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Domestic Cat Travel Questions

Thursday, May 8, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Cari
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Cat
Pet Breed: Domestic
From: New Hampshire, USA
To: Florida, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My cat is traveling with me in the cabin. Do I need health certificate for this trip?

Thanks,

Cari

 

Hi Cari,

Yes, you will need a health certificate to show the airline that your cat is healthy and fit to fly. It should be issued by your vet within 10 days of your trip.

It's a good idea to have proof of updated rabies and any other basic health paperwork with you whenever you travel with a pet. Often you won't need to show it, but it's worth it to have just in case.

Please take a look at these frequently asked pet travel questions for more information, and just in case it's helpful, here are some ideas for how to crate train your cat. We know that not all felines are excited about traveling, so it never hurts to read over some basic advice about how to handle it smoothly.

Feel free to contact us or peruse our blog if you have more questions. Thanks for reaching out to us, and good luck with everything!
 

Five Pets Travel From Ireland to the United States!

Monday, May 5, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Fudge, Houston, Penny, Whitney and Zoey... We helped these five pets (three cats and two dogs) move from Ireland to the United States last month!

 

Ready to go, guys?

 

Over the weekend we were happy to receive an update via Facebook about this menagerie, and it sounds like they're all doing well in their new home.

Their owner writes: "Zoey is enjoying the sun in her new home. PetRelocation provided safe travels for her and our other 4 four-legged crew members from Ireland to Delaware in April (here's two of them chilling on the bed)."

 

Sun-Loving Zoey

 

Kitty Cuddles

 

Thanks to another great pet family for sharing an incredible experience with us! Have questions about moving your own pets? Please contact us to discuss your options.

Cat Travel to Romania

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 by Pet Travel Center Questions

Name: Gabriela
From: Sydney, Australia
To: Bucharest, Romania
Pets: Porto (cat, domestic short hair, 8 years, 8kg); Cody (cat, tabby cat, 7 years, 8 kg)

Dear PetRelocation,
 
I would like to know an estimated cost to relocate two cats to Romania and also would like to know if I am required to have any medical checks or tests for the cats.

Thanks,
Gabriela
 
Hi Gabriela,
 
Thank you for your question. For an idea of what to expect, please take a look at the pet import requirements for Romania. Pets moving to the EU need to have microchips, full vaccinations and the proper import paperwork, so you'll need to allow a few weeks of preparation time before you go.
 
We'd be happy to tell you more about the door-to-door services we provide, which entail pre-move guidance as well as delivery to and from the airport. Our costs usually begin at around $2500 USD for one small pet to move internationally, but with a few more details we'll be able to give you a more precise estimate. Please fill out our free quote form or give our office a call if you'd like to find out more.
 
If you're thinking of organizing the move yourself, we recommend IPATA.org as a great source for hiring local agents to assist with part of the process. Please take a look at this information and then lets us know if you have any further questions.
 
Thanks again for reaching out, and good luck with your upcoming cat move!

Peace Corps Adventures: Exporting a Cat from Cameroon

Friday, May 2, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Susan
Number of Pets: One
Pet Type: Cat
From: Cameroon, Africa
To: Tallahassee, Florida

 

Dear PetRelocation,

My daughter is in the Peace Corps and wants to bring home her new cat, as she is afraid for its safety. Please advise me if she can bring the cat home or not. Thank you so much -- it's hard to get an answer.

Sincerely,

Sue
 

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your question. We've helped a few pets move home from Peace Corps assignments -- we know that it's easy to fall in love with a pet friend made overseas! Here's a recent story in particular: Parasy's move from Madagascar.

We've also helped pets move from Africa and would be happy to assist you with the information you need. The good news is that's it's a pretty simple process to bring a pet into the United States -- cats just need a health certificate issued within 10 days of departure and proof they're up to date on rabies. It will probably be trickier to settle things on the Cameroon side; for example in addition to the paperwork your daughter will also need to acquire an airline-approved travel crate.

For more details, here's an overview of the US pet import rules and a few helpful tips for moving pets by air.

