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Old 09.09.2010, 15:05
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Thank you all so much! some really good points raised there!
We were going to go by Ferry because it is a bit more interesting but think now that we will go by the train because like you all say, he can stay in the car with us. I am ordering the cargo pet carrier from eBay, looks big and holds food etc. I would also be horrified if god forbid the ferry did sink and I had to let him drown.....along with all my lifes possesions!

Just find the thought of being stuck in that bl**dy tunnel for an hour really claustrophobic!

He has his Rabies jab on Monday! still a little confused about wether the bloods have to be done or not, the PETS scheme say no unless we are going back to the UK, I presume then after 21 days they will then give us the passport.

The vet has quoted 49.70 for the rabies jab and 55 for the passport, does that sound right?
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Thank you all so much! some really good points raised there!
We were going to go by Ferry because it is a bit more interesting but think now that we will go by the train because like you all say, he can stay in the car with us. I am ordering the cargo pet carrier from eBay, looks big and holds food etc. I would also be horrified if god forbid the ferry did sink and I had to let him drown.....along with all my lifes possesions!

Just find the thought of being stuck in that bl**dy tunnel for an hour really claustrophobic!

He has his Rabies jab on Monday! still a little confused about wether the bloods have to be done or not, the PETS scheme say no unless we are going back to the UK, I presume then after 21 days they will then give us the passport.

The vet has quoted 49.70 for the rabies jab and 55 for the passport, does that sound right?
Hi,

The prices sound average really. We flew over two years ago with our three boys.We didn't have the blood test done as we weren't going to be returning to the UK,so we microchipped,rabies vaccinated and had the pet passports issued.Made sure all boosters were upto date. Then 48 hours before we travelled we had to have them checked to ensure they were healthy enough to travel.Not sure if this is just if they are flying though!

Best of luck to you,let us know how you get on!

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I think you only do that if flying, but I may do it anyway!
Thanks for that!
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I think you only do that if flying, but I may do it anyway!
Thanks for that!
You are welcome

Not sure if anyone else has mentioned this but it may be worth getting some feliway spray for the pet carrier. I find it an absolute lifesaver when travelling even short distances to the vets etc.

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Re: Bringing cat from UK

A word of warning about feliway - I was told to buy some by the vet to help my cat settle when travelling. I read all the instructions, sprayed the inside of the travelling box 15 mins before I wanted to let her in, as it said... then popped her in. She went berserk! She was scratching at the walls and door of the cage, yowling and desperately fighting to get out. She has never ever done that before and I felt terrible. It took her about 10 mins to calm down.

We travelled over 2 days and on the second day I didn't use the spray and she was fine.

So I'd say do a 'trial run' before you use feliway as my experience says some cats really don't like it.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I agree with Elizabeth. Dont use ferry besides anything else its too traumatic for them. And do not do what I did leave it too late for jabs and passport. Had to get pet sitters (who were brilliant) but I must have driven them crazy, kept phoning every day. Had to leave them for 3 months before I could get them here. Just go to vet and whatever it costs it is worth it.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Advice on ferry noted! Am really glad you said that, I would prefer to go by ferry as its a bit more interesting, but going to take the train now!
Yeah, I have been trying Feliway, used it for our move from Manchester to Southend etc, we have a plug in one at home, pop it on, come back and this is what we find....
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I brought my two cats over a couple of months ago (by plane).

They were already chipped and this was checked by the vet.

Once we got the routine jabs sorted - just our luck there was a conflict - we got them both sorted with their rabies jabs. We then waited 3 weeks for the bloods to be taken, followed by another week or so for the results. Once ALL of these were completed to the vets satisfaction, we then got the Pet Passport. In total I think for 2 cats it was in the region of 370. And that's before I started with the airline regulation carry cases and paying Swiss for the priviledge of carrying them!

I look at them both here, one curled up on a chair and one sprawled out on the rug and think... Yep it was worth everypenny.
Hi there, thanks for the info here. I am moving in November an am wondering if I should bring my cats by car or plane. Really looking for whatever is best for them. I'm leaning towards the plane idea but what did you do about litter trays food & water for the before and after journey? Did you have larger carriers to transfer them into?

