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Making new kittens legal in Canberra?

By Solidarity - 3 August 2011 23

I’ve just recieved a pair of kittens from my cousins farm in the States. Was wondering what the procedure is now to make them conform to the law? I want them spayed anyway while they’re young (11 weeks at the moment) so want to get the microchipped and the like at the same time anyway.

I don’t live in Canberra, just out of it, on 20 acres… Do I need cages and runs and all that kind of stuff?

Also, can anyone recommend a vet? I’ve had many dogs, but these are my first felines.

Thanks

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Making new kittens legal in Canberra?
B Johnson 12:04 pm 04 Aug 11

Desexing a male cat costs about half the charges for desexing a female cat. When I had my cats done, I phoned several area vets for quotes and received widely varying quotes on the costs. The least expensive vet I located was in Gundaroo and the lower costs of his fees made the drive to Gundaroo worthwhile.

Thumper 8:27 am 04 Aug 11

This is, of course, a beat up.

A kitten would a cat by the time it got out of quarantine.

Chop71 10:00 pm 03 Aug 11

my pet panda is doing fine, although he did chew off his microchipped arm

KeenGolfer 7:21 pm 03 Aug 11

I brought my dog to Aus with me when I moved back here and she had to spend 6 months in quarantine in Sydney. I’d have to look up cats so don’t know if it’s similar.

Considering it cost me over $2000 in air fares for my dog (it was actually more expensive than my air fare), many vets visits overseas for injections/inspections, quarantine fees etc (all up close to $5k) I’m calling BS. You’d spend a huge amount to bring over “free” kittens?

Stevian 4:59 pm 03 Aug 11

james270 said :

I am calling BS on this one. Either that or expect a call from AQIS shortly.

Yeah, it sounds fishy

jimbocool 4:30 pm 03 Aug 11

Solidarity, I don’t want to get heavy or anything, and I’ll assume you’re not trolling, but I don’t believe your Cousin’s ‘hook-ups’ included what was required to import these kittens legally. Just on age alone they’re not permitted, and the main rabies screening test and immunisation could not have been done as they were too young (not born). They also should have spent at least 30 days in quarantine in Sydney (at your expense) prior to being collected. You would also be in no doubt as to whether they were microchipped or not – they have to be to legally imported.

They came from a farm you say? You have them out in a semi-rural area? Close to lievstock and native anim,als? They’re really big? They haven’t been quarantined or immunised against rabies? If you’re not trolling, then I’m really concerned at the biosecurity our tax dollars are paying for…

jessieduck 4:28 pm 03 Aug 11

Solidarity said :

Yeah, from the USA. My cousin has no place for them so i’ve saved them.

Am contemplating a cage to save the locals but on the flipside it’d be really handy to have them eat the rabbit population, I know it’s not the nicest thing in the world but i’d rather they take care of the rabbits rather than poisons….

Your post have given me chills for so many reasons.
1. The RSPCA is overflowing with cats that need homes and you’ve gone and gotten two standard housecats all the way from the USA.
2. F-ck your rabbit problem, if you let your cats chase them they will know no better then to stalk native animals as well.

Keep your stupid cats inside.

james270 4:17 pm 03 Aug 11

I am calling BS on this one. Either that or expect a call from AQIS shortly.

Solidarity 3:58 pm 03 Aug 11

Cousins got her hookups with all sorts of animal handlers, owning a farm and all. I had to sign a metric ton of paperwork and supply all sorts of ID, so I don’t think there is anything dodgy.

You’re right though, maybe I should read through some of the doco to see what they have had done to them. I’d still like a vet recommendation, they’ll need to see one at some point in the future.

As for the breed, they’re a pair of Pixie-Bobs. Biggest cats i’ve ever seen for ones so young!

jimbocool 3:32 pm 03 Aug 11

yes you can import cats from the USA – but they need to be at least six months old first and have been through quarantine. See http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/cat-dogs/countries/cat4/info-pack-4. there are 18 steps that you need to go through, and judging by the breezy description of the OP, I don’t think he has done any of them. Some of the steps are little ones – get microchipped – others are kinda more important, like getting immunised against rabies…

Please, please, tell me OP that you imported these kittens in accordance with quarantine law – they won’t live to tell the tale if you didn’t…

maniac 3:27 pm 03 Aug 11

Peewee Slasher said :

Good questions. I recently bought six mongoose through eBay for my small farm to keep down the snakes. It’s worked fantasticly, but now they’re bored and they sit around waiting for a numbat or bandicoot to stroll by, then it’s WHAMMO!

It’s strangley quiet around the farm now.[/quote

Peewee Slasher said :

Good questions. I recently bought six mongoose through eBay for my small farm to keep down the snakes. It’s worked fantasticly, but now they’re bored and they sit around waiting for a numbat or bandicoot to stroll by, then it’s WHAMMO!

It’s strangley quiet around the farm now.

By mongoose, do you mean ferret, which are actually a type of weasel? As far as I know, you can’t buy live animals on eBay or have mongooses as pets legally in Australia.

Also, that’s terrible killing native animals, and illegal as well. I’m also skeptical about you having numbats as they are only found in Western Australia.

Good luck with the kittens OP, what breed are they? Yes you can import cats from the States. I’d love to get a Maine Coon kitten one day.

Solidarity 3:06 pm 03 Aug 11

Yeah, from the USA. My cousin has no place for them so i’ve saved them.

Am contemplating a cage to save the locals but on the flipside it’d be really handy to have them eat the rabbit population, I know it’s not the nicest thing in the world but i’d rather they take care of the rabbits rather than poisons….

Peewee Slasher 3:04 pm 03 Aug 11

Good questions. I recently bought six mongoose through eBay for my small farm to keep down the snakes. It’s worked fantasticly, but now they’re bored and they sit around waiting for a numbat or bandicoot to stroll by, then it’s WHAMMO!

It’s strangley quiet around the farm now.

churl 2:52 pm 03 Aug 11

Please consider keeping them as inside and/or cage run cats.
For the sake of the local birds, gliders and reptiles.
There is enough damage caused by feral foxes and cats.

CHW 2:43 pm 03 Aug 11

So…. are you inside the ACT boundaries?

Which end of Canberra are you?

Having them at least microchipped, and immunised against various nasties, I think is required… and I would recommend researching parasite control – fleas, worms, and possibly even ticks…

Regarding cat runs, the netting runs do seem most effective, giving plenty of space, not to mention are flexible, moveable, and able to be configured wherever is convenient.

Given you are in the rural landscape I would feel it is more responsible to confine the kitties to the enclosure whenever they are not inside the house with you – and I would point out that they would be at risk of being taken by foxes if left out in the enclosure ovenight.

That said, to which states are you referring – surely not the United States of America?????

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