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Bringing a cat to Almeria

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2021 8:45am
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NaomiD

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Hi! We are looking to overwinter in Costa de Almeria - or possibly western Murcia - next winter. I would like to bring my cat with me as she’s a mummy’s girl and gets ill when I’m not around. Has anyone driven from the UK with a cat? I’m not sure if this would be more or less stressful than the cat flying to Spain. I’m wishing that I had gotten her used to travel before now! Any advice gratefully received x

Alicia 11

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:17am

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Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:17am

what do you mean by over winter?  

NaomiD

Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:24am

NaomiD

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Posted: Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:24am

Alicia 11 wrote on Tue Dec 28, 2021 9:17am:

what do you mean by over winter?  

I mean we will be there for three months over the winter. Until we apply for residency we can only stay for 90 days. During that time we will decide if we can make things work in Spain. x

T1naA

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:33am

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Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:33am

I have some friends who used to drive down to Almería from the Midlands with their cats every April til October, pre Brexit & pre Covid. 

They had a large cage fitted in the boot, big enough to hold a litter tray as well as food & water. They took the Channel Tunnel, shared the driving and only stopped for fuel, food and comfort breaks as they found staying in a hotel with cats quite stressful.   The cats were house cats so no problems once they arrived.

Good luck!

Alicia 11

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:12am

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Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:12am

ok so your cat must be microchipped it must have an up to date rabies vacination and others best check with your vet.  not sure about the passports now for a cat as UK not in EU.   

Ann44

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 12:21pm

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Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 12:21pm

Alicia 11 wrote on Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:12am:

ok so your cat must be microchipped it must have an up to date rabies vacination and others best check with your vet.  not sure about the passports now for a cat as UK not in EU.   

We travelled on the euro tunnel with our cat and dog to Malaga .We stopped 4 nights in pet friendly hotels on the way .when we had to leave our cat in the hotel we put her in the bathroom with her bed ,food ,water and litter tray .She cried at first as she was not use to traveling in the car .After the second day  she seemed to settle down in the car .

Jenni

Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 2:58pm

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Posted: Wed Dec 29, 2021 2:58pm

Hi Noamid,  I would warn you that Leukaemia is rife here in Spain amongst the ferel cats, I have lost 4 cats this year due to Leukaemia and all of them had been vaccinated . If your cat is a house cat and there is no chance she/he will mix with the local cats then you should be fine.  I also have 7 other cats and they are fine, so it really is hit and miss with this awful disease.  Just thought you should be imformed. 

NaomiD

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:40am

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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:40am

T1naA wrote on Wed Dec 29, 2021 8:33am:

I have some friends who used to drive down to Almería from the Midlands with their cats every April til October, pre Brexit & pre Covid. 

They had a large cage fitted in the boot, big enough to hold a litter tray as well as food & water. They took the Channel Tunnel, shared the driving and only stopped for fuel, food and comfort breaks as they found staying in a hotel with cats quite stressful.   The cats were house cats s...

...o no problems once they arrived.

Good luck!

Goodness that is a serious amount of driving! Thanks for your reply!

NaomiD

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:41am

NaomiD

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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:41am

Alicia 11 wrote on Wed Dec 29, 2021 9:12am:

ok so your cat must be microchipped it must have an up to date rabies vacination and others best check with your vet.  not sure about the passports now for a cat as UK not in EU.   

All up to date 😅

NaomiD

Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:44am

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Posted: Thu Dec 30, 2021 11:44am

Ann44 wrote on Wed Dec 29, 2021 12:21pm:

We travelled on the euro tunnel with our cat and dog to Malaga .We stopped 4 nights in pet friendly hotels on the way .when we had to leave our cat in the hotel we put her in the bathroom with her bed ,food ,water and litter tray .She cried at first as she was not use to traveling in the car .Aft...

...er the second day  she seemed to settle down in the car .

That is reassuring. We were thinking of Airbnb. How did you find which hotels were cat friendly? Also how many days did you take? I was thinking that we would stop south of Paris and around Girona and do it in 3 days as we are coming from Devon. 

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