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Hi everyone, this is my first post on English forum - my first post on any forum - so please be gentle. After three years of living in Basel we are moving to the UK and I've just realized how expensive it is to fly our cat. So now we are thinking about driving him to the UK, putting him in a cattery, and then driving back and flying across ourselves once we offload our car somehow. Driving pets to the UK seems to be quite common based on the feedback from forum users. My question is whether anyone can recommend any good catteries in the UK - I guess somewhere between the Eurotunnel and Cambridgeshire. Thanks for any ideas
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Do you really think that in the long run it will work out cheaper to make a return journey by car and pay a cattery in the UK? I Don't think taking the cat will be that much more expensive (if at all) if you book it on the same flight as you.
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Re: UK Cattery

Depending on the car of course, would it not be easier and a lot cheaper to sell the car in the UK to somebody wanting to go to CH?
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Re: UK Cattery

Agreed- drivng to Uk and back is pretty expensive, what with Mway tolls in France, Tunnel and petrol!!! You can't take cats on EasyJet though, or any of the cheaper airlines.
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Depending on the car of course, would it not be easier and a lot cheaper to sell the car in the UK to somebody wanting to go to CH?
Probably be cheaper to sell the cat in CH & get a new cat in the UK

FWIW my Ex Swiss GF brought 3 cats home from Turkey in her hand luggage , they were walking about in the plane.
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FWIW my Ex Swiss GF
Ex Swiss or Ex GF?
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Re: UK Cattery

Flying with Swiss, you can take your cat with you in the cabin for CHF 60:

https://www.swiss.com/gb/en/prepare/...g-with-animals

Even if flying with Swiss is more expensive than easyJet, I can't imagine you are going to save money by driving.
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I was confused by the GF part
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Probably be cheaper to sell the cat in CH & get a new cat in the UK

FWIW my Ex Swiss GF brought 3 cats home from Turkey in her hand luggage , they were walking about in the plane.
Unfortunately all pets going into the UK by air have to travel in the cargo hold, they're not allowed in the cabin.

Have you looked at maybe getting a one-way rental car? You could then sell yours here and drive over in the rental, cat and all. Hertz offers one-way rentals.
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Ex GF who only had a Swiss passport. She had 7 cats when I met her, 3 being babies of the 3 'imported'. Leave the bed for a few minutes & little chance of finding a space on my return.

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Unfortunately all pets going into the UK by air have to travel in the cargo hold, they're not allowed in the cabin.

Have you looked at maybe getting a one-way rental car? You could then sell yours here and drive over in the rental, cat and all. Hertz offers one-way rentals.
I can assure you she did not have permission to have them in the cabin & failed to declare them when the plane arrived in ZH.

One way rental to the UK will be hugely expensive if it's actually possible, best to rent in France & return to calais which I have done in the past.
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Re: UK Cattery

Thanks so much everyone for your ideas. I also thought we could put the cat under the seat in the cabin - but for the UK cats must be transported as freight and probably not on the same flight as us. I'll look into the one way rental idea - thanks. I'd love to be able to offload the car in England but it seems all too hard as we need to hand the plates in to the Swiss Authorities before we leave etc. I stupidly signed up to a voluntary MFK tomorrow as I thought it might help to sell the car. Thanks again
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Thanks so much everyone for your ideas. I also thought we could put the cat under the seat in the cabin - but for the UK cats must be transported as freight and probably not on the same flight as us. I'll look into the one way rental idea - thanks. I'd love to be able to offload the car in England but it seems all too hard as we need to hand the plates in to the Swiss Authorities before we leave etc. I stupidly signed up to a voluntary MFK tomorrow as I thought it might help to sell the car. Thanks again
You can keep the plates for 1 year after leaving quite legally, I know a member still on BS plates way over a year after leaving, the Swiss are not happy
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Ex GF who only had a Swiss passport. She had 7 cats when I met her, 3 being babies of the 3 'imported'. Leave the bed for a few minutes & little chance of finding a space on my return.



I can assure you she did not have permission to have them in the cabin & failed to declare them when the plane arrived in ZH.

