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  • moving to another country with a cat

  • Hello everyone, my name is Annaëlle and this is Luna. This is my cat

  • and if you follow us for a long time, you know that this is a new location we moved back from Canada to France and

  • While were living in Canada, we adopted this

  • Baby cat she's not a baby. She's 14 years old

  • She's a Birman cat

  • and today I wanted to talk about how we went from Canada to France with a cat and how

  • How she handled the moving process what

  • Administrative paper, we had to fill and stuff like that.

  • So this is going to be a rather long video

  • Grab a cup of tea and if you have a specific question or if you are looking for something in particular

  • There would be time code over there and in the description so that you can click

  • and skip the parts that you don't want to watch

  • Quick disclaimer first, my experience is not going to be the same as yours.

  • My cat is not your cat. So

  • what I tell is not the only

  • experience

  • Available. I'm pretty sure some people already have already done this video

  • But I wanted to talk about my experience and give you a little tips and advice on what I've done so

  • This is Luna. She's a burman cat.

  • She's 14 years old. She is a very calm cat

  • We adopted her two years ago

  • before that

  • We don't know much about her story

  • I know that she has been with another family with a baby and other cats and

  • That her vaccinations were not

  • Done so we had to redo that

  • If your cat is already vaccined and all that stuff

  • there was a part that you won't need to know

  • Because she's a burman

  • She is quite small.

  • Even if she's 14.

  • She's super light

  • I guess she is a little bit under three kilograms and

  • She has breathing issue that's species of the cat as does that she had a little bit of a heart problem

  • So if she stressed she might go into cardiac arrest

  • But she's 14 once again. So that's pretty okay for age

  • So due to this condition we didn't wanted her to go in the cargo area of a plane

  • We wanted her to be in the cabin with us

  • Some flight company don't allow cats to be in the cabin unless

  • They are service animals

  • because she's very small

  • We are lucky to do not have to care about the weight that the airline company allows

  • But we did care about the size of the luggage. We already had

  • a luggage for her and it was too big for Air France

  • And Air Canada and Air Transat didn't allow cats on the cabin

  • So the only choice we had was Corsair, but I guess if we had chosen a smaller

  • carrier bag for her we could have gone with

  • Canada and Air France.

  • So we had to buy an extra ticket for her

  • when you buy your tickets on the website, you can call the

  • Sale service, I guess and you say I want to add my caton it.

  • I guess it was

  • 130 CAD

  • We had to state her age her race

  • So she was allowed to have a space on the plane

  • now we did choose our

  • Seat on the plane. It was an extra

  • $20, I guess

  • and we choose the row that

  • Down side from three to two seats. That way we had still a bit of space on our left side

  • Well, we knew that she could be protected. So that was very nice

  • She wasn't between our legs or under the seat. She really had

  • her own space

  • So about the more administrative part to go from France to Canada is not the same thing as going to

  • Canada to UK for example, you might want to talk to your vet about that

  • what I'm going to talk about is to go from

  • Quebec to France so might be a little bit different for you

  • We had to go to the vet to make sure that all her

  • vaccine were

  • okay, as I mentioned before she did not have vaccine for

  • rabbies and stuff like that. So we had to do it.

  • I think it was three months in advance and

  • Then we had another

  • Vet

  • visit I guess it was three weeks in advance to make sure that

  • Everything was okay for her

  • including parasites

  • her heart issue

  • Breathing problems and stuff. They had a paper to fill in blue ink that's very important blue ink

  • It was a certificate of good health of our cat that we had to give to another

  • place

  • called the ACIA

  • that read the paper we had to fill another form and

  • They stamped it. It was $20 and

  • The paper basically said we

  • confirm that this cat is in good health and she won't bring any parasites or not

  • Allowed stuff into your country. T

  • hat's the paper that you need to give to

  • the border.

  • the Canadian one and the French one.

