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Old 01.09.2010, 13:42
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Bringing cat from UK

Hi,

I am new to the forum and have had a look about bringing our cat. We are moving over at the end of October. I can see that we need to sort out a pet passport, although not entireley sure what this entails. We have had him chipped and he needs to now be rabies jabbed....I THINK 31 days before we come. I was just wondering if there is anyone here that came from the UK and used either Le Shuttle or the ferry and how they did it? do you have to book the cat on or something?

Any help or advice would be appreciated!

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Re: Bringing cat from UK

We brought our cat over from the UK in May and used Eurotunnel. Your vet can talk you through how the pet passport works but it's fairly straightforward: the first step is the microchip and then the rabies shot. The vet then has to take a blood test to check the rabies shot has worked (I think 2-4 weeks after the vaccination). Assuming all is OK the passport can be issued straightaway (they even take a photo of your cat to go on there which I initially thought was a joke!).

As far as Eurotunnel was concerned all we had to do when travelling out here was to let them know we were bringing a cat - no additional cost or checks, and in fact no one checked the cat's passport at all despite our going through quite a few borders... I think there is a cost and more checks going back to the UK though. The drive was long here to Ticino (about 13 hours) and the cat wasn't happy but still glad we kept her in the car with us rather than flying her over (and as a bonus no real cost apart from the pet passport).
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Old 01.09.2010, 15:43
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Hi we brought ours over on the Ferry, where they have a "pet hotel"- this was on the Newcastle _Amsterdam run- poor wee things were looking a wee bit sea sick by the time we got there
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Old 01.09.2010, 15:47
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

taking the cat out of the uk is simple, you don't need anything at all.

taking the cat back into the uk is when you need the pet passport and eurotunnel will charge you a bit extra to check all the paperwork. when your going back you need to take the cat to a local vet for flea and tick treatment and get them to stamp the passport 24 hours before the crossing and your good to go. There is a time limit between the rabies jab and when your allowed to go back to the uk.

You also need to keep the rabies jabs upto date of course.

plently of threads about it on here, probably better off searching for dog pet passport or bringing your dog to switzerland, its the same MO for dogs, cats and ferrits.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

This should give you info regarding the Swiss import rules.
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Old 01.09.2010, 18:10
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Fantastic! Thanks for all your help!
We have had to move him around the UK a bit, he is cool with travelling as long as we leave his box open and stroke him every so often he is cool, its when you shut it you have problems. Will get the pheremone spray etc, have used the plug in when we have taken him to a new place and he is happy as larry!
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Old 06.09.2010, 19:39
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I am REALLY p**sed off now!
I don't know if it is sufficient posting on here or writing a new thread.

I was told in Manchester that the cat will need to be brought in a month before we leave to get his rabies jab. Now I am being told something completely different down here. A pet passport takes six months, the rabies jab (£50) has to be done, then a month later a blood test (£70) to check if it has taken and then six months later something else. Also need to get booster jabs, deflea and de worm (even though he is an indoor cat) all comes to about 300 quid! I don't mind as its in his interests.

The vet over the phone today has told me to ring petcare tomorrow who do the pet passports (which are another £55)

I checked on the P&O website and they say that the cat has to have a pet passport and we have to pay £15 for them to put him in a kennel on the boat when we cross. Again, fine by me, but we are leaving in 7 weeks (me thinking I would get it sorted early before the 30 days). So if it does really rake 6 months, then I am screwed, how do I bring the cat there?

Bit worried now.....any advice? PLEASE don't say put him in a wheelie bin as I have heard it several times today.....
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Old 06.09.2010, 19:51
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Hi,

I brought my cat over from the UK last summer. I didn't know I was coming 6 months before I came... so I can say 100% that that is not correct.

What I had to do was have her chipped and vaccinated against rabies, and then go back for the blood test a month later. Then she got her passport and could travel etc.

But what I was told is that it was 6 months after the blood test before she would be allowed BACK into the UK. I think I would have had to have another blood test done, but I'm not sure.

So my answer is you can bring your kitty, no problem, but if you want to take him back to the UK you will have to wait for 6 months... or put him in quarantine.

Hope that helps.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I am not 100 % sure but I think the 6 months is necessary if you want to go back with the cat to the UK. I brought my dog from Sweden less than 2 months ago and since Sweden and UK are both so called rabies free countries they have different rules than other countries. Sweden for example have the rule that it need to be at least 120 days before you check with a blood sample that your dog/cat have antibodies against rabies. But they also told me that I could go to Switzerland the day after I took the rabies shoot but the problem is if I want to return BUT an alternative was that I could take the blood sample in Switzerland after 120 days. I choose to take my blood sample in Sweden though because if that had showed that my dog didn't have the necessarly amount of antibodies then he could never return to Sweden which we will. Good luck to you and your cat!!
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Lifad,

Your vet should have all the relevant information, we brought two cats and a dog over, we just followed his advice and everything ran smoothly.

I would recommend if you are traveling by ferry and leaving the cat in the car to speak to the guys in the hold, let them know that the animal is there, especially if the journey is overnight, they give you water and don't harass you as a potential thief if you make many trips back and forth to comfort them.

