This comprehensive guide contains the most current information available, but it is titled “Keeping Up” for a reason – things change in the world and in the world of pet travel. We will update this guide periodically as airlines change their policies or if key information changes regarding paperwork, vaccinations, service animals, crates, etc., found in the following chapters.
Any overseas relocation that includes family pets will be challenging. Pet travel adds considerably to your to-do list because it can be convoluted, confusing, and time-consuming. On top of that, every pet parent is naturally concerned about how your furry beloved will weather the journey. Could it get any more complicated?
No matter what kind of pet you have or where you’re moving overseas, the will be paperwork. Probably lots of it. Foreign countries naturally want to be sure your pet is healthy – not bringing pests or disease that could infect local populations of pets or wildlife. So, you need paperwork to confirm your cat is, indeed, a good candidate for immigration. However, things are more complex for flat-faced cats and dogs.
Pet parents and pet lovers are coming to grips with the fact that flat-faces may be cute, but they also pose serious breathing and other health concerns for cats and dogs. Travel can make pets anxious, especially cats, which only makes the problems worse.
Many parts of Lisbon are intensely urban, so your high-rise kitty may be limited to your balcony for ventures into the fresh air. On the other hand, there are plenty of neighborhoods with private homes and leafy backyards where your feline friend can join you to take in the warm sunshine or find a shady spot.