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Relocating cats - cheapest/best option??       started by immy on 24 Dec 2005   (6074)
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From immy

24 Dec 2005 3:47 AM
(24957)
Has anyone got any information about taking a cat to Perth. Singapore airlines don't seem to take pets to Perth. Are there any other ways of doing it without using the highly expensive agents. If using an agent which ones are the best or most reasonably priced. Any comments gratefully accepted
From steveandclare

To immy

24 Dec 2005 4:18 AM
(24959)
doing it yourself is a minefield and most airlines won't let you do it yourself because of all the paperwork. depends where you are, we used ryslip kennels in bracknell, cost us about
From immy

To steveandclare

24 Dec 2005 6:43 PM
(24970)
Thanks for the reply, Did that
From AlanG

To immy

24 Dec 2005 7:16 PM
(24973)
We rang most of the major airlines and they would not touch our dogs unless they were coming from an agent. It is more to do with Australia than the agents, they are so strict as to what can and cannot come into the country and therefore do not allow you to transport your own animal. Go on the BA website, go to cargo and then animals and it explains it here, then ring them yourself for confirmation as I don't think the policy has changed at all. Good Luck. Alan & Sonia
From steveandclare

To immy

24 Dec 2005 7:17 PM
(24974)
we looked into doing it ourselves and it was something like
From JasonG

To immy

24 Dec 2005 7:45 PM
(24978)
Hi immy Now i dont want this to sound bad but you need to also think about what is best for your cat. We have a lovely cat who we got through the RSPCA, he was misstreated and needed a new home. We have had Caffery for 9 years and our 2 daughters have grown up with him and we all love him to bits. However due his age and the fact that we feel the whole process of getting to Perth will be too stressful for him we have decided that Caff will stay put in the UK with our good friends who have offered him a loving home, this is one of the hardest things we have had to do but it is the best for Caff. So what i am trying to say is you have to do what is best for your pet be it a cat or dog and that does not necessarily mean taking them with you. I hope that you can take your cat because we are going to miss Caff so much his is a big part of our family. J.
From immy

To JasonG

27 Dec 2005 8:55 PM
(25017)
Thanks for all the advice everyone. It does seem as though the agents have it all stitched up doesn't it...just another way to part us from our money in the process of getting to Australia. To Jason, thanks for the thoughts and yes we have explored the option of rehoming at length. The problem is that no one wants the cat who I feel can offer him the right environment and I am not prepared to put him in a cattery and not know whether they are going to put him down because he can't be rehomed. An animal is a committment and I don't feel that we can just abandon him and not know where he is going to end up. Of course if we had friends or family to take him I would take this option but he is only 5 years old and very attached to me and I feel that he would be happier staying with me wherever I am in the world. Just like a child really!!
From creese

To immy

27 Dec 2005 9:55 PM
(25019)
Hi We have two cats to re-home. We've looked into taking them, but just for the jabs, pet passport it came to just over
From immy

To creese

29 Dec 2005 1:16 AM
(25045)
Thanks for the message. This decision feels like one of the hardest I have had to make. I love my cat and he is very much part of the family but I also feel that it would be kinder to leave him here in a territory that he knows. There don't seem to be many posts about transporting cats on the discussion board (mainly dogs) which makes you feel that you are not doing the right thing if you take them and of course it is very expensive. The system seems to be more set up for tranporting a dog. Also, there is no guarantee that you are going to get a place in the only quarantine station in Perth which makes the administration a bit of nightmare with or without an agent. Hope you manage to make a good decision though, I know that I will find it difficult whichever way we go on this one.
From yvey53

To immy

12 Jan 2006 11:20 PM
(25743)
my two cats have just arrived at byford quarantine perth. we used airpets who were fantastic cost was 1100 for the two and included everything except vaccinarions and delivery to cattery but they have always been quick to answer any questions and i would not hesitate to recommend them. we too went through re-homing etc but they are part of the family and after contacting byford i was assured that the majority of animals adjust well to the travelling. hope this helps and best of luck.
From steveandclare

To yvey53

13 Jan 2006 10:41 AM
(25776)
Immy We already posted about the costs etc but please don't worry about how your cat will cope. One of our cats is quite nervous & generally opens his bladder when he sees the cat box so we were v worried about how he'd travel! Turns out they were both fine, they weren't at all how I thought they'd be when we saw them in the quarantine for first time, both a bit sulky & wide eyed but in good health. When we went to collect them after the 4 weeks they were both so fat & their coats were better then ever had been (but full of fleas), they refused to come down from the climbing frames they have in the kennel & we thought we'd have to get a ladder in! We've had no problem getting a rental either. They love it here, we do keep them in at night at the moment but they seem to have adjusted v well & love the fact that they can go out without getting soaked or windswept, we hardly see them at all during the day! I had same worries as you, we treat them like babies & I felt terrible when we sent them off for their flight but I honestly think it was worse for us rather then them!
From clementd