If you'd like further assistance arranging this move and are interested in our services, please contact us for a quote. Good luck with everything, and we hope to hear from you!

Pet Travel to and From Australia

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Kirsty
Number of Pets: 1
Pet Type: Dog
Pet Breed: Miniature Fox Terrier
From: Australia
To: Europe

 

Hi PetRelocation,

I want to move to Europe for 12 months, either to Italy, Hungary or London. I am hesitant, as I have to take my 2-year-old dog and possibly a 2-year-old cat (mostly about cost and coming back in to Australia).

Can you assist me?

Thanks,

Kirsty
 

Hi Kirsty,

Thanks for your question! It's possible to do what you're proposing, but it will take quite a bit of planning, time and money. We'll go over a few of the details to give you an idea of what to expect.

First, take a look at the pet import requirements for the UK and also for Australia (you can find a full list of country requirements here). Each time you cross into a new country you'll need to follow their particular rules, even if you used to live there and only left for a few months.

Australia is stricter than going to a European country, as Australia is rabies-free and requires a quarantine for entering pets. The process to plan a pet move to Australia generally lasts about 180 days, so you'd need to be aware of all the steps and start preparing for your trip back just a few months after you leave. If you decide to make this trip with your pets, we recommend researching the above information very carefully and then building a detailed timeline to follow.

If you think you'd like some help arranging all of this, feel free to contact us to find out more about our door-to-door services. Hiring help does add to the overall cost (for us, moving one small pet internationally generally begins at around $2500 USD -- here's why), so you may decide to handle the move yourself or find local agents to assist with part of the move.

Pet owners facing temporary moves often decide it's not worth the time, effort and expense to move their pets and instead opt to leave their furry friends with a trusted family member or friend. It can be a tough decision, but sometimes it's the right thing to do (especially for pets who aren't crate trained and/or who are especially nervous travelers). It's always a good idea to talk to your vet for further enlightenment or if you have any concerns. If you do decide to bring your pets with you, here are a few things to keep in mind that will help with making the trips as safe and smooth as possible.

Please let us know if you have any questions as you go forward, and good luck!

Amtrak Introduces Pilot Program for In-Cabin Pet Travel

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Answering the wishes of many pet owners who dream of more travel options for their four-legged companions, Amtrak will initiate a trial program next week that allows pets to travel in the cabins of select trains.

The program, which includes the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg trains between Chicago and Quincy, Ill., will run for six months beginning on May 5. If the test run is successful, pet travel options may be expanded nationwide.

Here are a few highlights of the Amtrak carry-on pet pilot program:

  • Passengers will pay $25 for each pet brought on board, and only dogs and cats are allowed.
  • Pets must be secured in travel carriers and stored under the seat (just like in the cabin of an airplane).
  • Pets and carriers should together weigh no more than 20 lbs.
  • Pets must be at least 8 weeks old and have proof of updated vaccines.
  • There will be no comfort breaks for pets on this four-and-a-half hour route.
  • Pets must be "odorless and harmless, not disruptive, and require no attention during travel."

 

Currently service animals are allowed to travel in Amtrak cabins, but this is the first time pets have been permitted to do so. Citizens and legislators around the country have been lobbying for Amtrak to allow pets on board for months, and now travelers will have a chance to prove that a program like this can be successful.

If Amtrak allowed pets on all trains, would you take advantage of that option? Let us know what you think, and stay tuned for more Amtrak pet updates as they develop.

 

Cat Travel Story: Danny is Home!

Thursday, May 1, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's a note from a client we recently assisted with a move from New York to Athens. Glad to see Danny is doing well!

 

Dear Keith,

Thank you so much (and PetRelocation) for taking care of everything that needed to be done to get Danny safely to his new home. After a long flight and a first afternoon filled with anxiety, he is settling in really well and is interested in all the new smells, sounds and even food!

Thank you,

Janet

 

 

Advice About Traveling With Older Dogs

Tuesday, April 29, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: James
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Dog and Cat
Pet Breed: Cocker Spaniel & Tabby
From: Ecuador
To: Alabama, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Is there an age limit for international travel? My dog is 10 years old.

