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I've had my cat for the past 4 years, ever since he was a kitten. Aside from friends coming over and a couple of live-in boyfriends, I've been the only one to socialize with him and take care of him, so really I'm all that he knows. The thing is, I'm moving to Japan in just over a month and I'll be there for a minimum of 1 year. Both for my sake and kitty's sake, I would love to bring him with me to Japan. Bringing an animal there, however, not only involves a 20+ hour plane trip, but it also requires a lot of money and up to 6 months in quarantine. I've also been looking around for someone to take him in, but I've had no luck so far. Everyone I've asked is either allergic, can't commit the time and effort into caring for a cat, would declaw him, or simply doesn't want a cat. So, question is: should I put kitty through the stress of moving with me, or should I try to find him a home, leaving him with a potentially uncaring new owner?<br><br><br><br>
Thanks in advance, and apologies for the long post!
 

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Where abouts are you? There may be a VBer near you whose willing to help <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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I move overseas every few years, and we always take our pets with us. But we've never gone to a country where they have to be quarantined. Its a different situation. Maybe if you make an effort to update him on all his shots and everything, he won't be quarantined for 6 months.
 

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I've always found long quarantine times weird . . . what can they get that would take so long to show, anyway?
 

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Here's my thoughts:<br><br>
I'd go with a new possibly uncaring guardian being preferable over a prolonged quarantine<br><br>
Your cat would be miserable and quarantined half of the time you'd be living in Japan. So I would continue to try and find a new home.<br><br>
Have you tried petfinder?.<br><br><br><br>
You didn't mention your finanical status but under these circumstances if you make a lot of money, I'd consider bringing your cat along if there was no other home and the only other option was being euthanized.<br><br><br><br>
Another option you could look into, not sure about the details is something called pet passport, which is done in some places and eliminates the long quarantine process.
 

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I forgot to add that if you're coming from a place designated as rabies free by the MAAF, and have been vacinated, has been microchipped etc, quarantine is a only 12 hours <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Those countries are:<br><br>
Taiwan, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden, Norway, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, and Guam.<br><br><br><br>
check out: <a href="http://www.maff-aqs.go.jp/english/ryoko/ba.htm" target="_blank">http://www.maff-aqs.go.jp/english/ryoko/ba.htm</a>
 

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I would try to rehome him if you cant take him with you but not with an uncaring owner. Have you asked family members? maybe you could even talk to your vet about it<br><br><br><br>
I would check out the link schoska gave you <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 
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yeah, i agree with kpickell. pets (companion animals or whatever) are like kids, you gotta put them first if you choose to have them, and know that for the next 20 (or howevermany) years they'll be around you're going to have to factor them into your life and movements. even if they're just mouses, you shouldn't just choose to not be responsible for something elses welfare that you previously chose to be responsible for, when it suits you. if the cat can't go to japan with you, and nobody is prepared to take this significant job on themselves, perhaps you should wait till the cat doesn't exist any more, to go yourself.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not trying to be nasty, but it really p!sses me off when people don't think about this (that you need to be secure and stable in your surroundings and prepared to invest the next however many years in parenting/supporting the upkeep of this creature) before they get a pet- or just plan to hand it off to someone else when they choose to do something that the pet doesn't fit into.<br><br><br><br>
my bf's daughter keeps palming her cat off on us and messing about and moving it in and out and changing her plans, etc, and its just not fair on anybody, cat included.
 

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My clinic does a portapet service and I can assure you that pets survive long distance flights quite well.<br><br><br><br>
A wise woman once told me: if a person really wants to do something, they find a way to do it. People who make up excuses/justifications about why they can't do something never really wanted it that badly in the first place.
 

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yeah, i agree with kpickell. pets (companion animals or whatever) are like kids, you gotta put them first if you choose to have them, and know that for the next 20 (or howevermany) years they'll be around you're going to have to factor them into your life and movements. even if they're just mouses, you shouldn't just choose to not be responsible for something elses welfare that you previously chose to be responsible for, when it suits you. if the cat can't go to japan with you, and nobody is prepared to take this significant job on themselves, perhaps you should wait till the cat doesn't exist any more, to go yourself.<br><br><br><br>
i'm not trying to be nasty, but it really p!sses me off when people don't think about this (that you need to be secure and stable in your surroundings and prepared to invest the next however many years in parenting/supporting the upkeep of this creature) before they get a pet- or just plan to hand it off to someone else when they choose to do something that the pet doesn't fit into.<br><br><br><br>
my bf's daughter keeps palming her cat off on us and messing about and moving it in and out and changing her plans, etc, and its just not fair on anybody, cat included.</div>
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Just to be fair to the OP, I doubt she knew 4 years ago when she got the cat that she'd be moving to Japan-? I think she's doing the right thing by trying to find the best solution for the cats happiness. Sometimes life takes turns that we can't predict. I know a few years ago I moved away for awhile, and couldn't take my cats w/me, I was lucky enough that my dad watched them for me, and they'd always known him very well, so I knew they were safe. Some people aren't lucky enough to have that security.<br><br><br><br>
Anyway, I think if you find that the quarentine would be for an extended period of time, it may be best to find someone to watch over your cat while you're gone. Others have given good ideas as to how to find a safe place. GL, let us know what you decide to do!<br><br><br><br>
*EDIT* I also wanted to ask, Why are you moving to Japan? Are you being stationed there? Is there any way out of it?
 

