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Cat Flew 100,000 Kms On British Airways In 10 Days  
User currently offlineBobcat From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 1 week ago) and read 3113 times:

Since my user name is "bobcat" I guess it's up to me
to post this story about this cat... 100,000 kms on BA,
at least the cat has good taste... proving once again that
not only is BA the world's favorite airline, it is also preferred by cats!!!  Big grin

AP News
The cat came back -- finally
Fri Jul 19, 3:11 AM ET

LONDON (Reuters) - A British couple are laying claim to the best-travelled pet in the world after their cat hid in the hold of a passenger jet and clocked up 63,000 miles (100,000 km).

Newspapers reported on Friday that "Ozzy" was loaded on to a British Airways flight from Qatar to London in a plastic cage, but escaped and hid in the hold, where he huddled for ten days and ten return flights.

The feline flyer's owners Jonathan Boyd and Katie Deacon gave up their pet for lost, but were shocked when British Airways staff contacted them to say he was found safe but scared, thin and hungry.

Globe-trotting Ozzy had made the 3,150-mile (5,000-km) seven-hour trip to Qatar and back 10 times.

"We had given up hope of ever seeing him again," Boyd told the Sun Newspaper.

"He must have used up at least two of his nine lives. We are so relieved he is safe and well," he said.

The Sun said the cat was being nursed back to health while serving his six-month's quarantine.


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User currently offlineZizou From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 1536 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (13 years 1 week ago) and read 3090 times:

Maybe the cat will have its own frequent flyer account now. All those points....!  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offlineHkgspotter1 From Hong Kong, joined Nov 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (13 years 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3080 times:

I love cats and thats a great story. I just wish they put better locks on the cages !!

User currently offlineRickB From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (13 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2993 times:

I think its great the cat was found alive and well (yeah I love cats too) but that must of meant that they kept the hold heating on during all of those flights as I can't imagine the cat would of been okay in an unheated hold during all those flights.

Did BA know the cat was still in the hold somewhere ??


User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (13 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2988 times:

Actually people often have misconceptions of hold temperatures in flight. For pressurized, containerized aircraft the hold temp is generally between 5 and 15 degrees c. which is fine for a dog or cat. The primary concern would therefore be ventilation, not temperature. For example on the 777 we have the option to keep both holds at a range between 5-20 degrees c. I believe. If we forget to inform the crew of perishable products they may arrive in bad condition because of the heat inflight.

User currently offlineBen88 From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 1093 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (13 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2981 times:

Also, a few years back on arrival of our 747-400 flight from Tahiti we found a guy tucked away in the gear bay. It is much colder in there than it is in the cargo hold. He was cold but alive. Pretty damn incredible.

User currently offline707cmf From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 27
Reply 6, posted (13 years 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2969 times:

Not as lucky was this guy who was found dead yesterday morning in CDG, also in a gear bay. The plane came from Rio de Janeiro, no way anybody could survive such a long haul flight in a gear bay  Sad

About the cat, hasn't the quarantine policy been dropped last year in the UK ?

User currently offlineRickB From United Kingdom, joined May 2003, 243 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (13 years 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 2951 times:

707cmf - no the quarantine policy hasn't been dropped, the UK has now introduced a passport for pets scheme however, some animals (mostly cats and dogs) can now fly to a number of countries and return, however it still requires a certificate of health to be provided by a vet prior to return.

The countries that its now legal to take pets too are those that have little or no risk of rabies. Unfortunately, that rules the continental US out because rabies is quite common in some species out in the sticks - which is a shame because I wanted to bring an abandoned kitten back from the US with me earlier in the year!!


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