Sorry so long......
Got home late last night. Anya was wonderful. Even yesterday. We were up and at the airport at 4:30 am eastern time, our flight was delayed due to weather so when we finally got to Atlanta for our connecting flight it had left without us. They couldn't book us on another flight for 9 HOURS
. So we spent a lot of time in the airport. Anya was an angel. She was even quiet and slept the whole time once we finally got on a plane back to LA. She was traveling for over 20 hours yesterday...
Once while we were in the airport I was on the phone with my mom telling her that Anya was being an angel and the woman seated across from me looked at me funny and started looking around and finally exclaimed to her husband, "Honey, there's a kitty in that bag!!!" She was a cat person (she had 4 at home) and spent the whole rest of their time seated with us watching and playing with Anya.
She's very happy to be home now. She came right in and went to the litter box (which the sweet little girl held the WHOLE time yesterday), scratched on her scratching post, had some dinner, climbed to the top of her bookcase and checked the place out, and then played with her Daddy until we all went to bed.
We discovered while we were gone that Anya does very well with other animals. She likes other kitties (my parents have 3, and Brian's have one). She just doesn't understand why other kitties don't always like her. The ones that hissed at her just make her look at them quizzically and kind of hurt. She never once puffed up or hissed at a cat.
She thought my parents dog was just a funny looking cat and probably played with him most of all. Spike is a tiny little sweet dog who is half Jack Russell and half Chihuahua. Brian's parents have a Dachsund that Anya HATED. He was way too barky for her. I have the deep scratch marks in my hand to prove it.
She spent most of that three days in our bedroom and bathroom by herself where it was less stressful.TIPS FOR FLYING WITH YOUR CAT
Okay here's what I learned:
1: ALWAYS pack a small ziploc baggy of food and a plastic dish you could put water in inside your carry on even if you don't think you'll need it. Flights get delayed. Anya enjoyed a meal of part of my chicken fingers and water from an empty fruit cup dish yesterday.
2: Going through security isn't that bad. But the scary part for kitty is often waiting for the carrier on the other side. The conveyor belt is NOISY. People slam things around. If you have the option step aside with kitty to a quieter area and let your travel partner collect the bags/shoes/coats or vice versa then do that.
3: Keep your coat or small blanket with you to throw over the carrier during stressful times like on the plane or high traffic areas of the airport (or shuttle to/from the airport). It makes it dark and warm inside the carrier and very condusive to naptime. But don't forget to leave an airhole!!
4: Don't forget a couple of small toys or balls inside the carrier will keep kitty from getting bored.
5: Pheromone spray doesn't seem to work in this case. And it makes the carrier smell funny. And it's expensive. Skip it.
6: Either Anya was just really good naturally, or the tryptophan drops helped. They're inexpensive so I would recommend giving them a try unless you're opposed to some of the ingredients. I found it's best to find a quiet corner and give them after check in but before security. (In case your bottle size is deemed inappropriate and confiscated. Ours was never even put into question until our last flight. We were hesitantly allowed to keep it.) These can be found for around $5 at almost any pet store.
Anybody who has questions or anything in relation in the future please feel free to PM me!