Earmuffs for cats?

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  1. LoLPilot

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    What the title says. I know that they make Mutt Muffs. Let's assume that there was a pilot who liked cats and had a cat. And for some reason unfathomable to anyone but him, he had a desire to take said cat flying (and not the kicking it off the bed kind of flying). Does anybody know of an equivalent Mutt Muff product for cats, that would allow said cat parent to retain the use of their limbs and extremities after putting the muffs on the cat?
     
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    I think the bigger issue is blackouts from blood loss after applying the Cat Muffs to Fluffy.

    Tim
     
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    @N1120A I believe has flown with (his) cat(s)
     
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    plastic bag and a zip tie? :eek:
     
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    Sure, knock yourself out getting a set of earmuffs on a cat. Good luck.
     
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    Non-serious response: Why protect the hearing of a cat? It's not like they listen to you anyway.

    But the mutt-muff design and some of the DIY versions should work. The key is repetition. The first few flights they'll get them off their head as quickly as possible. Then they will eventually realize the benefit.
     
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    Have to somehow make Kitty think it’s his idea to wear them.
     
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    My cat falls asleep as soon as we rotate.
     
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    Damn... not a lot of cat lovers on POA, eh?
    I don’t think ear muffs are the answer here. What about a thickly padded carrier that would suppress the noise (while hopefully still allowing Fluffy to breathe)?
     
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    Every cat I've ever ridden in an automobile need to be in a padded cage. A couple probably needed to be sedated as they didn't like the ride at all.

    I'm guessing that if you train them to ride as kittens they would tolerate the motion a little easier ...
     
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    In the 3000ish dogs and 500ish cats I flew, never did muffs on any of them. My opinion, save the blood loss.

    -Ted
    Who still has scars on his hands from cats and remembers the terrified look from the 7-11 cashier after he had been attacked by a cat
     
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    @N1120A your cat does sleep on the flights okay? Mine is okay on car rides. Actually he is great. He has had a couple of rough vet experiences so he fights a little bit going into his carrier but once he is in there he does okay. I usually put a blanket or a towel from his bed or my bed in the carrier and he passes out. Often times when I get him where I'm taking him he'll be asleep when I take his carrier out of my car. I wondered about trying to get another carrier and modify it with sound absorbing foam on the outside while leaving some air holes open.