance dogs.) The Thomas Cook cabin policy can only apply to routes outside the U.K.

    Whilst I think my cats found air-travel a lot less stressful than car travel, I wouldn’t take them with me on short holidays. Uprooting them from familiar surroundings for the sake of a couple of weeks, isn’t worth the upheaval for them. (Unless of course you have a super confident cat who takes everything in their stride.)

    I’m not surprised to learn that most of the pets taken on holidays abroad are dogs. (They tend to cope much better with change than cats.) Given that Spain, France and Germany are the most popular destintions and the cost of pet air-travel in cargo, I imagine they’re travelling via Eurotunnel or the ferry before driving on to their destination.

    I just wish the pet Customs checks at those ports were as strict as the airport Customs for pets entering the U.K. European ‘designer’ puppy mills get dodgy vets to provide passports for animals which don’t fully meet the requirements of the travel scheme. The ferry and Eurotunnel ports probably see many more pets than U.K. airports. So I can’t imagine them imposing the 2 hour processing hold that Sophie underwent when she arrived at Heathrow.

  2. I seriously doubt if pets need the “travel experience”. It shows how much people are humanizing domestic animals.

    I think about the ear pain I’ve experienced on flights, and would imagine that dogs and cats might feel the same thing.

    Consider the stress of traveling as a reality, in addition to the pleasures. I don’t think people take this into consideration.

    I had a friend who used to take her cat on camping trips. On one of these trips, the cat got chased up a tree by a large predator, who also injured the cat by grabbing her rear area. The cat had to be taken to a vet in the area, and fortunately healed up.

    I’m glad that I don’t travel, since the hardest part for me, is trusting anyone to take care of my cat, and that includes professional boarding.

    A fish or a turtle would be another story.

    • I am the same as you really. I have difficulty letting someone look after my cat. When people travel with their cats they do it for themselves and not the cat. It is a consequence of the different lifestyles of humans and cats. I said I liked the fact that pet passports were on the increase but on reflection I am not so sure. Is travelling with your cat better than putting her in a boarding cattery? I’d say it probably is. Boarding catteries are not entirely safe places.

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