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First Class

Nova plans ahead: “If they put me in the overhead luggage racks, I will wee”



At Christmas my girlfriend and I took our kitten Nova on the train for the first time – we thought it’d be easy. On the morning of the trip we headed to the vet for a calming pill. Sitting in the waiting room, I heard wailing noises erupt; Nova didn’t swallow the medicine and was as wound up as could be. We settled for a calming spray, applied it to her carrier, crossed our fingers and set off on our four-hour-long journey. The first train saw her crying and clawing and we anticipated hell but by Doncaster she’d calmed down. The magic potion? Feliway. (If only they made it for humans, one friend tweeted. It’s called gin, another replied.) Next year we’re celebrating in Sweden – how that will go only time will tell but I’ve learned my lesson – to plan ahead.

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