  • We also have to give the passport of our cat

  • She already had one her previous human gave us her passport. So

  • That was very good. She had a digital implant with our information

  • on her back the back of her head and

  • So we had to make sure that these informations

  • still where relevant and we put the French address where we can stay

  • I think we need to change it because we just moved

  • I had to sign a bunch of papers as well saying

  • I wasn't going to sell her back in France that she was going to stay with us

  • If you were looking to sell or I don't know give your cat to someone else in another country

  • I guess there is additional

  • paper to fill

  • Sorry, I can't help you with that. But you can ask your vet about that

  • our vet, what's really helpful about all the people we have to fill in and and

  • the Canadian

  • Quebec website has a bunch of information you can search

  • the French one

  • not so much, but I'll put all the links in descriptions so that

  • If you're looking for these files in particular you can find them

  • And that's about it on the paper of slash

  • administrative forms

  • on to the travel itself we

  • Weren't allowed to give Luna food or water and because she was kinda trapped on her

  • bag she

  • Wasn't that hungry, but we managed to give her some water because

  • For an older cat it's kind of important that she drinks

  • so

  • Once we were in the plane really settled in we gave her some water.

  • We are really lucky to have a very quiet cat

  • She didn't cry that much

  • she

  • did meow once

  • Because she had peed on her bag

  • So what we planned on doing was

  • to put

  • It I think called a pee pad

  • it is something specific for dogs training, but we couldn't find one so we bought a

  • older people

  • Bed sheet that we cut in 4.

  • so that we can replace it whenever she was peeing.

  • So she peed twice

  • On it and she started crying on that

  • I can't remember exactly because I was sleeping but my partner Nicolas

  • did change her on the

  • baby

  • Thing in the toilets.

  • So that was very easy

  • If your cart is not that calm

  • I guess there is some medication you can give them.

  • I read about some collars that have

  • some pheromone or

  • essential oils that you can give to your cats

  • because Luna was very calm and

  • She didn't really respond usually to either catnip or things like that.

  • We didn't want to

  • Bother with a plastic collar that we didn't like very much

  • Because they don't have the quick release on it

  • and the vet didn't recommend her to have some medication

  • because of her heart issue

  • So because she was very calm

  • we didn't give her any medication,

  • but that is something that you can think of for your cats if

  • the vet is okay with that.

  • one thing that we were kinda worrying about is that if someone complains about being

  • allergic to cats

  • I read that Luna is hypoallergenic

  • Because she's a birman, but that's not a argument that you can say

  • on a plane

  • because we booked her flight in advance

  • I guess people were aware that they were going to be a cat

  • or at least they didn't mention having any issues with it.

  • The person in front of us was kinda happy to see a cat. So that was good and

  • Because she was so discrete

  • People didn't even notice that she was here. So that was good.

  • She was in her carrier for a total of 15 hours

  • The plane was seven hour long and we have to be like two hours before the flight in the queue

  • Plus the

  • transport and

  • stuff that was a bit overwhelming and she definitely was happy to get out of the

  • carrier in the end

  • we gave her some water and some food as soon as we were on the

  • House, we were staying

  • and she had a litter tray with kinda of some different litter.

  • So she was not

  • not very happy about it, but she didn't

  • Litter outside

  • After the moving process we kept her on a leash

  • Every time we we went outside

  • Just because we wanted her to know where she was and where her food was.

  • We took her to the vet and he said

  • That nothing was wrong with her. Her heart was fine. She kinda had a issue with her

  • Join, she's starting to develop arthritis, so she had some

  • Pellets for that but she's fine now that don't have to jump

  • That much on things because we are on the flat house.

  • She'll have her

  • Toys and that's that has her smell and hair all over it. So

  • we kept giving her thing that had a smell to give a

  • some point to

  • Get attached to

  • basically everything changed on her life and for us human too.

  • it's the stressful process and she can

  • sense that so

  • that's always the tricky things to know if youre cat is stress because of you or

  • because of the situation, but I

  • Hope that this video helps you if you are going through this process as well.

  • Let me know if you have any question about

  • the moving process or the cats

  • Even if you have a very specific situation I try to help you as much as I can

  • Let me know in the comment section

  • and if you like this kind of educational video on expat life and moving

  • From country to country

  • I give it give the video a thumbs up

  • So I know I can do more of that and I hope to see you next time. Bye

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