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Importing a cat to Switzerland

So we are planning to get a young Sphynx Cat. We can get the cat from Hungary for 500CHF which is half the price as here in Switzerland.

What is the process of importing the cat and what costs does it have?

What I know until know:

- It needs a chip: Is it accepted if it gets the chip in Hungary ?
- It needs a "Heimtierausweis" (Petpass) which is 25CHF
- It needs to have a medical inspection which states that it is healthy. I gues I have to do this in Switzerland. How much does that cost?
- I need to inform my landlord that I will have a cat and I need to upgrade my home insurance for damages caused by a cat. How much extra does that usually cost? (I would guess something like 50-100CHF extra a year)

Thanks in advance for the help

/e so mainly I am interested in the overall costs of importing. So if its more than lets say 300 CHF then it is worth to buy the cat here in Switzerland for me

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Old 29.11.2014, 14:18
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

You are aware that Hungary is one of the most important European provider of puppy and kitty mills, right?

Which means that for that price, you're very likely to have a sickly kitten, raised in dreadful conditions...
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You are aware that Hungary is one of the most important European provider of puppy and kitty mills, right?

Which means that for that price, you're very likely to have a sickly kitten, raised in dreadful conditions...
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

DON'T buy animals from hungary or czech republic, you'll be doing yourself a favour, you'll probably end up spending a thousand of francs in vet bills to see the cat die anyway. In the moment you buy an animal from Hungary you condemn tens of others to death in dreadful conditions, and you give money to organized crime and corrupted veterinarians. Passport is going to be false, especially the age will be older than they really are, but officially valid, vaccination probably done but too early so no guarantee there, you might be bringing here rabies and dangerous diseases, they bring the animals illegally through the border, they usually put 100-200 puppies per van after separating them too early from the parents, counting that some of them will die during transport. Same applies to dogs.
Only go to certified (pedigree) breeders, both in switzerland or neighbouring countries. Reputable breeders are only able to manage 1, max 2 different races, they let you visit their home and you can see the parents. I would also advise against buying a sphynx cat, or at least be very informed about it.

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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

You will have to pay tax on the purchase price, in addition to the microchip, rabies vaccine, vet check, passport, and of course transportation. You may be better off buying it in CH.
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Only go to certified (pedigree) breeders, both in switzerland or neighbouring countries. Reputable breeders are only able to manage 1, max 2 different races, they let you visit their home and you can see the parents. I would also advise against buying a sphynx cat, or at least be very informed about it.
Or visit the Tierheim in CH/DE and adopt a cat from the shelter. I have two kittens from nearby towns and they are healthy and playful.
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Or visit the Tierheim in CH/DE and adopt a cat from the shelter. I have two kittens from nearby towns and they are healthy and playful.
Yes, that's obviously the best thing. You can find some nice cats too i have to say, normal european cats that is, but still nice.
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

I just realised my siamese cat (then a newly arrived kitten) who almost died in the first week of its adoption was imported from Hungary! It was a long expected present so I didn't know where it came from at the time. Just another word of caution for importing a cat from Hungary.

I know you have your mind set on a Sphynx which would be difficult to find otherwise (allergy reasons?) but I would second a trip to some shelters to see if you might fall in love with another, local kitten. Not only you would help a cat that really needs it and avoid kitty mills but you get to choose a cat you have a connection with, you can be informed of its character, you can be sure it's vaccinated, wormed and well taken care of, and on top of that you avoid all the hassle of importing a pet.
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

It's not a question of informing your landlord, you need his permission to have a pet whatever it is. So ask first, before you go any further. If he says no, that's the end of the matter.
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

If your heart is set on a spynx,and you have done the research to make sure it's the right cat for you, then get one. Just be sure it is a healthy kitten from a good place. I would recommend having the kitten checked by a vet before you commit to buying, or have a money back guarantee if the vet finds something wrong.

I hope you find a great kitten soon.
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nope.
You don't seem to have done your homework on this adoption.

I hope that you soon find a kitty that is healthy, perhaps nearer to home than Hungary.

Don't forget that you will have to put suntan cream on it in the Summer!!
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

Although this article's about puppies, not kittens, it gives you an idea of the sort of people you could be dealing with in Hungary.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-30043935

Frankly, you'd be better to pay the price here in Switzerland to be sure you're not going to be throwing your money away on a sick kitten who's likely going to die on you almost as soon as you get it home.
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

Two friends recently imported pure-bred puppies. One is half blind and the other had a rare disease and had to be put down (after my friend had tried several expensive treatments). Just be aware that, be it cat, dog or human, pure breeds are far more prone to illness, so you might want to set up a slush fund for emergency vet bills just in case. We set up one for our mongrel shelter cat and have spent about a quarter of it in five years.
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Two friends recently imported pure-bred puppies. One is half blind and the other had a rare disease and had to be put down (after my friend had tried several expensive treatments). Just be aware that, be it cat, dog or human, pure breeds are far more prone to illness, so you might want to set up a slush fund for emergency vet bills just in case. We set up one for our mongrel shelter cat and have spent about a quarter of it in five years.
This is nonsense. Sure, there are some lines that are tainted (and some breeders that are happy to continue with those lines). And also breeds that were ruined by some distorted ideas of beauty standards...

But all those hereditary diseases also occur in mongrels. It's only sooner (if not: ever) discovered in pedigree cats because, if a breeder does it right, his/her cats get tested every year and an autopsy is done when the cat dies before the normal age. With mongrels, owners often don't bother to test at all. So an illness can go unnoticed and the cause of death unknown.

And this is also why a pedigree cat is so expensive. (And the only thing that justifies the prize if you ask me.) If you find a breeder that doesn't test, stay away. There's no reason whatsoever to pay a small fortune for a pedigree cat if the lines are not tested at least once a year (For FelV and Fiv before having a nest. For both on HCM and PKD through ultrasound, not with a blood test!!!).

Having said all this, Sphynx cats are known for having many health problems (HCM!!!), so you'd better find a damn good breeder. Otherwise you will end up paying with a cat with a heart condition. (And the bills that come with it.)
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

Hi All,

Thank you everyone for opening up my eyes. I will definitely not buy a cat from Hungary in this case.
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Re: Importing a cat to Switzerland

I hope you don't find me rude, but I believe one should never "buy" an animal but adopt.
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I hope you don't find me rude, but I believe one should never "buy" an animal but adopt.
To each their own. You have the right to your opinion, so does the OP. The most important thing is not to support a bad breeder.
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