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Travelling with 2 cats

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by dizzychu, Sep 12, 2019.

  1. dizzychu

    dizzychu New commenter

    I might be headed down the road of crazy cat lady, but before I do I need some experienced travellers opinions.

    I've waited years till I was ready to be responsible for a cat as a forever animal. The dream was an older Maine **** for that true dog- like cat experience. Well the breeder missed my email. 4 weeks later I took in a 10 year old common breed ex street cat that's been in first for over 2 years. We've bonded rather well, for 3 weeks and now the breeder spots my email and offers me a choice of 3 matinee **** girls (I just want one).

    I'm willing to pay for relocations etc. when the time comes but is travelling with 2 cats a detriment to job prospects? I'm thinking to stay around the eastern and southern parts of the European continent, not necessarily in EU.

    What say you TES? To get a second - and my dream - cat?
  2. february31st

    february31st Established commenter

    Its easy to travel from the UK with pets as the country is regarded as decease free. This therefore causes the problem of bringing pets back into the country as the UK wishes to keep the likes of rabies out.
  3. dizzychu

    dizzychu New commenter

    Ah... for clarity I'm in Romania. Considering jobs around here, one of the Stan's or Turkey.
  4. MsBuzy

    MsBuzy New commenter

    My advice is look closely at the requirements for taking your pets back to the UK, as from some places, this can be extremely complex and expensive.
    Lots of luck!
  5. Mainwaring

    Mainwaring Lead commenter

    [QUOTE="february31st Its easy to travel from the UK with pets as the country is regarded as decease free. [/QUOTE]

    Must be why it's such a crowded little country.

    We traveled the world with Basil, our African dog. It was a straightforward matter to bring him to Spain when he retired. He was then chipped and issued with a pet passport which would have entitled him to enter the UK without quarantine if we had so wished. I suppose this would no longer be possible if and when the UK leaves the EU.

    I'm guessing that the TES nanny filter objected to the Mrs Slocombe terminology in the OP's post.

    More tea, Vicar?
  6. MsBuzy

    MsBuzy New commenter

    Looking at the gov.uk site, it seems that should the UK leave without a deal, it will become an 'unlisted 3rd country' and will have to apply to become a listed country (like the USA).
    The UK will no doubt meet the required standards, but the process could take months, or even years apparently.
    This will seriously affect those wishing to travel from the UK with pets, as unlisted countries have additional processes such as the titre bloodtest, and all of this adds to the time and costs involved.
  7. dizzychu

    dizzychu New commenter

    I'm not looking to head back to the UK, just continue travelling to international schools.
    I think the bot opposed the second part of this breed's name which strangely hadn't occurred to me before now.
    Anyway as one if the largest breeds of domestic cat with many features common in dogs it would be easy to figure out the stars.

    I literally just wondered if school's take pets into account when offering jobs.
  8. dumbbells66

    dumbbells66 Lead commenter

    some schools will, if they have their own accommodation. had you considered that landlords may not want you if you have pets? getting accommodation could be a headache.

    traveling with pets is not straight forward, and can become very expensive.
  9. frogusmaximus

    frogusmaximus Occasional commenter

    Long term post, no problem, BUT the nature of the beast, aka short term contracts, means a lot of upheaval at times. Not ideal to be an animal owner is such circumstances.
  10. englishtt06

    englishtt06 Occasional commenter

    Our pets have travelled with us as we've moved jobs and countries several times. Pretty straight-forward and the costs varies widely - in Germany, we could fly with the cats in the cabin at a cost of about 40 euros per animal (by comparison - flying pets into the UK costs about £500 per animal!). I did look at a teaching job in Tokyo last year that came with accommodation (as Tokyo is so expensive, this would be ideal) but none of the accommodation was pet-friendly so I didn't apply: this is the only time it has stopped me going for a job but I'd rather have our pets with us than a job in Tokyo!

    I know not all would choose cats and dogs over Tokyo but you either get it or you don't, I guess - as in, if you're a pet-person you will understand.
    towncryer likes this.
  11. loranp

    loranp New commenter

    I don't believe that the pet passport has anything to do with the EU. I am in the US and would be able to bring my Jack Russell to the UK without quarantine, because he also has a pet passport. All it does is prove that the animal has had the relevant vaccines (rabies, particularly) and is not bringing any infectious diseases into the UK.
  12. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    My cats travel with me and .other than the expense of relocation, which is from your side and I'm sure you know about and feel its worth it, the only other question is the attitude of your new place to pets and whether they will be allowed in the accommodation. Being upfront with the school will help as they can allocate a pet friendly building(if accommodation is provided).
    Good veterinary care and pet supplies wherever you're going is also important..so check this out on an ex pat website. No point getting to your new destination only to find that you can't keep up the vaccinations etc because of lack of vets!
  13. towncryer

    towncryer Lead commenter

    Always a worry when you bring pets and a very valid point. If taking pets make sure you have the money to take them out again as well as take them there as in the worse case scenario you might be leaving earlier than expected!

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