Pet Travel Question: Importing Cats to the US

Name: Christa
Number of Pets: 2
Pet Type: Cat
From: UK

We have a couple of new (nine week old) kittens and have found out we'll be moving back to the States this summer. I have a few questions that I'm struggling to find answers for:

1. The kittens will only be about six months old when we relocate. Should we have any concerns about them being too young to travel? Are there any age restrictions?

2. Other than the basic immunizations they'll receive here, is there anything other than a rabies vaccination that they need ahead of time?

3. If we have them microchipped, is there a type or brand that we should use so that it will still be valid in the States?

4. I anticipate that we'll be using a relocation service that would handle all the paperwork stuff--will that include import and/or export certifications, or will we need to take care of that?

5. Since they'll also be right at the age for neutering, would you recommend holding off on that until after the relocation?

6. We aren't yet certain which state we'll end up in. California, Colorado and Virginia are most likely. Where's the best place to find info on any state or local requirements?

Hi Christa,

Thanks for your questions, and we'll do our best to help you figure everything out!

1. In terms of age, you'll want to check with your vet to make sure your cats are old enough to receive all the vaccinations they'll need to travel.

2. Check out the pet import requirements for the US to find out about all the vaccinations, etc... that you will need.

3. We recently covered the topic of microchips on our blog. Take a look at what we had to say about HomeAgain Microchips and ISO compatibility and let us know if you still have questions about anything.

4. Every relocation service is a little different, but we offer door-to-door services to  help you schedule vet visits at the right time, get your cats to and from the airport, secure the right documents, and take care of everything in between.

5. As far as neutering, again, this is something you'll want to talk to your vet about.

6. Take a look at our site to find out about import requirements for specific states. California, Colorado and Virgina appear to have the same requirements (health certificate and recommended rabies tag), but it would also a good idea to double check with local authorities in case the laws change before your move.

Don't hesitate to contact us if you need any clarifications, Christa! Our Pet Relocation Specialists would be happy to discuss your move with you. Good luck with everything, and keep in touch!


PetRelocation Team




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