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Old 01-07-2013, 06:42 AM
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Yeah actually I heard that most quarantine facilities are comparable to good pet hotels so I'm sure they will be more than fine I've only ever read cat owners raving about them, not a single complaint read so far.
That is reassuring to hear thanks.

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Hey Ktty (hoping you might have e-mail notification set up for this thread... if not I'll PM you tomorrow and hope you have e-mail notification set up for that... )

Do you (or anyone else reading this who's done it! ) know how long I can wait on the RNATT declaration, the AQIS import permit, etc. We're still not positive we're within six months of our visa grant (though I think we are!) and I'm worried we might apply for the AQIS import too early? This process is just ridiculously complicated. I had an easier time understanding the immigration process for humans, haha.

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Incidentally, I found our local USDA office to be completely UNhelpful when I called to locate a government-approved (APHIS-accredited) veterinarian. She told me it wasn't their job to provide that information (even though the USDA site explicitly says it is) and got irritated with me when I pointed it out. She suggested I call every vet in my city until I found one! Finally I found out that the Banfield Pet Hospitals (located in PetSmart stores) are government-approved for this -- at least the ones in our area are. I believe all locations are - but definitely check before you take your pet in. I hope this helps someone else!

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Hey Ktty (hoping you might have e-mail notification set up for this thread... if not I'll PM you tomorrow and hope you have e-mail notification set up for that... )

Do you (or anyone else reading this who's done it! ) know how long I can wait on the RNATT declaration, the AQIS import permit, etc. We're still not positive we're within six months of our visa grant (though I think we are!) and I'm worried we might apply for the AQIS import too early? This process is just ridiculously complicated. I had an easier time understanding the immigration process for humans, haha.
Hey College Girl,
The Rnatt is good for a year but you have to have it certified in the state that you live in by the USDA. I am not sure how long the AQIS permit is good for, we got our only just in time for the export of our cats, by the skin of our teeth. Ridiculously complicated.... no it is not, it is much worse than that, beyond what words can describe.... My coming to Australia was a piece of cake compared to bringing the cats here....

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Thanks for coming by to answer this! I'll see if I can find out how early we need to do it. Ugh, this process. lol

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kttykat - I am relieved to hear that your cats are indoor cats! A thread that mentions (in fantastic detail, btw!) how to bring your cats to Aus should also mention the affect that cats have on the delicate Australian ecosystem. Obviously, house cats are already introduced here but they are a major threat to small mammals and the native bird population. We should all accept the responsibility of protecting prey animals from our darling pets.

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Hey ktty, just curious how are your cats now that the whole process is over? Have they adjusted?

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I appreciate that angle, but my kitty is an indoor kitty not for the sake of the local wildlife (though that's a bonus) but because it's much safer for her. Indoor cats live, on average, 12 years. Outdoor cats live, on average, less than 5. Of course these are averages, and people who take great care of their outdoor cats and ensure their safety however they can may see longer life spans than that... but I prefer to just not take any chances. Fortunately, my cat is terrified of going outside, so it's an easy decision with her!

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I'm looking at the medium Sky Kennel carriers... they say they are for dogs and the small is for cats... but my little chunky butt is 15 pounds, so I'm not sure a small would be enough room for her? But would a medium be too big? They are 28" long x 20.5" wide x 21.5" high.

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I appreciate that angle, but my kitty is an indoor kitty not for the sake of the local wildlife (though that's a bonus) but because it's much safer for her. Indoor cats live, on average, 12 years. Outdoor cats live, on average, less than 5. Of course these are averages, and people who take great care of their outdoor cats and ensure their safety however they can may see longer life spans than that... but I prefer to just not take any chances. Fortunately, my cat is terrified of going outside, so it's an easy decision with her!
Where I'm from in Canada house cats have to live indoors because they'll get eaten by cougars if they're outside for long. The tables really turn when those cats migrate to Aus. haha

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