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#1 May 9th, 2005, 17:21
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I have searched on the site for any information on pet cats in india but not a lot of information. Perhaps you guys move around too much to worry about that sort of thing. However I and my wife will move to Chennai on a three year contract and would like to know if its ok to ship the family cat as well.

Is there any kind of bad feeling towards cats in India. Is pet food available in the local stores etc...No problem with import i know and the amaimal has all the shots required.

Any info would be appreciated .. The last thing i Want is to take the animal where it would be in danger from humans or would be mis-treated.
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Cats are not welcome in India. They are considered bad omen...something bad will come ur way if a cat crosses ur way etc etc...

Go thru this thread. You may find it useful.

There are vets and food is also available in most big cities. But u have to live with people saying all sorts of nasty things abut cats...they are so lovely creatures though.

However, if you are not bothered by "what people say" types and ur landlord is okay with the idea. Then do go ahead...
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Importing pets into India is a hassle and often you end up paying a lot of money to have them cleared. I considered moving my Dogs to India and was warned against it by the people at the Indian consulate here as well as several vet's and exporters.
The problems usually start when you arrive in India and you are totally at the mercy of the people handling your case. They tend to demand money or hold the pet for weeks.

I was told that contacts could be made on the Indian side before you fly over and the prices etc can be fixed. I did not bother trying as after I moved to india I noticed that the selection of dog food available was poor and the vets were that good either.
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There are stray dogs in every street, and nobody will care if one of them chooses your cat for lunch.
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I have never seen a dog (including my spitz) catch up with a cat!!!
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Hi

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At my place in Shimla I have 8 cats ... 4 black, 2 ginger and 2 brown .... People dislike it a lot .. But I love them ... there is problem for buying good pet food in Shimla so we have to suffice with meat and porridge .... they are lovely creatures and as much as they are considered to be an omen in our country I think they are jsut as well living with us .... dont bother too much .... I know you cant leave your pet behind for all what people say ....
Trivia ... In nagpur cats are worshipped (The Black ones) ....
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Have lived in Nagpur for over 23 years .... be4 i moved to Mumbai , Never even heard of anything like Cats being worshipped ........... its a city where Nags are worshipped, you can see the Nag emblem everywhere even on the Railway station, but cats never heard of anything like that.
If it is really true let me know more, i'll check up next time i go there maybe in next 2 weeks time.

About cat food, yeah you can get that in all big cities, you can even get imported brands (esp from Australia)
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One thing I'd take into consideration is traffic and centipedes and the likes. Depends how street-/jungle-wise your cat is at home I guess. Getting run over during the course of three years' worth of a happy life with you as opposed to three years being away from you is also a consideration though. Shit happens.
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I'd strongly recommend you leave your feline companion with a family member or other trusted friends. In most places cats seemed to me to be considered vermin and are not treated well at all. The idea of animal-as-member-of-the-family is far more common in the U.S. than it is in India.

If you have to bring your cat with you, be prepared to 1) not see her for a long time as the cat will be held up by the folks who will only see $$$ when you ask for your pet, and 2) keep the cat indoors when you are finally able to reclaim her.

Seriously, though, find a loving foster family at home in the U.S. for the three years you'll be away.
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Originally Posted by soulstation Cats are not welcome in India. They are considered bad omen...something bad will come ur way if a cat crosses ur way etc etc.
why is this? I would think cats would be looked upon more favorably as mice catchers, rat catchers, etc.
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Please do not bring your cat to India. People going to India receive a bit of a culture shock so must be even worse for animals.

Sometimes you get chaps with trianed dogs going round villages hunting for cats which they catch and eat.
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Unhappy More to your cat woes

I join the throngs of folks here to echo the same sentiment: Leave your precious cat home. In addittion to all being said you will probably also run into porblems with accomadations. If you are buying a home, then no problem. By if renting one you might run into a problem with the owner and it will surly limit your options to rent.

We gave up our dog to another very nice and caring family when we moved from Canada back to the USA. It was hard for all of us(we had very small children). Now some four years later we just got 2 two-month old pups just two weeks ago. We were petless for nearly four years. But it can be done.

The crucial point is already stated by staceyam. People in the US view pets as part of the family, a view not shared by other people.

Good luck but you will be better off going pet-free to India.
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yet another voice chiming in saying "leave them in the States": Think about the trauma and stress you'll be subjecting poor innocent puss to. Being put in a cage, shipped 24+ hours on the plane, then a quarentine stay of unknown duration. Only to be repeated coming home to America. Another thing, which you might not believe, but you can quite easily transfer your affection to another cat, such as one you might adopt there in India. Your cat at home will miss you, but compared to the stress you've saved it it'll be a small sacrifice. That's what I say, anyway.
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ask the cat...

What about the cat..whats he/she want. No jokes...i mean if u get what i mean. Cats get very attached too... a fact which most people don't figure.

We had 3 cats whilst living in Chennai..(then Madras) about early '70s. Then in Hyderabad we had 9 siamese. Yup I am fond of animals and cats very much and have always kept pets. Now i don't ever recall having problems from other people/landlords about my pets as long as my cats & dogs didn't go peeing or s******* in the neighbours garden or doormats etc.

Cats whilst many Indians are not familiar with as pets are not as disliked as one would imagine. We lost more males because of the usual routine of prowling/fighting at nights & by stray dogs. Surprisingly this wasn't the case with our neutered fella. A lot had to do with the house/apartment/surroundings we lived in.
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1. Its fine to bring your cat if you got a nice place to live with space for the pet to move around. And yes you'll have to be carefull if theres a killer dog hanging around.
2. Cat food is not so easily available but you can find it...though after sometime the pet can be weaned onto other stuff. Initially bring 10 kg of the stuff. Sometimes i just give my cat dog food and he's ok with it...but cat food is preferred!
3. Its true that most Indian vets aren't trained for smaller animals but in a place like chennai you'll have no problem finding a good small pet vet. you will also easily get all the required shots, medicines etc.
4. Three years is a long time and unless you find a good home for your pet you take it with you. The pet is family as I see it.
5. 24 hours in a cage...well its been done before and with a bit of sedative the lil fella should be just fine. Get a good travel basket and make sure the fastners are fast, so you don't have a loose cat in the plane.
6. The Indians don't have any quarantine laws regards pet cats but you do need a license from the import office. Though usually you can just pass through. The problem is more the other way around when u want to take your pet back home. Then does your country have difficult quarantine laws. The Australians do... I should know because I have a cat right here with me, named Oliver, who opted not to go to Canberra with my sister, because of the difficult quarantine system and being locked away in a cell for a long long time. And so my sister preferred to leave him behind with me when she did this 2 year move to canberra. Once there she promptly got herself another cat, a female. A year later, quite fed up with the cold canberra weather she deceided to come back to Jaipur. The cat came along off-course. Though because the Indian import license got delayed, Geisha the cat had to spend about 3 months in an aussie catery. And now shes off to Africa and the cat's going along and happily so.
7. The important point: Once in India what's your lifestyle like ..does it have travelling and then do you have someone to take care of the cat when not at home. YES travelling with a pet, especially a cat, or leaving the pet behind at home under someones care is well near impossible in India or at the least very difficult. So think about this point seriously. you might end up being stuck.
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I wold not subject an animal to that plane trip. It's bad enough for the people, and they're not stuck in a small, dark box with no understanding of the noise, the motion, hour after hour after hour after hour.
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