I'm interested in what others have to say regarding cat/pet travel requirements as well. I figure I'm less than six months away from starting my journey from S.F. Bay to Florida. It looks like the only crew I'll have will be Mr Kit T. Kat and Mr Otto Pilot.
What I do know is you'll need to get a "Health Certificate" from your local Vet. Kit's Vet has already said he's happy to provide this. I don't think it has to be a specific form, and I'm sure most Vets can accomplish this. They'll want the cat to have all it's shots first.
When you enter a new country, there may be a period of time when animal crew members are in quarantine. Except for England, I believe the quarantine can be accomplished onboard. In other words, no shore leave for furred crew for a period of time (likely two weeks). If you're anchored, this definately won't be a problem with a cat.
The big concern is if your cat gets sick or is sick when you're clearing customs.
I've heard of people doing circumnavigations with cats onboard so I know it's very possible. However, every country has its requirements.
Please, those that have traveled south of the US with pets, speak up on your experiences.
Skipper, J/36 "Zero Tolerance"