Thanks,

James

 

Hi James,

Deciding whether or not to travel with older pets will be up to you and your vet. Airlines and countries do not impose a particular limit, but you will need to obtain the correct paperwork and a health certificate signed by your vet stating your dog is healthy and fit to fly.

We have discussed this issue on our blog before; here is more information about what to consider when traveling with older pets. It can often be done safely when the right precautions are taken, but it's also important to realize that some amount of risk is always involved. Again, talk it over with your vet and feel free to give our office a call if you'd like to speak to one of our Specialists. We have flown many older pets and would happy to discuss the situation with you.

If you decide to go, to come from Ecuador to the United States you'll also need proof that your pets are up to date on their rabies vaccines and they'll need airline-approved travel crates, as well. Here is an overview of pet import requirements for the United States.

Hope this helps! Just let us know if you have more questions, and good luck with everything.
 

Link Round-Up: Pets + Science + Fun + News

Friday, April 25, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Meet these amazing animals with bionic limbs.

Neurochemically speaking, do dogs and cats really love you?

Lucey is Iowa's Most Beautiful Bulldog.

LAX's dog greeter program has been keeping fliers calm for a year.

Want to protest the proposed Australia quarantine fee increase? Sign this petition!

Pet products successfully funded via Kickstarter.

Have two minutes to spare? Please take our summer pet travel survey!

 

 

Happy Friday!

Cat Move Check-In: Yumi and Miho in London!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

A few days ago we helped Miho and Yumi travel from New Jersey to London. (You may remember being introduced to them on our Facebook page.) Well now they're busy settling in and even sent us a photo update! Check it out below.

 

Here's what the (sleepy) cats' owner had to say:

"Here is a picture of our kitties in their new home! We all had some time to adapt and now everyone is doing fine, as you can see ;)"

Thanks to Miho, Yumi and their family for sharing their move with us. We wish them lots of luck over in London!

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Interested in door-to-door assistance with your upcoming pet move? Contact us for a free quote.

Planning Cat Travel to Florida

Monday, April 21, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Debby
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Yellow Tabbies
From: St. Martin
To: Florida, USA

 

Dear PetRelocation,

What does the state of Florida require to bring in to cats from St. Martin to live in Florida?

Thanks!

Debby

 

Hi Debby,

Thank you for contacting us with your question. Importing pets to the United States is pretty straightforward; the process just requires that you have proof of updated rabies vaccines and a vet health certificate. You can look over these rules in more detail here.

Once you're in Florida you'll need to keep up with your cats' vaccines. Here's an outlined suggested vaccine schedule from the Florida SPCA for more guidance.

Hopefully this helps to get you started! If you have more questions about cat travel or think you might like some help arranging the move, feel free to give our office a call or fill out our free quote form. Our door-to-door services aren't the best choice for everyone, but if you'd like to hear more about what we offer, we'd be happy to discuss your options with you.

Either way, good luck with your cats' relocation!



 

Pet News Round-Up: Tips for Easter Pet Safety & More

Friday, April 18, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

Our dogs, ourselves.

USA Today presents dog travel tips from author Kelly Carter.

The story of Dolli the cat's move to Japan.

Watch and play with your pet remotely with the successful Kickstarter project Petcube.

 Have you met the cutest baby and dog duo ever, Zoey and Jasper? Here's their Tumblr so you can catch up.

This Washington hotel is super pet friendly.

Can this man make his dog a Hollywood star?

From the archives: Tips for Easter pet travel.

Finally: Please take our pet travel survey!

 

two cats

Have a lounge-y weekend!

Planning Cat Travel to Hawaii

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Elizabeth
Number of Pets: 3
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Domestic Short Hair
From: New York
To: Hawaii

Hello,
Can you please tell me the requirements for moving my three cats from New York to Hawaii?