One way rental to the UK will be hugely expensive if it's actually possible, best to rent in France & return to calais which I have done in the past.
If she did that in the UK they'd be put into quantine for 6 months at her cost or she'd have to send them out of the UK again.

Basel to Calais would be good from the sounds of it, but you'd have to take the car over to the UK and then bring it back to Calais. Pets can only travel inside their cars, foot passengers can't take them on board.
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Re: UK Cattery

I think I'd take the cat on (a) plane. Even if he has to go in cargo, it could (depending on how much hassle you run into) be a shorter traveling timespan than doing the trip by other means. But it probably also depends on how well your cat deals with a) being away from you and b) being in a completely unknown location for hours.

One thing I would not do is leave him here because traveling is too much hassle; find a way to take him with you, no matter how expensive/complex/long/stressful it is.

Whatever you decide, good luck to you and the kitty!
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Re: UK Cattery

Still can't quite get my head around this one. We brought our UK car here when we moved, and travelled with one cat and one dog via Tunnel. We've still got the car now- as we like it despite being right hand drive. You could do that, t'other way round- settle in your accomodation, find someone to come and cat sit in a few months time and come back for a holiday to sell the car, if you don't want to keep it in UK and change plates, etc. Easy peasy. We bought a large wire cage for the cat- so she could have her litter tray and food and water as well as bedding- The old girl coped really well- and we stopped overnight in a very reasonable Hôtel in Calais with both dog and cat, to break up the journey. Travelling to UK with dog very soon to visit his real mama- birthday treat for her 40th BD.
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Re: UK Cattery

On the assumption they are up to date with their rabies vaccinations then I can recommend this place they were are cattery of choice before we moved out here.
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Re: UK Cattery

Cat will have to be up-to-date with vaccinations in any case to get into UK!

  1. Your pet must be microchipped. This must be done before your pet gets a rabies vaccination.
  2. Your pet must have been vaccinated against rabies. You must wait 21 days from the date of the vaccination before travelling. The day of vaccination counts as day 0 and not day 1.
  3. Your pet must have a pet passport or third-country official veterinary certificate.
  4. If travelling from a listed country, fill in a declaration confirming that you aren’t going to sell or transfer the ownership of your pet.
  5. Dogs must have had a tapeworm treatment no less than 24 hours and no more than 120 hours (5 days) before entry.
  6. You must use an approved transport company and an approved route unless you’re travelling between the UK and Ireland.
They are REALLY strict at the Tunnel pre-crossing office where you need to get papers stamped. We have witnessed many pet owners being turned away quite briskly if any little thing is not absolutely and totally correct. Last one was a lady who was turned away in front of us- she had all the paperwork in order and up-to-date- but one paper was a separate loose sheet, and not a numbered page in passport- and she was told to return to the vet and get him/her to sign the appropriate page in the book and not separate. She tried and tried to get them to change their mind- but she was told a very FIRM NO- and had to miss her crossing, re-pay for another crossing the next day after she had visited another vet in Calais to sign the passport (she lived a long way away)!
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Re: UK Cattery

Thanks again everyone. The cattery recommendation looks good. Our cat came to Switzerland from Sydney and handled that but he was a little younger then. He'll definitely be coming with us - we just need to find a house he'll be safe in. In Switzerland we've lived in rural areas so he has become used to roaming the fields and forests during the day. We have accepted that leaving Switzerland will be hugely stressful given our personal circumstances - no way around it and we'll have to deal with it. I know this is a pet thread so I don't want to digress but I can't understand the process for taking a non EU car into the UK if we are going to be UK residents (actually I don't know if the UK authorities class us as residents as we are on fixed stay visas). I think there will be less stress if we sell the car here. It is great to have a forum like this to turn to - wish I'd been more involved years ago.
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You can keep the plates for 1 year after leaving quite legally, I know a member still on BS plates way over a year after leaving, the Swiss are not happy
…that is actually one year ten months and counting, and the BS Zulassungsstelle is going mental.
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Re: UK Cattery

Sorry this is so stressful. Difficult for any here to help if you drip feed the information though. So is the cat microchipped and is his passport up to date, with current rabbies jab? And where does your car come from, and which plate does it have on at the moment? Australia/ns?
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