Last week we said goodbye to our beloved cat Merlin. He went missing two weeks ago and we’ve been searching all over for him. Last Wednesday I thought we should check under the house again and that’s where we found him. It seems that he died of a heart attack on the day he went missing (16th June). As any pet owner will know, coming to terms with the loss is tough.
Merlin – I dedicate this post to you. We miss you so much xxx
When we moved to Norway 2 years ago we brought our two cats, Merlin and his sister Chloe, with us and as such went through the custom requirements involved when moving pets abroad. If you’re thinking of moving to Norway and bringing your furry friends with you then make sure you start the process 4-5 months before you plan to move.
Here’s a quick guide on bringing your pet with you from an EU country along with some lessons learned. If you’re bringing your pet from a non-EU country the rules are much stricter – check this website:
- Visit Your Vet: They will know the rules and procedures involved in moving a pet around the EU and will get the wheels in motion. They will also help you apply for a pet passport and will make sure your pets vaccinations are all up to date!
- Microchip Your Pet: If you haven’t already done so you will legally need to microchip your vet. It’s all very modern these days and instead of reading the animals name, they will scan them. It’s a routine procedure and can cost between £25 – £30. Make sure you use Petlog because they use an open system. This means that once you’re in Norway, you can register the microchip number with Dyreidentitet.no - the local pet registration system.
- Start The Rabies Vaccination Procedure: This can take time since the animal will need to receive a series of vaccinations prior to departure. From what I remember this wasn’t cheap but it is essential. Your pet can’t travel without this proof.
- Arrange Transportation: The best way to do this is through a pet transportation company. We used Airpets Oceanic. They’re based right next to Heathrow and are specialists in pet transportation. They arrange all the documentation, book the flight and organise transfers. They will also supply the transportation box. You can’t use a normal pet box. It has to be an EU spec wooden construction with paper at the bottom. We upgraded Merlin and Chloe to a ‘small dog’ box since the cat version looked a too tiny. Merlin and Chloe flew British Airways from Terminal 5. They flew at 7.30am and were in our arms by 1pm the same day.
- Obtain An EU Pet Passport: This is fairly straightforward. You don’t have to add a photograph but I did for fun. It helped. The day before the flight we noticed that Merlin’s rabies certificate said he was a dog…not a cat!!!! We had to get an emergency note from DEFRA. Check the documentation over and over before you leave.
- Book Your Pet Into Kennels During The Move: It just takes them away from all the disruption of having your house packed up and doesn’t stress them out. The pet transportation company will also be able to collect them…for a fee of course.