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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Re litter/cr**ping etc............I don't think you'll have to worry about it.

I travelled with Oscar to Zurich from Edinburgh via Frankfurt with Lufthansa, and we had no 'little episodes'.
Whether he was so freaked out with the whole experience...I don't know, but I let him out of his carry case in Edinburgh and Frankfurt and he had access to water and food, but wasn't interested, and therefore had no inclination to do any of the above.

Two things I would mention though, as something you could source before you come over with the cats are:
Do you have friends who are nurses/work in a 'care' environment?
I worked in a hospital and was able to get bed incontinence pads which I used to line the bottom of the cat carry case. They weren't needed, but it was nice to know they were there.

The other thing is to buy a cat harness (really cheap off Ebay), but wonderful for letting the cats out their box when/if you get the chance. In fact I had to take Oscar out his box at security in Edinburgh so his box could go through the X-ray scanner. Having him attached to the harness made a huge difference. If you do get one for your cat/s make sure you get them used to wearing them before you fly.

Good luck with the journey!
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

We bought our two cats over a few years ago and decided against flying/ferry at the last minute. They had no problems with the Eurotunnel and were never even checked. Both cats were in airline recommended catboxes with enough space not to be cramped but still feel secure. We sprayed the boxes with cat wackybacky and they slept the entire journey

I wish you and your cat all the best
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

MSB, I decided to fly our cats over with us for a large number of reasons but the main factor was the shorter time that they were in transit. From end to end it took us 7 hours which seems like a long time for them, but in the car, it would have been twice that time.

On the flight, both of the cats came in the cabin with us. They had airline cat carrier bags which are soft and can go under the seats in front. If you opt for this and you're in the UK, I recommend that you source them in plenty of time, as they can be difficult to get hold of. I got the Sherpa ones but I ended up paying double list price for them from a UK wholesaler. If you source them directly from the US they are much MUCH cheaper. You will need to book in the cats with the airline in advance. I don't know why - we weren't allocated any special seats in the end.

An alternative to taking a cat in the cabin. is to put them in the hold. This is necessary when the cat and carrier is over 8kgs. In this case you will need a hard sided airline regulation carrier.

I booked a mid afternoon flight out which would have given us plenty of time to stop and give them water and a walk on the leads, but in reality we got stuck in traffic and only just made the plane. We had no little accidents though and security was a doddle. The security staff at Heathrow just scanned our hand luggage, took us to a side room where we took the cats out and they then scanned the carriers separately.

Customs in Switzerland was really easy, they just scanned the cats and checked the paperwork.

All in all the whole journey was fine. The most stressful bit in the end was wondering if we were going to miss the flight and what we'd be able to do with the cats if we couldn't get the next flight out!
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MSB, I decided to fly our cats over with us for a large number of reasons but the main factor was the shorter time that they were in transit. From end to end it took us 7 hours which seems like a long time for them, but in the car, it would have been twice that time.

On the flight, both of the cats came in the cabin with us. They had airline cat carrier bags which are soft and can go under the seats in front. If you opt for this and you're in the UK, I recommend that you source them in plenty of time, as they can be difficult to get hold of. I got the Sherpa ones but I ended up paying double list price for them from a UK wholesaler. If you source them directly from the US they are much MUCH cheaper. You will need to book in the cats with the airline in advance. I don't know why - we weren't allocated any special seats in the end.

An alternative to taking a cat in the cabin. is to put them in the hold. This is necessary when the cat and carrier is over 8kgs. In this case you will need a hard sided airline regulation carrier.

I booked a mid afternoon flight out which would have given us plenty of time to stop and give them water and a walk on the leads, but in reality we got stuck in traffic and only just made the plane. We had no little accidents though and security was a doddle. The security staff at Heathrow just scanned our hand luggage, took us to a side room where we took the cats out and they then scanned the carriers separately.

Customs in Switzerland was really easy, they just scanned the cats and checked the paperwork.

