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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-25-2013, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
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Traveling to China

**Sorry, long first post. But background info necessary **


Hi everyone! I'm hoping to get some inputs about air travel with my kitty Xéna. And any information about brining a cat into China in 'recent' years. (I did an extensive search on the forum, but nothing about China for several years. Since November 2012, there has been a major shift in policies, but anything since 2010 would be appreciated... )

A little background: Xéna is a beautiful female of.. uncertain origins. I rescued her in November when she was 4 months old. She's very very easy to scare, but is very fast to socialise with other humans and other cats (except men in uniform... she freaks out every time the cable guy, or maintenance comes into my place.) When the shelter found her, she was beaten severely, and whoever had her hands on her before had tried a 'home de-clawing'.

Assuming my next relocation was going to be Dubai, I took her in, but little did I know that I'd be going back to China... (Dubai pet importation being a lot easier...)

To prepare her for the travel, I bought her a soft sided pet carrier, and I got her to be comfortable with it (left it in a good location, and randomly inputting treats. She loves it enough to feel comfortable to sleep in it.) I've also gone on a few car rides with her, as to make her comfortable with car travel. She no longer freaks out with going 'outside' as long as she is in the carrier. My airline has already accepted that I take her in the cabin for the flight.

So my questions would be:
1. Has anyone ever travelled with a cat in-cabin for 14 hours? How did it go? Any tips and tricks?

2. Has anyone ever had to take a pet into China recently? How did it go? Without a pet relocation company? (From what I understand, the pet relocation is only good if you don't speak Chinese. I'm fluent so it's a non-issue.)

3. Has anyone ever had their cats quarantined for 30 days? What should I expect from this? I'm worried sick to leave her with complete strangers... Even though it is a qualified Pet Hospital where she will be quarantined. (No exceptions to this rule-- since November 2012 Canada has been declared as a non-rabies free country by China, and even with a certificate that Xéna has been vaccinated, he will be quarantined for the whole of 30 days )

Looking forward for any inputs or comments

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 04:19 AM
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Pet transport companies know all the rules and regulations, which ensures your pet is allowed into the country and not refused.

I've never travelled on a plane with a cat as that's not allowed over here. But had a cat travel 24 hours to get here and she was perfectly fine, as are the kittens I send around my country.

All cats and dogs have to do 30 days quarantine on entry here, my German import girl was just fine. I had friends visit her as the station is not in my state, and the staff are also great.

There are usually government websites with information and requirements
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
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Actually, the quarantine area does not allow visitors, which is an issue...

As for requirements to import my cat, it's a non-issue. But Chinese customs will be Chinese customs, anyone who's come in and out of China know what I mean... They may say basic fee's are 250 yuan + quarantine fee's (+- 1500 yuan) everywhere on the web, the fact is, how many people have been charged double or more? How many had to deal with officials who would simply give you no other choice? That's why I'm hoping to get in touch with someone who's had to import their pet... Pet relocation companies charge a minimum of 1200USD (That's without counting flights and any 'unforeseen situation') Where as doing it alone 'should' come around 500USD or less (including airfare for my cat)... See what I mean?
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-26-2013, 03:49 PM
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Have never known any transport company to charge so much, and importing breeding cats is commonly done here, along with flying kittens to other states. Along with knowing breeders around the world who import from other countries

Either way, an extra $700 wouldn't matter to me if it meant all would be done correctly
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