This is my American cat Millie. Soon she will be travelling back to England with me to begin a new life in a colder climate. Hope she likes it!
Back at the beginning of the year I happened to notice that quarantine isn’t necessary any more for some countries. In the U.K. we have no rabies. It has been so for many years and we are not keen to have it either, thank you very much! However nowadays pets can have passports and injections for rabies and other nasties so we have decided to move Millie to England complete with her very own passport, chip in her neck and all the necessary jabs. It will mean an inconvenience for her for 24 hours but if we permanently locate to the U.K. eventually, the Millie has to come to. I couldn’t bear to leave her behind. Even if we don’t move entirely, at least Larry will be able to come and stay without worrying about Millie stateside.
Quarantine would have meant six months in a cage with me visiting her as and when I could. It is a long way to Heathrow from where I live and it would be expensive and inconvenient not even counting the cost of boarding a cat in quarantine kennels. It has always been a no no. Millie wouldn’t like it and nor would we, but this way, one day of inconvenience and it’s over.
Millie started her life with someone else. When we first saw her she was about one year old. She was sitting in a cage in Petsmart and we chose her specially. When we brought her home she zoomed about all over the apartment, obviously glad to have so much space. She is an outdoor cat, preferring to run free up the banks next to the apartment block, in and out of the hedges and trees.
She has her very own cat-door, which Larry made for her and her own special basket, see above.
She is a very special lady, six years old now and in her prime.
When she gets to England she will meet my other cat Patch, who is an old lady of 12 years.
and the Ghost, who belongs to someone else, but lives mostly with me, inside if he can sneak in or outside mostly:
It will not be easy…. there will be tense moments…. but fingers crossed we will all be happy family one day!