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Old Apr 23rd 2012, 8:37 am   #1
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Hi,

I've got a cat and planning on moving from UK back to Connecticut in the next couple of years. Anyone have any experience of flying a pet over and how much did it cost? I've heard from other people it cost them $2k to fly over their dogs from USA to UK but then they were large dogs. I believe it goes by crate size so hope would be alot less than this! Also cost in £ if anyone has as that's what currency we will be using.

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Old Apr 23rd 2012, 9:26 am   #2
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Default Re: Cost of flying cat from UK to USA

There are a couple of recent threads on this with a lot of detail. Worth searching for.

When reading one a while back, I bookmarked the site:

http://www.petexports.co.uk/

So I suspect that was recommended.
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Hi,

I've got a cat and planning on moving from UK back to Connecticut in the next couple of years. Anyone have any experience of flying a pet over and how much did it cost? I've heard from other people it cost them $2k to fly over their dogs from USA to UK but then they were large dogs. I believe it goes by crate size so hope would be alot less than this! Also cost in £ if anyone has as that's what currency we will be using.

Thanks,

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Your cat maybe able to fly with you in the cabin of the plane...depends what airline you use. As already mentioned this has been discussed recently in several threads...if you use the search engine you will be able to locate them.
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Hi,

I've got a cat and planning on moving from UK back to Connecticut in the next couple of years. Anyone have any experience of flying a pet over and how much did it cost? I've heard from other people it cost them $2k to fly over their dogs from USA to UK but then they were large dogs. I believe it goes by crate size so hope would be alot less than this! Also cost in £ if anyone has as that's what currency we will be using.

Thanks,

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We did exactly the same as you 2 years ago and used "petairuk". They were great. We took the cat to Heathrow and picked up the cat at the other end at JFK and it cost about £600 ("silver service").

http://www.petairuk.com
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We shipped our cat from Heathrow to Denver earlier this year. The cost was a little over £500 and we used Airsupply (shipping agents, not the band). We had no problems and I would recommend. I can't really comment on taking a cat in the cabin, but this is something I would personally never want to do (maybe depends on the personality of your cat!)

The main bulk of the cost is the freight charge so this is going to vary depending on time of year, carrier, route, etc... we flew BA.

Also, there was a restriction during the summer months (heat related) but this may be because we were going to Denver.
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I would recommend. I can't really comment on taking a cat in the cabin, but this is something I would personally never want to do...
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Not to metion the potential for constant meowing, having to use a cat carrier 1/4 the size of the crate we had for the hold, and 'accidents' in a confined space which trust me is not pleasant. We felt it was far kinder for our cat (and fellow passengers) to use a shipping specialist, and it has not affected our cat at all.

FWIW, for those thinking of transporting a cat - although she didn't pee (apparently cats can hold it in for ages) we used 'dryfur' absorbing crate liners. We had to buy them in the US as for some reason they don't seem to be sold in the UK.
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Default Re: Cost of flying cat from UK to USA

We brought our cats over with us last year from the UK to the US - it cost us roughly 422 pounds per cat, and that included the airline compliant cat carrier. We used a pet shipping specialist. I agree with others who've said it's fairer to the cat and to other passengers to have the cat in the hold. Our cats were fine and had no problems (thankfully!).
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Some people we know have a large dog, they had a pretty horrendous service from BA with how the dog was kept. The dog was really upset after the flight, I think the size of him was the issue as the carrier he was in was just not large enough.
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Every time I see this thread title, I imagine a giant cat with people riding it as it flies over the Atlantic.
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