Taking my cat to the UK on a student visa

#1 Jun 5th, 2013, 15:33
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Does anyone know if a person from India on a UK student visa is allowed to take a pet along to the UK? (a cat in my case)
#2 Jun 5th, 2013, 16:10
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https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad

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Travelling into the EU from an unlisted country

An ‘unlisted’ country is any country not included in the list of EU and non-EU countries.

When travelling to or returning to the UK from an unlisted country, your pet needs:

a microchip
a rabies vaccination (make sure your pet is microchipped first or the vaccination won’t count)
a blood test - the vet must take the blood sample at least 30 days after the rabies vaccination (the date of vaccination counts as day 0, not day 1)
an official third country veterinary certificate
tapeworm treatment (for dogs only)

You must also use an authorised carrier and an approved route.

You must wait 3 calendar months from the date the blood sample was taken before travelling. The vet must give you a copy of the test results. These must show that the vaccination was successful.
India is an unlisted country

https://www.gov.uk/pet-travel-inform...port-companies

https://www.gov.uk/take-pet-abroad/p...cheme-helpline
#3 Jun 5th, 2013, 17:18
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kitty, before taking your cat to UK, it might be a good idea for you to get an idea of the cost of keeping him/her there. Veterinary fees for even simple procedures are high, maybe ten to a hundred times what they are here.

I'm guessing on that, as it is well over ten years since I did have a cat there. I do remember that that the hospitalisation of my poor cat on the last day of her life cost over 200.

Current UK-resident cat lovers can better advise.
#4 Jun 6th, 2013, 11:59
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Also keep in mind that you will not be able to bring your cat back to India for at least two years.
And after two years you will need to submit lots of documents in order to do so.
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#5 Jun 6th, 2013, 12:13
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200 Sterling, don't be a piker Nick. I have a puppy, 10yrs old, that seems to have everything.
I didn't even know there were dog eye specialists and dog heart specialists and...
If I come in for under 600 USD/month I count myself lucky. And not every pet sitter knows how to give injections.
To the OP, if you do decide to bring your cat be sure to take out pet health insurance. Gotta go out and hunt a bit for my neighbor's cat that just ran away from home..
#6 Jun 6th, 2013, 16:31
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Actually, I had insurance. Cheque and letter of sympathy from the company, which, of course, couldn't bring my cat back. I also had a good job, so paying the premiums and fees for non-insurance stuff like vaccinations was not the worst thing.

If Kitty can afford to transport her animal, maybe financial aspects will not be a problem for her. Insurance is good advice anyway.

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