Complete Guide To Taking Your Cat Abroad


Cats / Thursday, August 30th, 2018

cat in a basketWhether you are moving to the sunny states or you just can’t bear to leave your kitty at home for a week, it’s important to do your research before jumping on a plane with kittens in arms. It can be overwhelming to know where to start when planning a trip abroad with your precious cat, so we’ve made it easier for you.

Organize The Essentials

Now, this isn’t about packing your kitty’s favorite toys and treats. This is ensuring that you are planning ahead to avoid little kittens being trapped in quarantine or other legal drama that can be avoided. Plan months ahead as there is a 21-day (no travel abroad) gap for the vaccinations alone.

  • Firstly, you’ll need to ensure that your furball is allowed to travel with
  • Secondly, cats must be microchipped (with up to date details).
  • Thirdly, a trip to the vet is vital for vaccinations, tapeworm treatments and proof she is healthy to fly.
  • Fourthly and most importantly, like humans, pets need passports too!

For more details, gov.uk has all the relevant information that’ll get you and mittens off on your new adventure together.

Be Prepared For The Extra Charges And Hidden Costs

Just like a typical trip to the airport, before you can fly your baggage will need to be weighed, as will kitten’s carry case. The price will also vary depending on how heavy or light your kitty is and just how far you both intend to fly. It’s best to pack light but always save some extra cash just in case.

It’s worth noting that if you plan to travel by car or ferry, there may also be costs for the Eurotunnel, barriers and general insurance.

Consider The Temperature

Regardless of how you travel, it’s likely that your kitty will be placed in a special animal hold. Though many of these are suited to keep all furry friends comfortable, some things like the heat can certainly cause some upset for your furry friend.

It’s a good idea to consider traveling overnight in heatwaves and if it’s a particularly harsh winter, there’s no harm in giving your kittie a cute little festive jumper.

Avoid Leaving With Extra Pets

It would be a dream to be able to come home with a whole family of dogs, cats, and ferrets but unfortunately, these aren’t the pets to be concerned about. As with leaving your kitty in a cattery, you need to consider parasites being spread, so you need to ensure that de-flea is up to date.

Keep Calm And Carry On

If you have travel anxiety, remember that your cat may have it worse as she won’t understand the situation. While the staff in the animal hold will do their best to keep your kitty hydrated and fed, they simply aren’t able to just sit and cuddle your pet for the duration of the journey; no matter how much they want too.

Thankfully, there are options like tablets to help with anxiety as well as oils, spot on treatments and sprays. Though you can always try lending your kitty a shirt that smells of you or their absolute favorite toy.

Before you know it, you and your furry friend will be sipping ice cold milk and nibbling on fresh rotary chicken in the sun. With no care in the world, other than, where to next?

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