What Cat Medications Do I Need To Bring During My Move Abroad?
Published on: April 21, 2016 | Author: Starwood Animal Transport
If you’re moving abroad, the only cat medications you’ll need to bring with you are ones your kitty takes for some chronic condition. You won’t need much, because your new vet can give you fresh prescriptions. But your cat will need a health work-up before she departs. The details will depend on what country you’re moving to.
Maybe your kitty needs only the basics – a health certificate and rabies certificate. More likely, she’ll need something more. That could include any or all of these vaccinations:
- Feline pan leukopenia (FPV)
- Feline rhinotracheitis (FHV-1)
- Feline calcivirus
It could also include treatment for pests and parasites such as fleas, ticks and worms. Some countries require two treatments prior to departure.
Not all countries accept three-year rabies vaccinations. So even if your cat’s certificate is still valid, she may need a booster to meet the required timeframe. And if you’re moving to a rabies-free country such as Australia, merely having proof of her vaccination is not enough. You’ll also have to prove the vaccine is working properly inside her body. That requires an antibody test called a blood titer, and it takes months to produce a result.
For destinations such as the United Kingdom, your cat will have to spend more time in lock-up (quarantine) if you don’t have all the proper documentation in hand. Most foreign countries actually reserve the right to send pets home if their paperwork isn’t in order. This is one of many reasons you should learn your destination country’s requirements as soon as you know you’ll be moving.
Every required document, inoculation, test, etc. has a specific timeframe associated with it. Typically these are stated as “at least X days before departure, but not more than Y days.” The timeframes differ, and some of them are pretty tight. Timing requirements can differ from one country to another, too.
This is yet another reason to learn what’s needed as soon as possible. You can boost your confidence in this process by using a calendar to track when you need to start and complete each task.
No tranquilizers for Kitty. We know you want her to be as calm as possible, but sedation makes pets less safe. Cats, especially, like to be in control. Drugs make her confused and uncoordinated, which takes away her control. That will frighten her, and she could even be hurt.
Health-related paperwork and other details
You will definitely need an International Health Certificate (UDSA APHIS Form 7001), signed by your veterinarian. Many countries require this document to be officially endorsed by the USDA veterinarian in your state. You may also need a country-specific health certificate or other import permit.
No matter where you’re going, cats traveling by air must have an airline-approved kennel. These are sturdier and more secure than the carrier you probably use to take her to the vet. She’ll have plenty of room and ventilation to be comfortable, she’ll be able to see out, but even her toes and nose will be safely tucked inside.
All pets traveling internationally must have a microchip that is AVID 9, AVID 10 or ISO compliant. The number must appear on your cat’s rabies certificate, so if her microchip is new, she’ll need a booster to meet this requirement.
There is no such thing as starting too early to research what kind of medications your cat will need for her move. If you discover you’re headed to an “easy” country, you can rejoice knowing you will need only minimal paperwork. You can focus on the myriad other details of preparing for an international move. (Just don’t forget to fulfill your kitty’s necessary tasks, too.)
If you discover you’re headed to a country with complex pet health requirements, you’ll know what needs to be done, and you’ll have time to get it done. If only the rest of your planning could go so smoothly.
Of course there’s another way to feel even more confident and at ease – let your international pet transport company handle all of kitty’s documentation. Although it is technically possible to plan and execute your cat’s move entirely on your own, this is a time-consuming and frustrating process. Figuring out what medications are needed is just the beginning. And the risk of making a mistake or overlooking some detail is high. Besides, many destination countries require you to use a professional shipper.
Taking full advantage of expert services saves time and eliminates fear of mistakes. Your kitty’s travel plans will be as efficient and comfortable as possible. And if there’s a glitch along the way, unlikely as that may be, she will have a professional on call to handle things on her behalf. That’s worth a long, loud purr.
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