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Top tips on how to improve the welfare of cats during relocation

January 17, 2019    IPATA Email Newsletter

Happy New Year from IPATA!

Breaking News:

The UK Parliament has rejected the UK Government’s proposed BREXIT deal. The vote, which was delayed from December, took place just after 1900 UK time on Tues 15 Jan
and resulted in the biggest defeat of a sitting Government in UK Parliamentary history. On Wed 16 Jan, the
Government survived the Vote of No Confidence.




Regional meeting details have been sent to all regions.

more info here



Lisbon, Portugal

Regional Meeting:

Friday, March 1


Hotel Cascais Miragem Health & Spa



Zanzibar, Tanzania

Regional Meeting:

Friday, March 8


DoubleTree Zanzibar – Stone Town



Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Regional Meeting:

Friday, March 15


Renaissance Riverside Hotel Saigon



Atlanta, Georgia

Regional Meeting:

Friday, March 22

Pet Shipping Workshop: 

Saturday, March 23


Westin Buckhead Atlanta



Buenos Aires, Argentina

Regional Meeting:

Friday, April 12, 2019


Hotel Panamericano Buenos Aires


International Conference

Chicago, IL, USA

November 1-5


Hyatt Regency Chicago




By Dr. Katrin Jahn,
DrMedVet, CertVA, MRCVS


Dr. Katrin Jahn, DrMedVet, CertVA, MRCVS, is the owner and founder of the German Veterinary Clinic in Abu Dhabi. She was awarded the first Gold Standard Cat Friendly
Clinic status in the Middle East by ISFM. Her company is dedicated to improving the welfare and lives of the cats in our care, and, as an IPATA member since 2008, this includes the realm of Local and Global Relocation.


These tips are based on the 5 Freedoms of Welfare as well as the 5 Pillars of a Healthy Feline Environment from the AAFP/ISFM Feline Environmental Needs Guideline:


1.      Provide
a Safe Place

Educate owners on familiarization with the crate and the time it may take to do this. Early preparation is key! If possible, place a pad or blanket/sheet with the
cat’s smell on it in the crate during transport. Cats are extremely sensitive to smell and having their own familiar scent in the crate will give them a sense of safety and security.


2.      Always
Keep Cat Crates at a Height

Where possible, do not leave cat crates on the floor. This is a very easy habit to get into and will hugely improve a cat’s sense of safety. This protects cat crates
from being kicked or banged into and from the prying noses of dogs.


3.      Avoid
Loud Noises and Submit Cats to Soothing Sounds

A cat’s range of hearing is almost 3 times greater than that of humans, which means they hear far more frequencies than we do. Therefore, minimize loud noises as
much as possible. We go one step further by playing music, the frequency of which emulates a cat’s purr during preparation for travel and when on the road in the car. We use the i-Tunes album by David Teie – “Music for Cats”.






Who is Responsible?




The pet owner says “I’ll be responsible for the export health certificate.”


The government vet is responsible for verifying the pet’s health status and compliance with the import health requirements. He signs the export health certificate.

The IPATA member has a copy of the import permit and is aware of the import health requirements.

The IPATA member is aware that the pet does not meet all of the import requirements, but the owner is listed on the AWB as the shipper and the airlines
accepts the shipment.

When the pet arrives at the destination, something is amiss with the export health certificate and the pet has to go into quarantine or be returned to origin.


When questioned, the IPATA member’s only comment is “the AWB listed the owner as the shipper; the LAR says whoever is listed as the shipper is responsible. It wasn’t
my responsibility.”


Who do you think is responsible?


to read the answer. (password: January)


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BREXIT Information


Nick Foden-Ellis,
IPATA’s EU Regional Director, is IPATA’s primary contact for updates on BREXIT information. If you receive any information from DEFRA or the EU Commission, please send it to him to review before it is released to the membership. There is so much misinformation
being distributed that, unless the information you receive comes directly from DEFRA or the EU Commission, then it’s best that you refer directly to DEFRA’s website where they are listing the latest information about BREXIT and pet travel.


In Nick’s December meeting with DEFRA, they explained that DEFRA has launched pet
travel guidance
 for each of the scenarios they may encounter after leaving the EU, including if the UK becomes an unlisted third country. These guidelines recommend
that pet/assistance animal owners intending to travel to the EU with their pet after 29
th March
2019 contact their vet at least four months before their travel date to get advice on what they may need to do to prepare. The recommendations also address the documents and health preparation that may be required for pets to return to the UK from the EU. 


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