All in all the whole journey was fine. The most stressful bit in the end was wondering if we were going to miss the flight and what we'd be able to do with the cats if we couldn't get the next flight out!
Hi,

We flew over too and it wasn't too bad,I was slightly misdirected at this end so after all the paperwork was sorted it took us two hours to get the cats back,we flew from Manchester and the cats had to go in the hold.I would advise anyone to make sure they can get their cat in the cabin with them as its far less stressful.

Ferkel did you pay an import fee.

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Hi all, thank you very much for all the info, it's been really helpful
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Hi,

We flew over too and it wasn't too bad,I was slightly misdirected at this end so after all the paperwork was sorted it took us two hours to get the cats back,we flew from Manchester and the cats had to go in the hold.I would advise anyone to make sure they can get their cat in the cabin with them as its far less stressful.

Ferkel did you pay an import fee.

Darcy
Hi Darcy

We didn't pay a fee. I was expecting to pay however, the guy just stamped our paperwork and told us we now had Swiss Cats!!
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Hi Darcy

We didn't pay a fee. I was expecting to pay however, the guy just stamped our paperwork and told us we now had Swiss Cats!!
Arghh i was ripped off then lol!

Hope your gang settled in well for you!

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Update on this and for future reference.

I followed the links below, which were Swiss Gov't and very helpful. The questionaire at the bottom asks questions about your pet and tells you what you need to bring it into Switzerland.

General Info:
http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161...x.html?lang=en

More:
http://www.bvet.admin.ch/themen/0161...x.html?lang=en

Questionaire:
http://bvet.bytix.com/plus/dbr/default.aspx?lang=en

Went to the vet last week, we paid a total of 102 for Rabies, Boosters (not required but he was due), and for the passport, which we pick up in 10 days.

He does NOT need a blood test unless we are returning to the UK within 6 months.

As per advice on here, we are going by Le Shuttle, however, the vet said that it doesn't matter as cats are quite resilient and the ferry would be fine. Flying, would tend to hurt their ears.

We have a friend driving over and then driving back with us, if you get the train into the UK with a pet on board its 40ish but going out its free. One thing I need to figure out, is how to book a return coming in without a cat and going out with as at the moment it just assumes we are going both ways on the website.

Hope this may be of help to someone in the future.....
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Hi guys

just read this whole thread and I'm almost a little worried that I got my cat's passport instantly?? We haven't left yet so i'm panicking about.. ooo.. everything!

Can i just check its a blue passport and the vet stamp is circular with a vet code on it?

Also - from the UK to Switzerland, as i understand I ONLY need the pet passport and no other docs - is this everyone else's experience?

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Hi guys

just read this whole thread and I'm almost a little worried that I got my cat's passport instantly?? We haven't left yet so i'm panicking about.. ooo.. everything!

Can i just check its a blue passport and the vet stamp is circular with a vet code on it?

Also - from the UK to Switzerland, as i understand I ONLY need the pet passport and no other docs - is this everyone else's experience?

thanks!
Hey,

Don't panic! It's a blue booklet with 'pet passport' on the front. Inside will be the vets stamp and I believe it also says in there that he has has his rabies jab.

We went by le shuttle, mainly because of what people told me on here about the boat. We didn't have to pay to take him over but were given a badge to hang from the mirror stating there was a pet on board. We were never checked or asked for any docs.

When we got to Switzerland they just waved us though.

Just make sure the cat has it's microchip and rabies jab. I stuck everything in a folder with our passports and stuff.

Also, when you get here you need to register the cat at the vets, I believe they also update the microchip info with the system over here!

Good luck :-)
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Just wondering... a few people here have said the blood test after the rabies jab is not necessary, but it's my understanding that it's to check the jab has worked, and if it hasn't they may have to have another one (FOF experience). So although it might not be strictly necessary in order to get the passport in the UK, for peace of mind (and probably cheaper vets bills) I would get it done in the UK, or at least do it when you get to Switzerland, i.e. in plenty of time before you want to return to the UK.
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