Readers, allow me to introduce you to the youngest member of our family. This is our cat, Gadget. She is an eight pound calico cat who showed up on our doorstep six years ago. She was (and is) a happy, perfectly healthy little cat who someone abandoned in our apartment complex. When her previous owner left her, Gadget wandered around the complex, hid in bushes, relied on kind people to feed her and cleverly avoided getting hit by passing cars until one day she decided that our front stoop might be a good place to sit. And that is how one day, upon opening my front door, I saw a somber, silent little cat sitting on our stoop as patiently as though she had rung the bell. She has been a part of our family ever since, providing endless amount of entertainment (especially when there's plastic bags or gift wrapping about the house) and bestowing us with all of the love a cat can provide.
Because she is such a big part of our family, we are taking her with us to Barcelona (as I first mentioned in this post many moons ago). Towards that end, there are many steps that one must take before transporting a pet from one country to another and every country has it's own rules. Here are the steps for taking a pet to Spain:
1. First, your pet needs to be up to date on all of their vaccines and shots and must be micro-chipped.
2. Second, you need your vet to issue a certificate of good health.
3. Third, you need your vet's certificate of good health to be endorsed by a veterinarian at the
Department of Agriculture.
Once you have the above documentation, be sure to contact the airline to let them know that your pet will be traveling with you. Every airline has a different policy and may require a specific kind of carrier or harness for your pet. You will also need to pay for your pet's ticket.
I know the question that must be weighing on all of your minds right now, which is: how on EARTH do you get your normally active pet to stay still, be quiet, and not poop for more than eight hours? Well this question worried us too. Fortunately, I have a good friend who was able to share her experience on this very issue. According to my friend, who took two cats with her to Spain, she brought along a sedative for her cats but never ended up having to use it. She figured her cats were too freaked out to make a fuss (poor things!). Furthermore, her vet advised her to not feed the cats before or during the flight to ensure that they would not need to use the bathroom. Just in case, she lined their carriers with puppy training pads. The two cats are now living happily in Spain (as are their owners), so I'm feeling very confident that Gadget will be just fine and that this is totally doable (which is a huge load off my mind, by the way).
Today is Gadget's appointment with the vet to get her aforementioned health certificate. I'll keep you guys posted on her adventures as she makes her way to Spain :)