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My husband and I have always wanted to do the JET program, where you go to Japan to teach English for a year or more. It was something that we hoped to do together.<br><br><br><br>
Now that we have the boys, that's on the back burner. I refuse to put them through the quarantine process and I'm not giving them up. If a close friend or family member wanted to take care of them for me for a year, I might be willing to consider it, but they're like my children - I don't think I could do it.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe someday we'll find a way to go and take them with us without them having to go through quarantine. Otherwise, that's a dream that I'll just have to do without.
 

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<div class="quote-block">Just to be fair to the OP, I doubt she knew 4 years ago when she got the cat that she'd be moving to Japan-? I think she's doing the right thing by trying to find the best solution for the cats happiness. Sometimes life takes turns that we can't predict.</div>
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I agree in part - that we can't predict what life turns will be, but unfortunately that way of thinking is what makes people think that animals are disposable. Short of a serious illness or death, I can't think of a single good reason to give up an animal. It is like kids - you don't know where your life will lead, but surely you won't up your child because you are moving?
 

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My husband and I have always wanted to do the JET program, where you go to Japan to teach English for a year or more. It was something that we hoped to do together.<br><br><br><br>
Now that we have the boys, that's on the back burner. I refuse to put them through the quarantine process and I'm not giving them up. If a close friend or family member wanted to take care of them for me for a year, I might be willing to consider it, but they're like my children - I don't think I could do it.<br><br><br><br>
Maybe someday we'll find a way to go and take them with us without them having to go through quarantine. Otherwise, that's a dream that I'll just have to do without.</div>
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Good for you! You obviously take your responsibilities seriously<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smitten.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":smitten:">
 

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I agree in part - that we can't predict what life turns will be, but unfortunately that way of thinking is what makes people think that animals are disposable. Short of a serious illness or death, I can't think of a single good reason to give up an animal. It is like kids - you don't know where your life will lead, but surely you won't up your child because you are moving?</div>
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Exactly. I guess I'm curious to know why the OP must move to Japan. It'd have to be a damn good reason to give up a pet that you've had for several years.
 

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Definitely do -everything- you can to take him with you and make his journey comfortable and safe.<br><br><br><br>
Otherwise, just don't go to Japan?
 

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Keep looking for a home that you're happy with, if you can't find one I have to go with everyone else and suggest not going.<br><br>
However I'm sure it won't come to that, there must be someone somewhere who'd be willing to look after your cat.
 

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Personally, I wouldn't want to put my cats through that kind of a move....<br><br><br><br>
I really like what Schoska said, though!<br><br><br><br>
Ask around on VB for a caregiver. You probably won't find a better place to find someone to care for your kitty, and if they live close enough I'm sure you could arrange to meet up and sort of "interview" them a few times before you decide to leave your kitty with him/her. I'd take in an animal in that situation in a second, and I'm sure a lot of other people on here would also <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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However I'm sure it won't come to that, there must be someone somewhere who'd be willing to look after your cat.</div>
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Oh I'm sure there is someone who will take their cat. But why should they have to? If they can take that cat, then they could save a different cat from the pound instead. I guess it depends on whether you've made a committment to your cat, or whether you think of them as disposable. I can't tell from the OPs post what the circumstances are, but waiting till a month before you move isn't good.
 

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I agree in part - that we can't predict what life turns will be, but unfortunately that way of thinking is what makes people think that animals are disposable. Short of a serious illness or death, I can't think of a single good reason to give up an animal. It is like kids - you don't know where your life will lead, but surely you won't up your child because you are moving?</div>
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I think if the OP can find a good home, there's nothing irresponsible or wrong about leaving kitty with them.<br><br><br><br>
My parents temporarily moved to Russia for a few months, and my four siblings and I stayed with their good friends. My parents weren't irresponsible by leaving us with their friends; it was a safe, good home and family, and my parents knew we would be fine. I think if the OP can find a home where s/he knows kitty will be safe, that's the best option.<br><br><br><br>
*Not attacking anyone, by the way. I just don't want the OP to feel bad about considering leaving her/his kitty with a temporary family for a while. I don't think that makes kitty "disposable."
 
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