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Cats travelling overseas and interstate
Travelling interstate or overseas with your cat needn’t be stressful. Follow these hints to ensure your pet enjoys a safe, relaxing trip:
- Consider a specialist pet transport company so your cat’s travel is handled by experts. They will ensure your pet is transported in air-conditioned comfort to and from the airport, and that all paperwork is done and quarantine requirements (link to cat quarantine article) are met.
- Ask your pet transporter about quarantine when moving your pet interstate or overseas. A reputable company will have an AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Services) accredited vet, who will examine your cat before departure and sign the appropriate forms.
- Take your cat to the vet a week before departure, to ensure that she is in good health and that all vaccinations are up to date.
- Get the right sized IATA (International Air Transport Association) approved travel capsule for your animal. You can get these from your pet transporter or some veterinary clinics. Getting the capsule ahead of time. allows you and your cat to become familiar with it.
- Feed your cat at least 12 hours before the move, but do not feed her on the day. Give her water and a treat, and put a couple of treats in the capsule for on the flight.
- Keep calm. Keep the atmosphere on moving day as quiet and normal as possible. There is little need to sedate your cat for the trip. One vet suggests breaking a Valium tablet in two, then swallowing it with a glass of water. In other words, if you are calm and relaxed your cat will be, too!
- Take your cat in her capsule to the pet transporter, or if they collect from your home, travel with her to the transporter’s office.
- Once your cat has been checked for quarantine purposes, if necessary, and replaced in her capsule, walk away, quietly and calmly. Most animals settle down quickly, especially if there’s a familiar rug or piece of your clothing in the capsule.
Your pet will travel in an air-conditioned van to the airport, at the same temperature as the plane. If the flight is an international one, she will be checked at each stopover, and her water replenished.
What happens once your cat arrives?
On arrival, your cat will be collected by the pet transporter representative, given fresh water and cleared through Customs and Quarantine.
If she does not need quarantine, she will be brought home in an air-conditioned van.
If she has to spend a period in quarantine, the pet transporter can arrange to pick her up when she’s free to come to your and her new home.
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