International Cat Transport Service

What to know about shipping cats overseas with care

cat moving internationally

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when moving your cat internationally, which is why it makes sense to consider a cat transport service to help manage all the details.

Just getting started? Here’s what you should know about the international cat transport process.  

Country Import Requirements

Every country has different import requirements, so start by doing a little research to find out more about the process your cat will need to stick to. Find your country import rules here.

Your Cat’s Vaccination Status

At the very least your cat will probably need have an updated rabies vaccine, and depending on where you’re going additional vaccines may be needed. Check with your vet to find out your cat’s vaccine status so that you can start to plan accordingly.

Your Timeline (Is It flexible?)

Once you know your approximate move date you can start to build a timeline for your cat’s travel preparations. Shipping a cat overseas usually requires at least one to three months of planning time, but if you’re going to Australia, New Zealand or another rabies-free nation, you will probably need at least six months to get your cat ready.

Travel Crate

Not only do you need an airline-approved travel crate for your cat, it needs to be the right size and ideally your cat is used to spending time in it. This means there’s work to do if you don’t have a travel crate yet, and it’s never too early to get started with this part.


Does your cat need a microchip? Maybe, and even if it’s not required we do recommend it. Again check the import requirements that apply to you and consider microchipping your cat either way.

How Can an International Cat Transport Service Make Life Easier?

For cat owners moving internationally for the first time, understanding the rules and processes involved with shipping their cats overseas can quickly become a time consuming and stressful experience.

By hiring professionals who specialize in handling safe pet travel logistics, you can feel confident that your cat will be taken care of, especially in the event of an unexpected event like a weather delay, and you’ll have more time to focus on your own move logistics.  

Learn more about how PetRelocation can help.

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