Take Paws is a showcase for people having fun with their pets – and sharing YOUR pet travel experiences may be the nudge someone else needs to pack up and head out with their own best friend! Today we’re excited to have Paul and Brittany from Fluffy Kitty sharing their pet travel experiences.
This is the story of a handsome grey cat named Yoda who went on a grand adventure across the world.
But wait. That’s not how it all began.
Picture it. It’s July 2014 and Paul and I, at the time aged 24 and 20, just came back from studying for a year in France. Young and filled with wanderlust, we knew it wouldn’t be long until we would be traveling again. But Paul didn’t know what he was in for, being with an animal lover.
One mere week later, I had somehow convinced him to adopt a beautiful 10 week-old boy kitten. “Don’t worry! We can still pursue our dream of a life of travel, even with a cat! I promise. You’ll see, everything will work out just fine!” And just like that, Yoda was adopted into his forever home.
Yoda’s kittenhood was filled with travel. He’s a natural at it, too. Maybe kittens are born with it, or maybe it’s pedigree – either way, we took him everywhere we went and exposed him to our busy lives, and he adapted extraordinarily well. From short and long car rides to walking on his leash in public parks, Yoda became known to everyone who saw him as a very special and unique traveling cat.
After Yoda’s first birthday, Paul and I decided we should share our unique experiences of traveling with Yoda. And that’s how Fluffy Kitty, our cat blog inspired by Yoda, came to be.
Each day is a learning process with our wild beast, so you can imagine the challenge of learning how to fly across the world with a cat. Well, no need to imagine it – I’m here to tell you.
Flash forward to July 2015 and I’d just found out I was accepted to work and pursue a graduate program in Kathmandu, Nepal. I accepted without hesitation. But here’s the catch: I was given two weeks to get there!
Two weeks to pack up our life with Yoda in Greensboro, North Carolina, move back home with mom in the mountains, figure out how the heck to get Yoda approved for flying, buy tickets, pack, and get going for a planned stay of two years.
People were surprised when we told them Yoda was coming with us to Nepal, as if we could actually leave him behind for two years. Yeah, right.
I had confidence in Yoda; after all, he is our traveling cat.
It’s a miracle I got everything done in two weeks: vaccinations; vet appointments that I had to beg for; an international health certificate (required no more than 10 mere days prior to departure); finding an IATA approved pet carrier that satisfied BOTH in-cabin and cargo regulations; numerous calls to reserve Yoda’s space with two different airline companies; getting signatures from the USDA in Florida – the list goes on and on. Preparing a cat for international plane travel is no easy task! Here are the steps you’ll need to take:
For our crazy story about flying from the US to Nepal, and a more detailed to-do list for traveling with a cat on a plane read Yoda Flies to Nepal. We’ve been in Nepal eight months now, and having Yoda by our side in Kathmandu has been nothing but rewarding; we simply couldn’t imagine traveling and living abroad without him!
About the Authors: Paul and Brittany are two young digital nomads discovering their diverse passions in life by way of travel and exploration. Currently based in Kathmandu, Nepal, when Paul and Brittany are not typing away for Fluffy Kitty, they enjoy learning about the exotic Nepali culture, making and eating delicious food, and living in the moment alongside their furry best friend, Yoda.
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