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Your cat is so much more than four legs and a tail — they’re members of your family and best friends for life. We’re proud to be the nation’s top-rated and leading service for cat transportation.

Our unique process matches you with a fleet of pre-screened drivers with prior experience at transporting cats, with strong emphasis on your pet's comfort and safety.

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What determines the cost of Himalayan shipping

Here's what you need to know about safely transporting your Himalayan.

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Ground and air travel have different associated costs. Flying is typically the fastest option, but also the most expensive and taxing on your pet.

Travel distance

The further you need to transport your pet, the more it'll cost. If you're using ground transportation, you'll have to factor in fuel costs, lodging, meals on the road and wear-and-tear on your vehicle. These costs are applicable whether you drive the pet yourself or you hire a transporter through CitizenShipper. Airlines charge more for longer plane rides as well. This is due to the cost of fuel and the need compensate pilots and flight attendants.

Pet size

Smaller pets are easier – and less expensive – to transport. If you’re flying your Himalayan, they’ll need to travel in the cargo hold if they’re over 20 pounds. You’ll also need to buy a USDA-approved crate, which can cost around $200. With ground transport, it’s easier for drivers to accommodate small pets.

Health clearance and travel equipment

The first step to transporting your Himalayan is ensuring they’re healthy enough to travel. Most species require a vet-issued health certificate to cross state lines. This will cost $50 to $300. You’ll likely need to purchase some equipment too – such as a crate and travel supplies.

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Transporting Your Himalayan Cat: Feline Friends on the Move

Breed Characteristics

Himalayan Cats, or Himmies, as they are affectionately known, are one of the most engaging and serene cat breeds, making them excellent companions. With their Siamese-like point coloration and the luxuriously long fur of a Persian, they combine beauty with a calm, placid temperament. However, their composed demeanor doesn't entirely shield them from the stresses of travel. Understanding their need for tranquility and security is crucial in organizing transportation that suits their temperament.

Moreover, Himalayans are known for their vocalization, especially if they're displeased or anxious. Ensuring a calm and serene environment is key during travel to keep their vocal expressions of discomfort to a minimum, contributing to a smoother journey for both the cat and their human companions.

Size and Care Requirements

Himalayan Cats are medium to large in size, with males typically larger than females. They possess a thick, long coat that requires regular grooming to prevent matting and knots. This intensive care routine should not be neglected during transport. Providing grooming tools and scheduling regular grooming breaks can help maintain their coat’s condition and comfort level, thereby reducing their stress.

Additionally, their brachycephalic (flat-faced) nature means Himalayans can be prone to respiratory issues. Ensuring the travel container is well-ventilated and not overly cramped is vital to prevent distress and breathing difficulties during the journey.

Health and Safety Protocols

Prior to transportation, a thorough health check with a veterinarian is advised to ensure your Himalayan Cat is fit for travel. They should be free from contagious diseases, and any pre-existing health conditions should be managed and disclosed to the transporter. This includes any specific requirements relating to their brachycephalic features, such as potential breathability concerns.

For safety, the travel container must be secure, comfortable, and appropriately sized for Himalayans. It should allow them to stand, turn, and lie down comfortably. Adding a layer of familiar-scented bedding can provide additional comfort and security, reducing travel-induced anxiety.

How to prepare your Himalayan for transport

At CitizenShipper, we pride ourselves on making pet transportation a breeze. However, there are things you can do ahead of time to make your best friend’s trip safer and more comfortable.

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Talk to your veterinarian

Your pet’s safety is number one – that’s why checking in with your vet before finalizing any travel plans is essential.

Can’t make it to the vet’s office in time? Conveniently video chat with a qualified veterinarian at FirstVet – one of our amazing partners.

Here are the questions you’ll want to ask your vet:

  • Is my pet healthy enough for transport?
  • Is my pet up to date on their vaccines?
  • Is my pet’s microchip still in place and scannable?

Medical Records and Vaccinations

Preparing your Himalayan for travel entails ensuring all their medical records are up to date, including vaccinations. Core vaccines, as well as any recommended by your vet based on the destination's specific health risks, should be administered well in advance of the trip. Keep a copy of their health records on hand during transport for any necessary reference.

Additionally, ensuring your cat is treated for fleas, ticks, and worms ahead of travel can prevent the stress associated with these parasites and protect your pet's health as well as the environment they will be entering.

