Post # 1
Fiance and I will be moving to the UK after our wedding in September.
I am taking my cat into the vet today for his rabies shot and to discuss all that is needed to ensure he won’t need to be quarantined in the UK when we arrive.
Has anyone ever moved a to the UK (or other island nation) with a pet before?
What was the process like? Anything specific I need to be aware of/ask my vet tonight?
I know for transport into the UK my cat has to fly cargo even though he can fit under the seat in front of me due to quarantine/immigration rules. Any thoughts on preparing him for that part of the journey?
He’s never been on a plane, but is very good on long car rides in his carrier (as long as 12 hours straight) but he has us in sight the whole time.
Post # 3
Aw. Poor kitty but so excited for you that plans are in motion!!!
My ILs drove with two older kittes almost 2 hours from NY State to GA and the local head of the SPCA told them of this “perfume” product that you spray that puts them at complete calm. It worked like a charm! Those two are usually very whiny kitties. If your kitty is going in the underbelly I know there’s a pill they can give you for having them take a long nap?
Have you checked the regulations from the UK and USA side?
This site has some great info!
Post # 4
@Gerbera: Thanks for the link! I can’t view it at work but will be sure to look when I get home.
The vet said he’s already had two “patients” move to the UK this year so he’s pretty up to speed on all that’s needed.
I worry about sedating my cat because sedatives can work differently at altitude then they do on the ground. I will talk to my vet about that as well though.
Post # 5
I’m going through the same process right now, except with Hawaii. I’m thinking of hiring a “pet moving” company to help me out with the little details, because there sure are a lot of them! Plus I like their guarantee that if something goes wrong on their end and my dog ends up in quarantine, they’ll take care of all of the additional fees 🙂
I have heard though that you shouldn’t do anything to sedate your pet if they’re flying cargo mainly because if they have any kind of bad side effects to the medication, no one will know until the plane lands.
Post # 6
If you are worried about flying, you could look at taking the Queen Mary 2 to England. They have a special kennel area for pets (it’s limited space), and you can visit with them during your trip.
Post # 7
@KatNYC2011: Whereabouts in the UK are you moving to?
Post # 8
@snoie: We were looking into Cunard cruise lines as a honeymoon/move to the UK but it seemed a little silly.
@CatyLady: We will be moving to London. Fiance got an awesome new job there.
Post # 9
@KatNYC2011: I don’t have any advice about moving cats to the UK but we just moved to London in January so send me a pm if you need help with anything else London related! Do you know where in London you’ll be living?? Oh and our wedding is 9/24 too lol!