Posted: Tuesday 8th August 2017
You may not be aware that rules for travel with cats around Europe are virtually the same as travel with dogs. Hertfordshire County Council’s Trading Standards Team is reminding Hertfordshire residents to be aware of cat importation criteria for the UK on #InternationalCatDay
Below are our Top 5 Tips for importing or travelling with cats:
By law, cats must be microchipped if you wish to bring them into the UK.
Always carry your cat’s pet passport or third country official veterinary certificate when travelling; this is a requirement for bringing your cat into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme.
Ensure your cat has received an effective vaccine against rabies. Your cat must be administered with the vaccine when it is at least 12 weeks old and at least 3 weeks before entering the UK.
Your pet must travel with an approved carrier on an approved route. More information about approved carriers and routes can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pet-travel-approved-air-sea-rail-and-charter-routes-for-the-movement-of-pets
Most people wouldn’t think of their cats as ‘goods’, but your beloved felines are classified this way as per the Consumer Rights Act 2015. Therefore you have certain consumer rights if you buy a cat. Goods must:
- be of satisfactory quality
- be fit for a particular purpose
- be as described
- match the sample or model examined
- be installed correctly
If these terms between the consumer and trader are breached, you may be entitled to reject the goods and receive a full refund, or instead you can ask for a repair or replacement at the trader’s expense.
For further advice, please go www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/business/tradingstandards
You can also report any concerns that you have to the Citizens Advice Consumer Service on 03454 040506.