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Taking my cat to the islands

I want to sail the Caribbean with my cat. Are there any Islands I should avoid? The cat never leaves the boat and very rarely comes on deck. He did once and saw all he needed. I have seen that he has all the shots needed but want to eliminate the hassel. Have had him to Switzerland several times without any real hassels.

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Re: Taking my cat to the islands

The US Army Corp of Engineers released Mongoose on some of the US Islands (St. Thomas for sure). Mongoose are nasty rodents about the size of a Ferret. They were released because they like killing snakes. The trouble with the plan was that the snakes are nocturnal and the Mongoose is diurnal. Now they have both snakes and Mongoose. Mongoose would likely attack your cat.

Your cat would probably enjoy all the little lizards though.

Not sure about quarantine regulations at those islands. Go to noonsite.com to check on this aspect.

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Re: Taking my cat to the islands

We cruised with our cat for many years. Unfortunately, she is no longer with us, but cats do very well on a boat. Just be sure to check with the local authorities at your destination.


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I have no idea, but I hope you can make it work! We sometimes take our cats camping, they seem to like it and haven't scratched up the tent (yet).
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If the cat stays on the boat you have no problems in almost all of the Caribbean.

Declare it at customs and explain that it stays on the boat.

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Re: Taking my cat to the islands

It seems that you need a valid health certificate on most of the Windward and Leeward Islands whether the animal goes ashore or not. The BVI requirements are quite strict we hear, and though most folks w/ cats do not declare them, I can't imagine the hassle if you did that and were boarded (which happens very rarely) and were found to have an undeclared animal.
My girl so wants a warm and fuzzy aboard (I guess I'm just not fuzzy enough?) but for us at least, we can do without the added hassles for now.

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This is not at all the thread I was expecting. Make sure you have adequate ground tackle.
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It seems that you need a valid health certificate on most of the Windward and Leeward Islands whether the animal goes ashore or not. The BVI requirements are quite strict we hear, and though most folks w/ cats do not declare them, I can't imagine the hassle if you did that and were boarded (which happens very rarely) and were found to have an undeclared animal.
My girl so wants a warm and fuzzy aboard (I guess I'm just not fuzzy enough?) but for us at least, we can do without the added hassles for now.
The regs on paper are byzantine. One island requires a 3 month quarantine which has to be served in the UK. In practice you declare the cat, tell then you are at anchor and the cat never goes ashore.

Pani problem for me and Rumba from the UK to Trini then up through the islands including the BVI to the US.
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Re: Taking my cat to the islands

Islands with a British history seem to have the reputation for being the most strict for animals to visit.
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