My main concern at the moment is that I'm not sure if Sooty or Smudge are drinking from the water container in their travel cage. I've kept them in there for about 12 hours at a time at this point (the journey will be about 36). They don't rush for their bottle as soon as I put them back in their cage, but I can't catch them actually drinking. They do manage to get hay, hair and even poopies in the bowl.
For food during the journey they'll get Oxbow pellets and hay cakes. They aren't huge fans of the hay cakes, but they do eat them.
I obviously can't take most of their things with me in my suitcase, so I'm getting lots of goodies from Jen's Custom Crafts that will greet me when I arrive. I still need to organise a cage and food.
- And got the T-shirt
Thirty-six hours sounds like a very long time. Will you be able to get them out and let them run around anytime during that period?
bpatters - 36 hours is actually a best-case scenario estimate involving about 2 hours layover in Sydney, 2 in LA and travel time to and from the airports. I'll probably spend most of that time changing terminals, I have no idea how I could go about giving the pigs a safe place to run around in. They have enough room in their case to pace around a bit, but during our 12 hour "practice" sessions they just flop and seem very chilled about the whole ordeal.
- Supporter in '14
You can still absolutely travel through the Pet Safe Program. They will feed your pet at layovers and all of that.
You need to call the following people and ask about the papers to travel on the plane and to get through US customs:
-The US Embassy
-US Fish and Wildlife
And then call your country's versions of those people to be sure that the pigs don't need papers to LEAVE your country.
You may get told that you need nothing, but you need to be absolutely sure that that's the truth.
A cooler won't be happening, sorry. The best you can do is tape a baggie of veggies on the side.
Feylin - I'm not sure why I'd need to contact the embassy, I was at the consulate this morning, and it's not the kind of place you go to ask questions.
The relevant links I could find are:
http://www.fws.gov/permits/faqs/FaqR.html Fish & Wildlife don't say anything about guinea pigs, but rabbits basically need to be notified about 48 hours in advance, and declared upon entry.
http://www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_pets.shtml USDA mentions that there are no animal health requirements for importing piggies.
I'm debating dropping by the vet tomorrow to get them looked over and chat about flying with pigs (she was also Casper's vet) to make sure everything will be in order for their pre-flight inspection.
I'd better get back to packing! Why do I own so much stuff?
I'm assuming you have but....
When I was researching I heard some pretty ugly things about them. They charge easily tripple what you would pay and charge for things that don't have a fee (like certain paperwork from countries). There were people complaining that they could not get any updates on their animals or that the animals were not fed or watered.
I'm really hoping that the stuff I found was just random people.