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Travel with Pets/Reentering the Usa from Peru with my cat


Hi. After 2 years of living in Peru im planning on moving back to the Usa with my cat. What vaccinations & requirements does my cat need to reenter the Usa ? Is there a fee also i need to pay for my cat to enter to Usa ?

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Vaccines and health certificates are not required for cats to enter the USA. BUT your airline and the State you move to may require them. SO always best to have Current Rabies Vaccine and a vet exam with Health certificate but again our Government does not require anything special FOR CATS to enter.

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BUT Since you are coming from Peru you will want a vet to write a certificate stating that your cat tested free from ScrewWorms. That is the only concern and that is only some countries so be sure and read about that requirement on the Aphis.usda site above...

Other than that cats are very easy to bring into the US even easier than dogs.

If you need assistance with preparing your pets travel cage please visit
<a href=""> it has some great DIY videos. Hope this helps and good luck with your move back to the US.

PS this is only if you are moving to the Mainland if you are planning to move to Hawaii or Guam then this is a tad more complicated since they are considered Rabies Free Zone.

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Lisa Kelly


My main focus is teaching pet owners how to choose and properly prepare an airline carrier kennel for a safe and comfortable trip. I can answer any questions on the subject of purchasing an airline approved carrier or kennel. I can also answer questions on how to modify or prepare an existing pet carrier kennel to be safe and considered airline compliant. Also any questions on how to ship a pet domestically in the USA. I can not answer questions on required paperwork for importing or exporting pets internationally.


My experience includes owning and running a Luxury Cat Care Facility since 1997 - Kitty Cat Condos. While running the facility I have used my daily pet experiences to invent and develop many pet travel products, many of which are Patented. The most well known is DryFur® Travel Pads. I now run a blog dedicated to sharing free information to pet owners who are often overwhelmed with the task of traveling on airlines with their beloved pets.

ABKA - 1997-2002 IPATA 2005-2010 Presently not an active member of any Organization

Most of my articles are published on my blogs at and I have been interviewed as cat expert for an article in Animal Wellness on the subject of Choosing the right Cat Carrier for traveling. Also interviewed as pet expert on Animal Radio on the subject of how to travel with your pet safely on airlines.

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Awards and Honors
1. Disposable absorbent pet transport cushion-United States Patent 7231888 2. Awarded Best Cat Boarding 3 times by CatFancy Magazine in 2005-2007-2010 3. Awarded Best Pet Product by CatFancy for DryFur® Travel Pads 2005 4. Awarded Product of the Year Pet Product News for DryFur® Travel Pads 2005-2006 5. Awarded Editors Choice Product of the Year DogFancy DryFur® Travel Pads 2006 6. Awarded Best Pet Product for Airline Kennel Securing Hardware 2010

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