What's your kittens idea of a nice break?

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Everyone loves a holiday. Or do they? Many cats really don't like travelling, but if they get used to it from an early age it's not normally a problem. Lots of holiday destinations are pet-friendly, so make enquiries before you make any plans.

She might be happier at home

Before you take your kitten away with you, you'll need to assess her ability to travel. If she's not completely well, travelling could be very stressful so it would be better to leave her at home and arrange for someone to look after her during your absence. Even if your kitten is healthy and you don't plan to take her away with you, having a pet sitter to live in your home is ideal, since this causes the least disruption to your kitten's life. Merely asking someone pop in to feed her twice a day is not sufficient. Kittens shouldn't be without human company for more than a few hours, so you'll need to arrange full-time care for her. If this isn't possible, book her in at a reputable, friendly and well-staffed boarding kennel or cattery.

Whether your kitten is staying at home, going to a cattery or accompanying you, make sure that her vaccinations dare up to date and that you've allowed sufficient time for them to take effect before your departure. Your kitten might be a little quiet for a day or two after a vaccination, so travelling at this time would be unwise. Flea treatment should be up to date, as should insurance - and make sure that your policy covers travel.

The Pet Travel Scheme (UK specific travel legislation section)

With the introduction of the Pet Travel Scheme, you can now take your pet to certain EU countries without her having to be quarantined after your return. Check out the DEFRA website (www.defra.gov.uk) for the latest information, but as a rule, you'll need to follow this checklist:

 

  1. Your kitten must be fitted with a microchip so she can be identified. Talk to your vet about this easy procedure - you'll need to wait until she's about five to six months old.

  2. Your kitten's vaccinations must be up to date.

  3. After the rabies vaccination, your kitten will need a blood test to make sure she has an adequate level of protection

  4. You will need an EU pet passport. Look on the DEFRA website for how to obtain one.

  5. You must arrange approved transport for your pet, on an authorised route. You can talk to your travel operator about the options.

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