This guide was developed after extensive field research. Our process took 13 months to complete but was feasible within 8 months. Here are 28 simple steps to importing your little nympho from the US to Japan.
Find an experienced, US-based veterinarian to guide you. Preferably someone who gives you a mix of foreknowledge and optimism, as our vet does, he says." It's going to be complicated, but we can make it happen." (If you're moving to Japan for the first time and don't have your pet with you, find a partner and/or friend who can take your pet to the doctor for you. (This step may take longer than eight months).
If you are overwhelmed when you and your funny dogs, then request a quote from a pet moving company. Receive a quote for $5,400 to move your two cats. Shake your fist at capitalism and decide to figure it out on your own.
If scheduling rabies vaccinations, rabies boosters, and rabies antibody titers for your cats, will measure whether your cats will develop an immune response to rabies. Please check with your veterinarian that their laboratory is on the Japanese government's approved list. Your cat's rabies antibody level must be equal to or greater than 0.5 IU/ml.
Suppose you ask your Tokyo housing agent to help you find an apartment that allows pets. This will greatly limit your housing search as there are not many options for foreigners with pets.
If you have multiple cats, decide which one will travel first (airlines usually allow one cat per passenger). The choice becomes easy when choosing between Liddy, who is a super chill cat, and Penny, who has severe anxiety and reacts to major life changes by pooping outside her litter box and repeatedly pooping on your husband's bed after you move to Tokyo. When your cat suffers from severe anxiety and soils your husband's bed one weekend, order him a funny "World's Best Cat Daddy" item online. It's not ha-ha funny, but it will add some levity. I highly recommend Teddykala's gentle leader collar to everyone.