Thanks very much,
Elizabeth

 

Hi Elizabeth,

Thanks for your question, we'd be happy to help. Moving pets to Hawaii does require extra work compared to going to any other US state, so you'll want to go over everything carefully in advance to make sure your cats' move is a smooth one.

Here's a link to the official state of Hawaii website including frequently asked questions about pet entry and quarantine. If you carry out the steps correctly regarding timing of the rabies vaccines, etc., you should be able to avoid quarantine with the 5-day-or-less program.

In addition to following this information, you'll also want to book your cats' flight on a pet friendly airline and help them to feel as comfortable as possible in their travel crates. Here are some cat crate-training tips in case you want to know more.

If you think you'd like some assistance with your move, feel free to contact us. We've helped several cats move to Hawaii safely (including Mahalo) and would be happy to help you, too.

Either way, good luck with everything and enjoy Hawaii!

 

Pet News Round-Up: Are Pets Being Treated More Like Humans?

Friday, April 11, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

How to have a stress-free pet boarding experience.

General travel: All about Abu Dhabi.

Toby's mom draws a comic about his cat adventures, which now include his international move to London.

Author David Grimm discusses how pets are blurring the lines of personhood.

More general travel: Airlines received fewer complaints last year (but misplaced more bags).

What Dogster loves about positive dog training methods.

Read the story of three cats who moved to the UK.

Finally, meet Sam and Gretchen, the Weimaranars we featured as our Pet Move of the Month!

 

Happy Friday, pet lovers!

 

Summer Pet Travel: 2014 Airline Embargo Information

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by Caitlin Moore

puku the bulldogIt's that time again... As summer approaches many people start to plan their relocations, and it's important to be aware of temperature-based airline embargoes that may affect travel arrangements for pets.

Read on for an initial list of embargoes from major airlines. We'll be sure to keep you updated as changes are made and more restrictions are announced, so keep in touch if you have a pet move on the horizon.

United

  • ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs or their mixes unless under 6 months or under 20 lbs
  • May 15th – September 15th: No Pugs, Boston Terriers, French/American Bulldogs unless under 6 months old
  • September 16th – May 14th: Snub-nosed breeds are accepted if forecast temperature is 85 degrees or lower during departure/arrival times

KLM

ALWAYS: No English Bulldogs, French Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, or Pugs

British Airways

  • March 22nd – October 22nd: No pets in or out of PHX
  • June 1st – September 15th: No pets in or out of DFW, IAH, DEN or AUS
  • April 21st – October 21st: No pets in or out of LAS
  • ALWAYS: No Bulldogs, Pugs, or Pekinese, other snubs are acceptable if kennel is one size larger

Lufthansa

  • ALWAYS: No pets in or out of DTW if the temperature exceeds 80 degrees. Also, no Boston Terriers, Boxers, Brussels Griffin, Bulldogs (all breeds except American), Chow Chows, English Toy Spaniels, Japanese Chin, Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), or Shih Tzus unless under 80 degrees  
  • SUMMER: No pet imports into IAH (exports okay)

Delta

ALWAYS: 85 degrees maximum for all warm-blooded animals, except snub-nosed breeds. 75 degrees maximum for all snub-nosed breeds (Pit Bull, Staffordshire, Boston Terrier, Boxer, Brussels Griffin, Bulldog (all breeds), Chow Chow, English Toy Spaniel, Lhasa Apso, Japanese Boxer, Japanese Spaniel (Japanese Chin), Mastiff (all breeds), Pekinese, Pug (all breeds), Shar Pei, Shih-Tzu, Tibetan Spaniel, Burmese (cat), Exotic (cat), Himalayan (cat), and Persian (cat)

Air Canada

ALWAYS: Consult here and here to find out about the most current restrictions

Worried about summer embargoes getting in the way of your pet's move? Please contact us and we'll help you figure out the best and safest way to get your pet to your new home.

Cat Move Story: "Finally Resting in Their New Home!"

Thursday, April 10, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Name: Christine
Pets' Names: Toulah, Sheba and Tahra
From: Los Angeles, CA
To: London, UK
 

My recent move to the UK was made possible due to the dedication, professionalism and exceptional service that PetRelocation provided.

