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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: I'm a new retiree wishing to go to Florida for two months in the winter. I want to take my cat. What do I need to do before entering the United States as I will be traveling by car?

A: When it comes to traveling with your pet into the United States, the United States government has a few government bodies handling this topic that you should consult with. There’s the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) and Veterinary Services under its National Center for Import and Export (NCIE) department.

The US government also has the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which has regulations on what they call “importation of dogs and cats in the United States.” These government departments have a whole section devoted to “Cats and Dogs” along with applicable phone numbers for pet inquiries that you can obtain from their web sites.

When it comes to traveling with cats and dogs, the APHIS reports, “All cats and dogs are subject to inspection at ports of entry for evidence of infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans.”

For further reading on requirements, log onto the section devoted to Pet Information which can be read online at the APHIS web site, http://www.aphis.usda.gov/vs/ncie/pet-info.html.

For the CDC and its regulations on traveling with pets into the United States, the office strongly suggests you visit their web site at http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dq/animal.htm or call them at (404) 498-1670 or (404) 498-1600, for more information on their regulations.

The CDC reports, “There is no vaccination regulation for cats.”


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