No matter in which country you want to take your velvet paw, you must observe the entry requirements for cats. Depending on the country of destination, these can be very different. Here is a brief overview of various regulations:
Which vaccinations does your cat need and is there a labeling requirement in the destination country? You should clear this and more before exploring the world with your velvet paw. It is also necessary to make certain arrangements depending on the chosen means of transport: travel by plane or by car? In any case, ensure sufficient safety while driving and prepare your cat in time for the stressful experience to travel more relaxed.
Travel within the European Union
Entry requirements for cats have been standardized in all EU countries since 2003. The most important requirement for your velvet paw to travel abroad is a valid rabies vaccination. Inform your veterinarian in good time when the vaccination must be performed in order to be recognized. The veterinarian is also the right person to talk about possible travel sicknesses.
Tip: Together with your veterinarian, assemble a first-aid kit for your velvet paw and the destination country.
Furthermore, your cat must be clearly identifiable - either through a tattoo or through a microchip under the skin. If your cat is not yet marked, a microchip is required. A tattoo is no longer sufficient since 3 July 2011. However, tattoos made before this date remain valid. You must also carry an EU pet passport. This is issued by the veterinarian and includes, among other things, the exact registration of the animal.
Entry requirements for cats outside the EU
For the non-member states of the EU individual entry requirements apply to cats, which can not be summarized uniformly. Often, for example, veterinary health or vaccination certificates must be provided; In most cases, the number of animals that you are allowed to import into the country is limited. Contact the country's consulate or embassy to get the exact entry requirements for cats.
Plan your return trip with a cat from third countries
Also remember that the return journey with a cat from third countries to Germany is a lot more complicated. For example, three months before re-entry, a blood test must be performed in an EU-approved laboratory to confirm your cat's health. Again, you should definitely inform yourself in detail, preferably at the Foreign Office.