I flew with Miya from Japan to the US. It was a chore, but we managed. Here is what I did:
- I stopped feeding her at 6pm the day before so she wouldn't have a messy accident.
- I taped a small dish to the unside of her soft-sided carry on for water. I cut a very small hole large enough to fit one finger through so I could pet her a little.
- The vet, who was excellent, actually did prescribe a tranquilizer for her. I don't think tranquilizers are as strong in Japan as they are in the US. I gave her 1/2 a pill at the airport (the doors go all the way to the floor, so there wasn't any need to be concerned abouther escaping).
- I gave her another 1/2 a pill at the stop over and cleaned her up. She didn't yowl until we landed in the States, and that was only because she was wet...
I was not able to bring her back to Japan with me because the trip was just too traumatizing to her. Even with the tranquilizer I had given her, she was fighting it trying to tell me that she did NOT want to go back on the plane. I'm not too sure about what to do about that.