To steveandclare

04 Feb 2006 4:30 AM
(27104)
Hi, Do any of you know if there is an age limit for when a cat can be taken to Aus? We have a 14 year old cat, who is still very healthy, but I was wondering. Thanks,
From steveandclare

To clementd

04 Feb 2006 4:31 PM
(27123)
no age limit, just needs to pass the medical checks
From garyw

To steveandclare

04 Feb 2006 7:59 PM
(27128)
There will be a caterwauling from cat-lovers here, but I for one would vote to keep cats out of Australia. Dogs are fine, but cats kill native species. As for cheapest option - couple of breeze blocks and a plastic sack should do it. (now we will find out who the politically correct social worker types are lol)
From steveandclare

To garyw

04 Feb 2006 8:49 PM
(27130)
you shall be treated with the disdain you deserve.
From cazandy1

To garyw

04 Feb 2006 8:50 PM
(27131)
i know i should,nt but i had to giggle at that one shshshhh
From shazpinkcat

To yvey53

05 Feb 2006 5:19 AM
(27147)
Hiya, Just read your message and it was great to know its not just me who is a softy! I am just beginning the process of migrating, but I am trying to get all the information possible. Like you I have two cats which me and my family adore. They are only three years old and we have had them since they were kittens. Have your cats adjusted or are they still in quarantine (how long do they have to be in quarentine. Thanks Sharon
From steveandclare

To shazpinkcat

06 Feb 2006 12:49 AM
(27186)
we have been here 5 months now and our cats have adjusted fine. There was no way we were going to leave our two in the UK as we got knew we were going to Oz when we got them from the cats protection league. They aren't a heavy threat to native species although we did have a couple of small birds in the first couple of weeks we were in our last rental. That seems to have passed now and we haven't had anything left by the back door for several months Quarantine is 30 days and you can visit them regularly. We sent them a couple of weeks before we went so that we could pick them up just after we got here. Steve
From shazpinkcat

To steveandclare

06 Feb 2006 2:03 AM
(27193)
Hiya, Steve and Clare, Thanks for that my mind is definately made up and they are coming with us. Thanks Sharon
From Chantelle

To shazpinkcat

06 Feb 2006 3:58 PM
(27236)
Hi all, we're relocating to Perth from South Africa in July and we have 2 large dogs of 11 years and 2 cats of 2 years. I just want to let you know how lucky you are to pay out about
From steveandclare

To Chantelle

06 Feb 2006 10:24 PM
(27260)
I totally agree, which is why we would never have left our cats - we took them on knowing that we were emigrating and it would have been unfair to have kept them for 3 years, made them part of our family and then abandoned them. They love it here as much as we do Steve
From winnie

To steveandclare

14 Feb 2006 1:17 AM
(27588)
hi, steve and clare we are emmigrating jan 07 and have 2 cats that we want to take with us. we dont want a cheap option but the cats need to be looked after properly we have searched for a lot of info on the net but come up with very little. did you come from GB if so who did you use ect. can you help ease our minds regarding the long flight ect as the cats are more like kids to my partner ! thanks . sue and roy
From steveandclare

To winnie

14 Feb 2006 1:52 AM
(27590)
Edit: Ryslip cattery near Bracknell, they were fantastic. Byford is the place here in Perth where they put them in quarantine
From aussiegirl

To garyw

24 Jan 2007 9:08 AM
(50516)
Thats a pretty sick thing to say, I would like to show you the same curtisey you show to cats by shovin you in a bag with a couple of breeze blocks. I know I would be doin a lot of people a favour by doin this!!
From mattthebutcher

To aussiegirl

24 Jan 2007 9:26 AM
(50517)
you would do a lot of people a favour by treating a post wrote a year ago with the sarcasm with which it was written austalia is an island with a unique ecosystem, but all these imigrants feel we can introduce our pets, even if they are not native species, to this island with no impact get real matt
From Strickland

To immy

24 Jan 2007 1:12 PM
(50525)
Hi, We've brought our 15 year old cat to Perth!! We used pets on the move as they had n office in the north west of england. The cost was