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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 11:30 AM Thread Starter
 
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Moving to Mexico

Ok so my parents told me that we are moving to Mexico next year. I have already told my parents that the cat is going with us. I would like to know what are the requirements for taking a cat out of the USA and into Mexico. How do you travel with them such a long distance? What to do along the way? What to take? I was planing on microchiping her and putting on her ID tag. Anything else that might be helpful.

I know its next year but I would like to have everything set up so when we do move.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 01:23 PM
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Here's some info that might be helpful:

http://www.bajabound.com/before/permits/pettravel/


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It's actually easier crossing the border to another country than if I wanted to take my kitties to Arizona. I would have to have all their medical records to show up-to-date rabies shots (which I don't give my cats!).

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
 
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Do you think the vet will be able to give me more information about what I need to get her across? (also for the dog)
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When my step daughter brought her cats from Korea to the states the vet helped out alot. Your vet will hopefully be able to help you also.

Are you excited about moving to Mexico?


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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-15-2007, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
 
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Are you excited about moving to Mexico?
Mixed feelings! I considered myself Mexican but I grew up in the USA and I kind of want to go see my family but I kind of don't want to go and live there. I might just go to college over there and get a visa and live over here. Don't know yet...
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I have actually done this, so I can help.

Document wise, you need a current rabies certificate and a regular interstate health certificate within 10 days of travel. In my experience however, they never ask for these papers at the border. I have been back and forth between Texas and Mexico with my pets dozens of time and have never had to present paperwork, but I always had it just in case.

As for how to make the trip, it was a 24 -32 hour drive for me each time, so I set up my dogs wire crate in the back seat with a litter box, food water and a comfy bed. The cats were contained but had room to move around and plenty of ventilation. The dog rode in the front seat with her seat belt. My cats were upset for the first hour of so, but calmed down and rode nicely afterwards. Thinking back, I wish I had taken them for short rides in the car in the big cage before the first big move. I don't recommend sedation for long car rides as you will be, most likely, hundreds of miles from veterinary care should something go wrong, and the risk of dehydration is already great on a long car ride with cats.

I lived in Mexico for two years so I would be happy to share any of my experiences with you if you like.

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Thank you Kobster! I would really appreciate it. I was born in Mexico and came her when I was 6 but its hard remembering things. Is the same needed for dogs?
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