Have a pleasant furry trip

Regards

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Old 06.09.2010, 20:19
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

That's made me feel a lot better! Thank you!
Trouble is I have had three different vets tell me three different things, hence my confusion and now concern!
I am going to ring the number I have been given but it seems to make more sense that he has the rabies jab a month before going and then a subsequent test to ensure it has taken.
Re the ferry, they actually put them in their container in a 'kennel' for the duration of the trip, its only an hour crossing from Dover to Calais, so I am not too worried about him there, its just the authorities at crossing.
I saw some people here say they drove through and had no issues, not even a check of this pet passport, I just don't want to risk it as it would be my luck that they do check and then we have issues.

Thanks all for your advice!
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Old 07.09.2010, 18:20
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Just thought I would let you all know....and for future reference.
I called the PETS scheme which Switzerland and the UK are part of. They confirmed that he needs a rabies jab and then can be issued with a pet passport, no blood tests or delicing, deticking, jabs etc needed UNLESS we want to come back into the UK within six months. That's it!

The rabies jab has to be done 21 full days before leaving!

Booked in for Monday! one less thing to worry about!
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Old 07.09.2010, 21:49
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

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.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Hi, well i just bought my two cats over from the uk in July and to be honest it is not anywhere as bad as people make it out to me. Forst of all they need to be chipped, then they have a rabbies jab, three weeks later they take a blood test then depending on how good your vet is thats it if it comes back clear he stamps ur pet passport. The only thing is u can take you cat to switzerland or anywhere else in the eu but they cannot retuyrn to the uk for six months from when they had the tests done.

After i got their passports booked my flight with swiss air and then called then to confirm i had a pet to take on board. A cat gets to go on the flight with u as they weigh less than 8kgs. Then once you land here in switzerland you go and declare them with customs and they scan the chip and stamp the passport.

Really and truelly thats all it took. PM me if you need any other help

Oh and i forgot to add they dont need the blood test done for switzerland so once you have the jab u can bring them then, its just if you want to take them back to the uk that you need the bloods done.

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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Hi - I drove my two cats over after following the approach that the others have mentioned above, chips, jabs etc. The only advice I would have is to recommend the chunnel instead of the plane or ferry. I have friends with real horror stories about the treatment of pets in planes and experience of noisy ferries.

The chunnel was great, the cats stayed in the car so were happy in their normal environment. We had no problem at any border we passed on the way.

The only other thought would be for an extra long journey we bought a really big dog carrier to give them space and room for food and litter tray etc.

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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I haven't heard anyone mention going to the vet the day before you fly with the cat and getting their passport stamped with a 'fit to fly' stamp. I had to do this no more than 24hrs before the journey to make sure Oscar was 100% healthy. (This was in addition to having his blood checked a month after his jab.)

I flew with Lufthansa, with Oscar in the cabin with me.....even though he(plus his carry case) was tipping the scales at just slightly over the 8kg weight limit. The girls at the check-in were so excited to see a cat going on a journey that they didn't even charge me for travelling with him!
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

we drove over 2 months ago and i have 2 bernese mountain dogs Large breed. If you are planning on liviing here then you dont need any passport through france or switzerland the passport is uk requirments for when you go back into the uk border. My dogs are going through the process here it takes 6 months. My last Bernese had a passport as we travel uk to switzerland regular.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I agree with post about the ferry. I drove from Dublin to Zurich with my two babies. The ferry was the worst part. They were so scared. They were very happy in the car and the drive is ok, just straight roads mostly. Just make sure you have all the jabs and passport, although saying that they never asked me for passports even been to vet (one was hit by car soon after we arrived). One sleeping on window and the other on couch (too wet today). Well worth every penny.
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

Hi
I can tell you exactly what the situation is because my BF was offered a job literally 6 weeks before we arrived, so the 6 month things is balls...

get yourself to a vet who knows what they are talking about...

first thing is make sure he is up to date with all normal jabs and vacs.
then, get him the rabies jab, which should be around £35, then 21 days after he had that, get his bloods taken and sent to DEFRA, who then are ALLOWED to take 5 weeks to give the results, but mine came back in 6 days.
they must verify that the antibody levels are high enough.
once the DEFRA results are in, the passport can be issued, provided
1) the micrpchip is readable on the day and they record his number
2) all vaccines are up to date
3) the DEFRA result was all good

the 6 month thing is to take a pet BACK TO THE UK, (crossing the water basically)

we travelled with 1 dog and 3 cats on the eurotunnel, as they stay in the car and dont get stressed, and it also costs £0 to take them out of the country on the Eurotunnel, it is is £15 to go back because animal welfare have to check the passport etc.
and although you can never rely on this, their passports were not even checked at all in any of the 3 countries we crossed borders with.

if you need any more info, PM me or reply here....
hope this is useful
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Re: Bringing cat from UK

I read some more of the replies.... just remember 1 thing, and this is the reason we refuse to EVER go by ferry... IF something happened, and the ferry was in trouble and sinking... you are NOT permitted to go below deck and collect your furry friends from cars or kennel holds... therefore we always go channel tunnel so they are with us in the car and can be taken with us.... we love them too much to consider travelling on a methond of transport that we could have to literally send them to their death ! no way P&O
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