Nilla is about four years old and was given to us as a kitten by a local friend. She is a good hunter and loves to eat geckos. Being the good outdoor cat that she is, we haven’t had any snakes or mice in our house. She is also our daughter’s pet and we can’t part without her. It is certainly more convenient for mom and dad to leaver her in a familiar environment that is warm and full of geckos. But, when children are about to be uprooted, it is worth the time and money to take their most precious items (and pets) so that they will not be parting with everything they know to be familiar and loved. Here are the steps we’re taking to take Nilla with us:
- We Have Checked Out Our Airline’s Information: Most or all airlines have information on pet travel on their websites. We are flying on United. Here is the link to their page: Traveling with Animals on United. Cats are small enough to be able to travel in-cabin or as check-in luggage. I worry about people with cat allergies, though.
- We are Aware of the Type of Kennel We Need: Your airline information page should give you specifics on what sizes to look for and what types of kennels are approved. The kennel on the picture is not an approved one; therefore, we now have the task of looking for an appropriate one. Check this site for more specifics: Pet Container Requirements.
- We Have Checked for Our Country’s Regulations on Importing Animals: There are few regulations for importing a cat or a dog into the USA. But always check and ask about specific breeds or types of animals. It may be illegal to remove certain animal species from a country. Check the Center for Disease Control to become informed about your pet’s entry into the USA. Their website is: CDC: Bringing Animals to the USA
- We Will Get the appropriate vaccines: We will need to get Nilla vaccinated for Rabies. We know that she will be inspected at our port of entry and are aware she may not be allowed in. But we are hoping for the best. If you are moving to the USA, you can search for information on your specific state requirements for Rabies’ vaccination. Here is a site with a table for state Rabies laws: Rabies Vaccine Requirements for States.
- We Will Fill Out the Airline’s Request Form: United has a .pdf fillable request form that we need to submit. Check out your airlines’ request form for pet travel. In it, you give details on the pet, its weight, kennel dimensions, port of exit and entry, etc. After you submit the form, you will be contacted regarding space availability and payment.
- We are Aware of Our Local Pet Relocation Services: There are also companies who help you take your pet where it needs to go. Most, if not all, offer door to door service. Search online for one in your area. We found one for our area: Panama Pet Relocation Services.
I hope this helps you have a better idea of what you need to do to take your pet to its new home with you and your loved ones. Our next step will be to find a house to rent that has a garage or shed where we can get Nilla used to her new environment and climate.
Do you have any other advice on pet travel? Have you taken your pet in-cabin with you? What kind of kennel would you recommend for in-cabin travel?
Have a safe journey, both you and your pet!