Although I had planned my trip many months earlier, I had an unexpected family emergency that precipitated my departure out of the US within a few hours. This, of course, gave me no time to make arrangements for my cats, household effects, etc., and so it was an extremely stressful time for me leaving the county without my beloved cats, Tahra, Sheba and Toulah.

 

 

Thankfully, this is where PetRelocation showed their “big guns.” Once I was able to gather my thoughts, I called Keith and told him my dilemma. I also discussed with him my anxiousness about not being there to take my cats for their final vet check prior to departure, as they were very nervous cats and I thought someone strange taking them would unsettle them more. No worries, he says, we’ll take care of everything, just tell me what day you want them to travel, and I’ll take care of everything else.

As promised, within a day or so, Keith had flights booked and made arrangements to have my cats picked up early in the morning (7:30 a.m.) for their vet visit and then boarded at a kennel during the day until it was time for them to be transported to LAX for the 8:30 p.m. flight. I must say, it all worked liked clockwork, and I was constantly being updated on the progress of my cats via text messages up until their departure. Of course, I was still a little worried about how they would fare with this extended travel time, as the early pickup time had now increased their travel time from around 17 hours to roughly 25 hours.

 

 

On my way to Heathrow to pick up my precious cargo, I was, to say the least, very nervous. As I arrived at the pet reception area at Heathrow, I was scared to even ask how my cats had fared on the long journey. I thought, so long as I don’t ask, I won’t be the beholder of bad news. However, I had nothing to worry about, as I received a call from Keith telling me that everything was fine with my cats and all their paperwork was processed and they were ready to come out any minute. I thought, How did he know that? Amazing. It was then that I knew everything was “just fine,” and I started to relax.

On finally seeing my cats, they were in fantastic shape, alert and content in their travel carriers. I could not believe how comfortable and relaxed they all were after such a grueling journey.

I just want to thank everyone at PetRelocation, especially Keith and also Scotty, who no longer works there, for their amazing knowledge in helping me through the maze of transporting pets to the UK. These guys were unbelievably patient with me, as I ask a lot of questions and need constant reassuring, but there were never too many questions for them.

 

 

If anyone wants to transport their pet to another country, I highly recommend PetRelocation. I would not use any other company for my precious cargo. Just an amazing company with amazing people...

Christine, UK

Planning Cat Travel to Italy

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Ray
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Russian Blue & Long Hair Tabby
From: Joshua, TX
To: Arona, Italy

 

Dear PetRelocation,

Can you provide me details for transporting my two cats? How does the process work to bring them to Italy?

Thanks,

Ray

 

Hi Ray,

Thank you for your question. You can start by taking a look at the pet import requirements for Italy to get an idea of what to expect. To summarize, going to an EU country means you'll need microchips, vaccines and the correct documentation for your cats.

We also recommend choosing a pet friendly airline, and your cats will need airline-approved travel crates that they're hopefully okay with spending time in (if you need some crate-training tips please take a look at our blog). It's important to start arranging your travel details a few weeks before your planned departure date.

Please let us know if you have further questions, and if you'd like to find out more about the door-to-door services we offer, you're welcome to fill out our quote form.

We look forward to hearing from you and wish you lots of luck with your move!
 

Pet Move Update: Toby has Landed in the UK!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

Here's an update about Toby, the cat we told you about a few days ago who is featured in his mom's comics. His move is complete and he's doing well!

Thank you guys again for all your help -- everything went great, and Toby is now a world traveler (talk about the REAL Adventures of Toby, ha ha).

Have attached a few pics -- the first one is of him when we first arrived (“No pics, Mom,” he says) and the second one is a pic of him enjoying watching the birds and cars go by in my friend’s flat yesterday.

Thanks again for everything!

