Travel with the cat: pet ID is required

If you are traveling with the cat, it has been compulsory for dogs and cats to carry the EU pet passport since October 1, 2004. It replaces numerous different country regulations and is intended to simplify cross-border travel. Read here what you need to consider when you go abroad with your cat. Image: Shutterstock / Vaclav Volrab

With the introduction of the EU pet passport, the previously required international vaccination card was replaced in 2004. The identification of the animal in the document and proof of rabies vaccination are particularly important. If you are traveling with your cat, you should definitely take the "ID card for pets" with you to avoid problems with entry and exit at the borders.

EU pet passport: that's the reason

The blue pet ID card with the yellow EU stars and stripes is an official document for dogs, cats and ferrets, which according to a regulation of the European Union must be carried with the animals when crossing borders. The primary aim of the document is to attest to the important rabies vaccination and other vaccinations.

In addition, the pet passport is intended to facilitate travel across the EU with pets, as it replaces a mess of different regulations in the EU countries. However, there are special provisions in some countries regarding deworming or the import of certain breeds. It is therefore imperative that you inform yourself about the applicable provisions before you travel.

EU passport for cats: these entries are important

• Details of owner and veterinarian
• Vaccinations, especially rabies vaccination
• Breed and type
• Gender and name of the animal
• Date of birth and special features such as coat color and texture
• Microchip number and date of implantation, including details of the implantation site
• photo of the animal (no obligation)

You can find more on the topic in the guide: "EU pet passport for the cat: what must be in it?".

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You have to pay attention to this with the pet ID

Since the pet IDs are offered and sold by different companies, you should make sure that the passport that you purchase for your cat also complies with the applicable standards. It is important that the document has an individual identification number, which is noted on the cover and on each data-carrying page. This is composed of the abbreviation for the EU country (for example "DE" for Germany), a company code of the manufacturer (for example "02") and a consecutive number. In addition, the content of the document must be bilingual.

With the individual number, the pet ID can be clearly assigned to an animal. You can only obtain the important document for traveling with your cats from the veterinarian or a few other authorized bodies. The pet ID can also only be issued for animals that are labeled with a microchip.

EU pet ID costs are low

As a pet owner, you have to bear the cost of the EU pet passport yourself. They vary slightly from vet to vet. Expect five to 20 euros. If you want to have your cat chipped as part of the pet passport, there are additional costs of between 30 and 50 euros. You cannot buy the pet ID yourself - the blank documents may only be issued to authorized veterinarians.