If you are not sure about the alphabet soup in this blog post title, it’s to help military families moving overseas. We have some advice based on our complicated experience. Stay tuned for more updates from the cats when we have our new house!
Anyway, after much weeping and gnashing of teeth among the ‘rents, we were booked on a United flight, operated by Lufthansa. Plan C resulted in a small fee to the 'rents (price difference between the tickets for passengers on United/LH compared with USAir/United). The website says that 2 of us could go in the cabin, but once Uncle Sam’s people booked the tickets, all of a sudden we had to go in cargo. Miraculously, the cargo fee is a steep $200 per cat in our small-ish carriers; those parents of ours must be nuts to pay so much for us to come along.
Our cat carry-on suitcase included disposable litter boxes, plastic zip-top bags of cat litter, zip lock bags of cat food, a small plastic collapsible bowl for water, and our favorite cat toys. Also, one special cat bed that we've had for a long time, so the first night in temporary lodging wouldn’t be too scary. Each of our carriers got a t-shirt in it that smelled like one of the ‘rents, along with puppy pee pads- good grief, can’t puppies learn to use the litter box like us? Just kidding.
We made it through the flight ok, and the ‘rents were waiting for us in Frankfurt at the “bulky baggage” pick up in the corner behind luggage carousel #1. We hollered when we saw them but then we settled down for the drive to Ramstein. We like it in our temporary quarters, and we’re eating, drinking water, and using the litter box ok.