Brooke & Toby

 

 

Cat Travel to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Monday, April 7, 2014 by Pet Travel Questions

Name: Stephanie
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cats
Pet Breed: Short-haired domestic
From: Houston, TX, USA
To: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

 

Hello,

We are planning a relocation around June 1, 2014, and we're interested in preliminary information about any critical steps we need to take to make the pet relocation happen (i.e. paperwork, vaccinations, etc.) and the timelines we must adhere to. Also, what can we anticipate the cost of relocation for two cats? Please advise.....

Thank you!
Stephanie

 

Hi Stephanie,

Thank you for reaching out to us. We have helped several pets move to and from Kuala Lumpur and would be happy to assist.

First, take a look at the pet import rules for Malaysia. As you can see, there are several steps that will need to be carried out carefully and in the correct order. Your cats will need to be microchipped if they're not already, that will need to be followed by rabies vaccines, and you'll need import permits (among other things). It's important to start the process as soon as you can.

It may also help to read a few of our customer stories for an idea of what it's really like: Here's the story of Archie's move to Kuala Lumpur and the story of Lucky and Ginger's trip, as well.

Please let us know what you think after digesting some of this information, and we'd be happy to tell you more about our services if you think you'd like some help. In general, the cost for us to move one small pet internationally begins at around $3000 USD, but we'd be happy to give you a more precise quote for your cats' move after hearing a few more details.

Either way, thanks again for contacting us and good luck with everything. We hope to hear from you soon!
 

Pet Move of the Month: Sam and Gretchen's Move to Saudi Arabia

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 by PetRelocation.com Customer

sam and gretchenThis month's featured pet move puts the spotlight on two Weimaraners, Sam and Gretchen, who moved from Texas to Saudi Arabia when the family relocated due to a work transfer.

It was the first big pet move for them, and so they decided to enlist our help to assist with a smooth transition.

Read on to find out more about dog life in Dammam, and join us in wishing these sweet pups all the best in their new home!

What were some of your initial concerns?

Our initial concerns were around the safety of our dogs from the time they left our house in Texas to Saudi Arabia. We wondered if they would be able to handle a trip that long, would they get hungry, scared, lost or stolen, etc.??

What surprised you about the pet travel process to Saudi Arabia?

From our perspective it was a pretty easy process. We would caution people to be very patient with the Saudi side of things. It moves kind of slow over here, so things might not get done until the very last minute. Just be ready!

 

 

How did Sam and Gretchen handle the transition?

They actually handled the whole transition much better than we expected. They did really good on the flight over from Houston, TX, even though I was a nervous mom!

The other big issue we thought would be challenging is the fact that we really don’t have much grassy areas in our compound and no dog parks. Our dogs were used to a very large, fenced-in yard and lots of freedom to run whenever they wanted. Now they are on a leash at all times, go for walks every day, and are just fine with that. We really think they just love that we are all living together again!

 

 

Is Saudi Arabia a pet friendly place to be?

I think in general Saudis prefer cats to dogs. On our compound most of the people are Americans and Europeans except for the compound maintenance and security staff. We have big dogs, and everyone is pretty much afraid of them. Most people are really intrigued by our dogs, probably due to their size, but once they get comfortable with seeing the dogs around they are better.

We have not had them off our compound yet except to go to the vet/boarding facility. In our area, it is hard to locate vets, boarding, pet stores and supplies. All of this is about an hour away from us.   

What advice do you have for people who might be planning a pet move?

Trust PetRelocation staff to handle everything, they all did an outstanding job for us! We had the dogs picked up at our home, driven an hour to the airport, flown from Houston to Amsterdam and on to Dammam KSA, then delivered to our home about an hour from the airport.

Our dogs came out of their crates just as happy, healthy and safe as they could be. PetRelocation and KLM really did a great job handling our dogs. We have already recommend them to others and we would certainly use them again.

 

 

What made you decide to hire PetRelocation to assist you?

We liked the way the staff talked to us -- like our dogs were their dogs. And we have to say that not only did they talk that way, they performed that way too. They answered all our questions and made us feel more comfortable about our dogs' long journey.

 

Thanks to Sam and Gretchen's owners for taking the time to answer our questions! As always, please contact PetRelocation if you're looking for some assistance with an upcoming pet move.