Moving cats to a new country
I'm hoping some readers can give some advice on this issue, particularly if they've moved cats into a totally new environment. I really want to do what is best for my cats. Apologies in advance for the long post.
The situation is I'm Australian but have been living in rural Malaysia for 3 years. I am planning to go home next year. I currently have 3 cats - Lily, who I adopted as a street cat and Archie, her son. Lily is about 8 and Archie is about 2. I also have Kiki, an abandoned kitten who moved into my house a few months ago. she's about 5 months. I live on a very quiet area and they have an idyllic life. They come and go as they please, hunt and play outside or sleep on the beds inside. They've never met a dog or had any real upset in their lives.
The options are to take them with me, or rehome them. I'm planning to rehome lily as I have a friend who will care for her. Her health is not great and she stresses a lot and gets sick if things aren't right. I'm worried she'll miss her son though, she still washes him. Rehoming the other 2 is not really an option. The place is awash with cats and no one would want them.
Taking them to Australia is relatively easy (just expensive). They only have to spend 10 days in quarantine. But I don't have a home to go to and will probably stay with a friend until I get set up, which could take a few months. But she lives in the city and has 3 friendly but bouncy dogs. I'm really worried my cats will absolutely hate it, and whatever I do, their idyllic life will be over. In addition, Archie is scared of people except me, although he's a very well balanced cat in other ways. I don't know if taking them is the right thing to do, or how to minimise the impact.
If anyone has any experience, tips or advice I'd be really grateful.