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Old Jun 12th 2003, 3:26 pm
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I have an American friend who is going back to the US from the UK and wants to take her two cats. Anyone who has done this? I'm sure if she could read some success stories it would ease her mind.
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Old Jun 12th 2003, 3:45 pm
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flying from toronto to Phoenix, I have my fiance's cat already...just make sure you have all the immunization records and you should be ok...be ready however to walk through the metal detector holding the bloody cat. I had to.
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through when i moved back to us from canada 2 years ago--had to visit the vet before i came and get certificates, vaccinations. but my 2 cats got through fine--even if they refused to come out of the closet for 3 days after the flight.
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If they are small, they should fit in the crates the airlines approve and that you can slide under the seat in front of you.

There are restrictions on size and number of animals on a flight so LET THE AIRLINE KNOW WHEN YOU BOOK. They have the right to refuse you bringing animals on board at any time. So make sure it's okay.

If the animals are too big for the crates that fit under the seat (they have to be able to stand up, turn around and sit in the crate - otherwise it's too small) they will have to be shipped as baggage with you. Again, they must be crated. Check with the airline about this again, as there are restrictions on the time you can take live cargo with you (temperatures on the tarmac being the issue). Some airlines (like Air Canada) have pressurized/ac/heated cargo holds for animals. This is a good thing (tm).

As your friend is taking two animals, I doubt she will be able to take both in the cabin unless she has two seats and the airline says yes. The animals cannot be crated together. If they are going in the cargo hold, they will need hard sided carriers, properly labeled.

email me at sitstaydogs at rogers dot com if you want a hand with the process - I'm getting pretty good with shipping animals

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Default Re: Taking cats to the US

Originally posted by MrsLondon
I have an American friend who is going back to the US from the UK and wants to take her two cats. Anyone who has done this? I'm sure if she could read some success stories it would ease her mind.
This has recently been discussed on this thread, cats are referred to further down the thread. (Please excuse some of the language, one of the members is a little irritable!)
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Thing2 also recently took his cat to the US from the UK, read his story here:

http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...hreadid=156908

Good luck

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Old Jun 12th 2003, 10:13 pm
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MrsLondon wrote:

    > I have an American friend who is going back to the US from the UK and
    > wants to take her two cats. Anyone who has done this?

http://www.madblast.com/view.cfm?typ...e&display=2324

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Michael......I still think you are too funny to work for the government!!!!!
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    > > I have an American friend who is going back to the US from the UK and
    > > wants to take her two cats. Anyone who has done this?
    > http://www.madblast.com/view.cfm?typ...e&display=2324
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Default Re: Taking cats to the US

Originally posted by MrsLondon
I have an American friend who is going back to the US from the UK and wants to take her two cats. Anyone who has done this? I'm sure if she could read some success stories it would ease her mind.

Strangely most of the advice given seems to be from people moving from Canada which is all good advice but not relevant to you. You can't carry cats in the main cabin on any transantlic crossing so you cats are going in the hold, because they go in the hold you say goodbye to them at the checkin desk so you dont have to walk through the metal detector.

Firstly you need to get a rabies injection for your cats using the 90/30 days rule - no more than 90 days before you fly and no less than 30 days before you fly. Some States do not require cats to have rabies jabs but most airlines require that your cats have rabies jabs so it is best just to get the jabs (you don't want to be turned away).

You have to get health certificates for your cats that have to be less than 10 days old on the day you fly, don't do it 10 days before you fly incase there are any delays.

As soon as you book your flights ring up the airline and book a PNR for your animals. On the day of the flight it is done on first come first served basis so aim to turn up early as if 3 pets get there before yours, yours will be refused!

When we shipped our cat they looked after him very well and kept us informed of his progress - they heat the hold and keep the light on. It is up to you whether you sedate your cats but our vet was against it so we didn't.

Good Luck

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