I will be flying with my pet cat(1 yr and 2 months old, female, bengal cat) from INDIA to MICHIGAN,USA.
I would like to know about the documents required and how will they examine my cat at the airport.
Is spaying of cats required to clear the customs?
Answer by Hibah
Your cat needs to be spayed.
Check the nearest US embassy or consulate for quarantine rules.
Quite possibly they’ll give the beast a cursory exam and only go further if that yields suspicion that something is wrong.
Most airlines require that a vet examine the cat within 10 days before travel and provide a health certificate. Many US states require proof of rabies vaccination in order for the pet to travel to that destination.
I think you may be able to only bring one cat in the cabin of the plane with you , the other would have to be “checked” as baggage, but can be in a special pressurized section.
Look at the IATA website for the requirements for the type of crate / kennel / carrier that is required for the one sent in cargo. It has to be very sturdy and ventilated on 4 sides for international flights– there are very specific requirements set out in the IATA guidelines about the crate, the amount of openings, the door, etc . Also it has to have food and water dishes attached that can be reached from outside. A brand that is definitely approved is PetMate Sky Kennel, if you can get it there. The 100 size is good for a cat.
For a pet traveling in the cabin with you it has to be in a carrier small enough you can slide it under the seat – on some airlines that is only 8 inches high!
Domestic dogs and cats must be free of evidence of diseases communicable to humans when examined at the port of entry. If the animal is not in apparent good health, further examination by a licensed veterinarian may be required at the owner’s expense.
A valid rabies vaccination certificate should accompany the animal. This certificate should be in English or be accompanied by a translation. It should identify the animal, the dates of vaccination and expiration, and be signed by a licensed veterinarian. If no expiration date is specified, the certificate is acceptable if the date of vaccination is no more than 12 months before the date of arrival.
If a vaccination has not been performed, or if the certificate is not valid, the animal may be admitted if it is confined immediately upon arrival at a place of the owner’s choosing. The dog must be vaccinated within four days after arrival at the final destination, but no more than 10 days after arrival at the port of entry. The animal must remain in confinement for at least 30 days after being vaccinated.
If the vaccination was performed less than 30 days before arrival, the animal may be admitted but must be confined at a place of the owner’s choosing until at least 30 days have passed since the vaccination.
Young puppies must be confined at a place of the owner’s choosing until they are three months old, then they must be vaccinated. They must remain in confinement for 30 days.
HOPE THIS HELPS :)
ps – sorry it’s a bit wordy