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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 01:05 PM Thread Starter
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Moving from the UK to the US

Hi - Newbie here.

I have done a search and seen the posts on Moving to China and the request for a Travel section, so I will have a look on the US Embassy's website.

I just wondered if anyone had actually moved with their cat to the US and what the rules/regs were and what the quarantine rules are. What were your experiences ?

Thanks in advance.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 01:24 PM
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I moved with my 6 year old from France to the US and spoke to both a US relocation specialist and my French vet before I did so. We took her in the cabin with us as she is a highly strung cat and I was concerned about her being in cargo. We bought an airline-approved carrier (semi-soft sided) but with padded foam which does not collapse in on the cat (Sherpa Deluxe if I remember correctly).

There was no quarrantine for the cat at all entering the US from France but her shots had to be up to date (esp rabies), and she needed to have a current health certificate from the vet dated in the previous few days before we flew (absolute maximum 7 days but they prefer more current - ie 2 days before flight) which basically stated that she was healthy and had no infections, diseases etc.

We flew in and did not even have any trouble taking her through customs - she did not have to be examined by a vet on landing as the flight was short enough. We took her straight home only stopping to pick up litter and litter box (took a sealed packet of her current catfood with us on the plane - I would advise this as a transition for you too as what you are feeding her may not be available in the US - unless it is Iams, Hills Science Diet etc). Once you get here you will be thrilled with all the high quality holistic pet food (especially canned) that I have not seen in any of the other countries I've been to, and which makes Iams etc look like junk food (in South Africa Iams is only available from vets, and not in supermarkets and is considered 'premium').

We gave our cat a calmative but perhaps underdosed (obtained from vet who said no side effects and safe), as she was ver vocal and anxious throughout flight and tried to bite and claw her way out the carrier. Poor fellow passengers - at least it was a day flight.

Lots of luck with move.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 01:38 PM
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Also forgot to mention - ask your vet when you should take away you cats' food and water before the flight - you don't want your cat to be in discomfort wanting to go to the toilet and not being able to due to flight, going through customs, getting rental car, stopping for litter, and finally arriving at destination - I felt so bad for my precious cat going through that with us, not to mention the stress and anxiety at all the changes. But she did just fine. If you can find a sealed temporary disposable litterbox prepacked with litter buy it and take with you so you don't have to stop and buy any. I looked in France without success but they have them here in the US. If Feliway is available in UK (pheromone spray), buy it to put in cat carrier to calm cat (stacks of posts on Feliway in this forum).
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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 02:02 PM
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You need a Pet Passport, from your vet. I would contact DEFRA, the UK regulating body to find out the regulations for the place you are moving to and whether you need to know anything special.

The procedure usually goes as follows here in the UK (I have sorted out a LOT of UK Pet Passports!), and I think the US in included in the scheme.

1) Your cat(s) must be microchipped & vaccinated for Rabies, as well as be up to date on booster vaccinations.. (UK pets are usually not vaccinated against rabies - the UK is rabies free!)

2) 4 weeks after the Rabies vaccination, your cat(s) goes back to the vet for a blood sample and microchip reading. The sample is sent off to an external lab to test for Rabies antibodies, and the microchip number is double checked and verified.

3) Once the blood test comes back with required antibodies, you are issued a Pet Passport Certificate. You can leave the UK to any of the countries on DEFRA's website. HOWEVER - you cannot return to the UK until 6 months after the Passport was issued, and the cat(s) must recieve yearly Rabies boosters and worming before coming back.

Contact your vet to sort out an appointment for the vaccs/chip.

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-24-2005, 03:38 PM
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I wish every country had pet passports - that would be soooo nice... *sigh*
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