Bringing 2 pet cats from USA to STX
Moving to STX in a few weeks. Trying to decide best plan for 2 grown pet cats. I will welcome any feedback regarding successful (or not so successful) travel and relocation "adventures" involving cats. If it is best to find homes or shelters 🙁 and leave them behind, that's a hard choice, so please fill me in on any helpful ideas, advice, or suggestions. Cats don't adjust or adapt well to new environments, as we all probably know... And of course we need to find a pet friendly long-term rental.
we brought our one cat with us, you need all shots up to date with notice from vet. we took him as a carry ne, had to pay additional money for that about 100.. i was more comfortable with him as carry on than if he had been in cargo. he made not a sound for the whole trip.
I brought my cat from the US in March. The cats need travel papers from the Vet. I found a spray in Petco called "Pet Ease" it is supposed to help calm them and I used it for travel. The Vet also gave him a sedative to help keep him calm.
I also found it helpful to train the cat to get used to his carrier. I would take him for a ride each day and increase the time by 5 minutes each day. It helped him with being in the carrier. My cat is 7 and he is an indoor cat. He adjusted better than I could have hoped for. He walked around like he owned the place as soon as he stepped out of the carrier. Good luck with your travel!
Our cat took exactly 24 hours to adjust. He hid under a bed for the first day, then acted as if everything was perfectly normal! We installed a cat door in our screen door, made sure he was up to date on all shots, and he comes in and out as he pleases. Yours should be fine!
All three of our cats adjusted just fine... I'm sure the airplane ride was traumatic but I am equally sure that being without us, or being cast off to a shelter would be more traumatic. They are all happy, lazy, lizard eating island cats now.