Taking a cat to America from the UK: A guide for pet owners

Moving with a pet can be a daunting task. However, our experienced pet transportation team organises around 150-180 flights for pets per month, so you can rest assured that your four-legged friend is in good hands. It’s why we’re one of the top pet couriers UK. North America is one of our most popular destinations when it comes to our pet transport service. With plenty of direct flights across the UK to many of the major U.S cities, America cat travel is fairly simple. From arranging cat passports, to putting cats on a plane, we know all there is to know about shipping cats overseas and taking a cat to America.

What documentation does my cat need?

Taking a cat to America is fairly uncomplicated in terms of required documentation. Cats and dogs don’t need a permit to enter the United States. They will require a rabies vaccination card, which can be issued by your veterinarian when your pet receives a rabies vaccination. This will be valid for as long as the vaccinations are up to date.

Will my cat need any vaccinations?

No, your cat will not need any vaccinations before travelling to America. The U.S Government classes the UK as being rabies-free. However, if your pet does not have a rabies vaccination, you will be required to sign a confinement agreement. This states that your pet must be kept away from other animals for at least 30 days following a rabies vaccination. The rules vary from state to state so it is worth checking the law for the region you will be travelling to. You will need to visit your veterinarian to obtain a health certificate, stating that your cat is fit and well enough to fly.

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How will my cat travel on the plane?

Your cat will travel in a heated and pressurised hold area on the plane. They will be in a custom made crate that will give them enough room to move around comfortably. Unfortunately, your cat cannot travel with toys as these pose a choking hazard. We will supply all the necessary bedding required to make your cat comfortable. However, if you would like to include a small item (like a towel or t-shirt) that smells like home then this is acceptable. 

What happens when my cat arrives in America?

We can recommend an agent that will arrange for your pet to be collected when they land. They will then arrange transportation to your new home. Alternatively, you can collect your cat from the cargo area yourself. We will provide you with tracking information and contact details for handling agents at the airport. This will allow you to discuss collection arrangements with them directly. You will need to go through customs to complete some paperwork before being allowed to collect them.

For more information on taking pets to the USA and to get started today, see our dedicated page here.

Sat Feb 25 2023