Identification and Security

Proper identification is pivotal. A sturdy collar with an ID tag displaying your contact information is essential. However, microchipping your Himalayan Cat offers an additional level of security. This permanent form of identification can be invaluable if your cat accidentally escapes their carrier or a new environment post-arrival.

Personalize the carrier with your cat's name and your contact information. It’s also recommended to familiarize your cat with the carrier in the weeks leading up to travel, to reduce their anxiety associated with being in a confined space.

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Travel Comforts for Himalayan Cat

Including items in the travel kit that smell like home—such as familiar bedding, a favorite toy, or a piece of your clothing—can greatly reduce travel stress for your Himalayan. These items provide a sense of security and familiarity amidst the unavoidable changes travel brings. Also, packing an ample supply of their regular food and accessible fresh water is crucial to maintain their usual diet and hydration levels during the journey.

A portable litter box, preferably one your cat is already accustomed to, should also be part of the kit. Maintain their usual litter, as sudden changes can cause stress or refusal to use the box, leading to uncomfortable situations during transport.

Essential pet transport travel supplies include:

  • Food, bowls and fresh water
  • Collars and leashes
  • Waste bags
  • Medication
  • First-aid supplies
  • Any travel documents
  • A secure, USDA-approved travel crate

Traveling to a new place is exciting but stressful for your pet. Pack their favorite toys, a bed or a comfy blanket to help them enjoy their journey. Familiar items remind them of home and will soothe their anxiety.

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Stress Reduction Strategies

To reduce stress for Himalayan Cats during transit, consider using feline pheromone sprays or a pheromone diffuser in the travel carrier. These pheromones mimic the natural facial pheromones that cats use to mark their environment as safe, providing a sense of security and familiarity. Lightly covering the carrier with a breathable blanket can also help reduce visual stimuli, creating a calm, den-like atmosphere.

Acclimating your cat to their carrier and short trips ahead of time can significantly reduce travel anxiety. Familiarizing them with the sounds and sensations associated with travel will help make the actual journey less stressful.

Feeding and Litter Box Solutions

When traveling with a Himalayan Cat, maintaining their regular feeding schedule as much as possible is ideal. However, it's advisable to feed them a light meal a few hours before travel to prevent nausea. Always ensure fresh water is available throughout the journey. For longer trips, secure and accessible litter box solutions are necessary. Portable, disposable litter boxes can be convenient for this purpose, allowing for easy management of waste while on the move.

Monitoring your cat's intake and output is crucial during travel. A sudden change in appetite or litter box usage can be signs of stress or illness, necessitating immediate attention.

Climate and Comfort

Maintaining a comfortable travel environment for your Himalayan Cat is paramount, especially given their dense fur. The vehicle or carrier should be kept at a moderate temperature, avoiding extremes of heat or cold. During summer months, never leave your cat in a parked car, as temperatures can rise rapidly, leading to heatstroke. In winter, ensure the carrier is insulated and free from drafts.

Soft, comfortable bedding that your cat can burrow into if they feel cold, or lie on top of if they're too warm, will help them regulate their body temperature throughout the journey.

After the Journey: Settling In Your Himalayan Cat

Acclimating to New Spaces

Once at your destination, give your Himalayan Cat time to adjust to their new surroundings. Start by confining them to one quiet, enclosed space with their familiar items, gradually expanding their accessible area as they grow more comfortable. Encourage exploration and positive associations with the new space using treats and play.

Consistent, calm interaction from you will reassure your cat that they're safe and their bond with you remains secure, facilitating a smoother adjustment process.

Post-Travel Health Check

After the journey, closely monitor your Himalayan Cat for signs of distress or illness, such as changes in eating or bathroom habits, lethargy, or unusual behavior. An immediate post-travel veterinary check-up can help ensure any issues are identified and addressed early. Also, discuss any observed changes in behavior with your vet, as these could indicate stress or discomfort that needs addressing.

Keeping a close eye on their health and well-being after travel is an essential part of ensuring your Himalayan Cat’s comfort and happiness in their new environment.

Maintaining Well-being

Post-travel, maintaining consistency in your Himalayan Cat’s routine is essential for their well-being. Aim to quickly establish a regular schedule for feeding, play, and grooming that mirrors their pre-travel routine as closely as possible. Consistency provides a sense of security, helping your cat to adapt to their new environment more comfortably.

Additionally, ongoing engagement, affection, and careful monitoring of their health and behavior will ensure your Himalayan Cat remains happy, healthy, and well-adjusted in their new home.

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