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    Default Options for cats - moving overseas

    We have planned to move overseas next year for a while to spend time with family due to family health problems. The only issue is we have two cats and currently looking into our options. We're not sure how long we will go for by should be a minimum of 6 months. Additional info - we own our home and will be looking to rent it out for the duration of our trip.

    Options so far include:
    - moving them with us (slightly reluctant as we don't know how long we will be gone for, also could be traumatic for them, may affect what we can rent overseas and it's an expensive process)
    - renting them with the house (if we had friends / friends of friends that are willing to take care of them in exchange for slightly cheaper rent)
    - some sort of long term fostering arrangement. (Not sure if this even exists?)

    Has anyone got any advice or experience in a similar situation? I don't want to give them up but scared of the upheaval of an overseas move will have on them.

    Definitely don't want to surrender them as it's effectively signing their death warrant (or so I've been told). So far no friends and families are interested in taking them on but will keep asking.

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    Have you looked into putting them in a cattery?

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    I agree with not taking them. The hassle of testing, vaccines and quarantine may not be worth it. I like the idea of renting out the house complete with cats. Maybe your local animal welfare group would have someone willing to rent it?

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    I had this problem when we moved house and went away for 3 months. We contacted an animal shelter and asked if they would look after our cat for a fee while we were away/moving etc (would have been 12 months as we couldn't take our cat with us to the new house). They agreed to take him on, as long as we paid for his expenses, we also offered to give them a donation in addition to expenses paid. We actually ended up having a neighbour look after him for around 4-5 months, and then our circumstances changed and we were able to take him back in with us.

    If you have a friendly neighbour, perhaps approach them, or contact your local animal shelter and see if they can help out for a little while. Good luck with it.

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    Unless you are moving permanently then don't take them. It's lots of hassle for you and them. When we moved from the uk to oz we left our cats in the uk for a year with friends before we brought them out and that worked well

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    Yes you can get them fostered long term...cat rescue organizations have foster homes all over aus. Best way to find one near you is to look up cats/kittens on the 'pet rescue' website, click on a pic and see if it's with a rescue and give them a call.

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    We just moved to London in October and brought our two cats with us, no quarantine as long as they have their rabies shots 25 days before they arrive (fairly certain this was with all EU countries and States would be similar or easier). There's no tests, they have a normal checkup and regular annual vaccinations plus rabies. We used JetPets and they made the whole process super easy, definitely recommend them as other people picking up their pets that hadn't used an agency were having to wait hours and problems with paperwork, etc., whereas we just walked up at the time JetPets told us to and had them within 15 minutes. Even an Irish guy who had come from OZ but used a different agency that was cheaper had problems. Fairly certain from OZ you have to use an agency as airlines won't let you do it on your own (from the states you can).

    They weren't traumatized, I was probably way more worried than I needed to be about them. They were naturally a little weary and scared when we picked them up from Heathrow but got over it very quickly and were fully themselves within 1-2 days. They are definitely themselves now!!!

    I recently did a check about bringing them back to OZ and quarantine rules are changing this month and in full effect by February. Pets that have gone through the proper process will only have to spend 10 days quarantined rather than 30. So coming back with them isn't too bad now.

    We will definitely be here for two years but don't know where we'll go after that (whether we'll stay, go back to OZ or move to the States), leaving them behind just wasn't an option for me as I felt somebody else just wouldn't care for them like I would and we don't know if we'll be returning.

    If you have a friend you trust interested in renting your house and looking after them and you know you're coming back within a year I would probably do that. But if you think you may stay longer or maybe even indefinitely then I would look into taking them.

    Let me know if you have any questions about relocating them.
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    Depending on where you are going it may not actually be that difficult, nor expensive unless you are going somewhere that requires lots of stopovers or expensive pre-arrival testing. You can pay specialist companies or, in some places, do it yourself. Jetpets get good reviews for difficult countries, but in our case (we were coming from SE Asia) it was easier to do it ourselves and cost half the price quoted by Jetpets. The return to Australia used to be the most difficult/time-consuming/expensive part of a round-trip, but as Holly points out above, the rules are changing, so hopefully that will no longer be the case.

    The only proviso I would add is that your animals must be content to be away from you at a stressful time. I've seen some colleagues animals really traumatised by repeat moves.

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    Doing it on your own is definitely cheaper but fairly certain that's not an option leaving Australia. The airlines we looked into said no and referred us to agencies.

    It's expensive ($3400 for both-- but quotes vary on how much tickets are, countries, etc) but I felt worth the peace of mind that everything was done properly. But our circumstances were made easier by the fact that DH's work paid a portion of it.

    My impression was that the countries that don't have rabies (Australia, UK-which wasn't too bad, Japan?) were the more difficult countries to relocate to and the others are fairly easy.
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