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16 Mar 2008 00:00 by Redjoemw Star rating in Huercal Overa .... 49 posts Send private message

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Hi .... need advice xx

What is the best way to travel with cats ?

Are there special carriers for the car or should you let them be loose ?





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19 Mar 2008 19:04 by jencoo Star rating in east Yorkshire/ Daya.... 131 posts Send private message

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I would definately not let them loose in the car whilst travelling. They could spook and cause you the driver to lose concentration etc. You need to get a cage for them to travel in,with enough room to allow them to stretch now and then.

I made ours a cage to travel in with room for litter tray and twin level seating so ours can decide whether to view from the top or hide away underneath. Its quite big but our cat travels well in it all the way down from the Uk to Costa Blanca.

Cages are available from most pet places in a variety of sizes, and the vet will advise you when you are getting passports sorted.





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28 Apr 2008 13:43 by SpanishLinda Star rating in Nueva Andalucia. 44 posts Send private message

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I flew my cats over from Malaga to Gatwick as it seemed the quickest way to minimise their pain!  Monarch and BA operate "pet flights" where they are taken from you at the airport to a veterinary centre and you don't see them again until you arrive in Spain.

It's worth going on to the BA website to see what the statutory sizes are for cat carriers.  As long as anything you buy is  IATA approved the cats can travel in them.  I purchased some manufactured by a company called Ferplast (which you can either purchase or order from a good UK pet shop) and they are very sturdy with locking catches and very strong gates.


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28 Apr 2008 13:47 by morerosado Star rating in Guardamar del Segura.... 6927 posts Send private message

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28 Apr 2008 15:38 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1835 posts Send private message

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Roofrack????!!!!!!!!!!!

two of my neighbours brought cats with them from the UK and paid a fortune to do so,one ran off to live with the ferral cats in the pine woods and the other was last seen heading north........



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28 Apr 2008 16:31 by VickiT Star rating in Bournemouth. 121 posts Send private message

Don't be horrid Georgia!  Roofrack indeed...

Of course you would have to keep the cats indoors until they were totally at home with their surroundings and, to be honest, with the number of feral cats in Spain I'd be tempted (in fact I did) to keep my cats within the confines of the terrace or balcony.





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28 Apr 2008 16:39 by georgia Star rating in Algorfa (As seen on .... 1835 posts Send private message

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i wasn't being horrid,i would tie them down first..............

give me some credit........



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28 Apr 2008 17:07 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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"with the number of feral cats in Spain I'd be tempted (in fact I did) to keep my cats within the confines of the terrace or balcony."

Seriously, this is very sound advice, since FIV is rife here and infections are easily picked up by pets mixing with strays. I recently spoke to a vet from Uruaguay who moved to Spain with his two cats, and let them out as they were accustomed to roaming freely. Apparently FIV does not exist in S.America. Within months, both his cats were infected and died. And he's a VET.

I've heard catnip is good for helping cats deal with new surroundings and settling in.



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21 Jun 2008 16:53 by Luci&Col Star rating in Staffordshire. 29 posts Send private message

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Where and how do you get pet passports from? 

I have two cats and am planning on taking them to spain with me when i go.

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21 Jun 2008 17:36 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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Ask your vet.
Also check out the DEFRA website for info on pet travel:  http://www.defra.gov.uk/animalh/quarantine/index.htm


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21 Jun 2008 17:40 by Luci&Col Star rating in Staffordshire. 29 posts Send private message

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Thank you very much i will get on to that

Cheers. 

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22 Jun 2008 11:31 by Redjoemw Star rating in Huercal Overa .... 49 posts Send private message

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We got both our pet passports from our vet, the whole process took about 2 months.  The rabies vacine are valid for 3 years whilst in UK but vet said to jab cats each year when we move to Spain x



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22 Jun 2008 16:41 by Val Star rating in Pinar de Campoverde .... 160 posts Send private message

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They also need to be microchipped.  This is the only other requirement for entry into Spain other than the rabies vaccination.  The vet will then issue the pet passport. 

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22 Jun 2008 18:40 by Roberto Star rating in Torremolinos. 4534 posts Send private message

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If you ever plan to return to the UK with the cat(s), the rabies jab must be still valid, and as Redjoemw said, you must get a booster every year. (And not a day over a year, or you will have to go through the whole process of blood tests etc. again)


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