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    I know this seems like madness, but I want to bring my cat Alice to Japan with me--if I get into JET for this year. My question is: has anyone brought a pet with them from home (I live in Kentucky, so it's gonna be a long plane ride!), and if so, what did you do with your poor pet while at the orientation?

    What are everyone's suggestions on bringing (or not bringing) my cat?

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    Well, bringing pets is very difficult for the pet--they have to be in quarantine for a while--lots of things.... I never brought a pet with me, but it's hard.

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    do not bring your pet

    do a search on this site the reasons are out there....

    death, apartments normaly dont allow pets, death....check it out
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    I have read up on Japan's pet-policy and if your pet has both legitimate papers (showing that it's had its shots) and microchiped, they will forgo the horrendous quarantine process. However, JAL makes all pets ride in the cargo hold these days because of people's allergies, which will stress a kitty out.

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    Again, it's pretty much what your research said, with the addendum that this is Japan, and indeed ANY tiny mistake on the forms will make it go into quarantine for up to 6 months.

    On top of THAT, like mark said, many apartments don't allow pets, so you would have to go through the extra process AFTER you got here of finding a new apartment, and not being able to stay in the place provided until you did so. And you really wouldn't be able to do it before you got here, either.

    I've heard it being done, but it is a HUGE pain with many chances for failure. I am very much a cat person, and even I didn't want to attempt it. I just didn't want to risk it with my cat's life and comfort at stake.

    If you're planning on staying 5 years and have a lot of patience and discipline, go for it.

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    Lauren,
    What did you do with your cat? Parents? Kind friends?

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    Bringing a pet would be a bad idea. Your cat would never forgive you.

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    brought my dog here this summer....no problems, took about 1 1/2 hour to be out of the gates of Narita Airport after plane landed......................One happy dog and a very happy dog owner

    How ever like every one has said.....if you don`t have a house forget about bringing your pet. You won`t be allowed to have it in an apartment.

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    hey your dogs cool, and dogs are a lot differnt than cats, cats die if you move to a new city....dogs are happy no matter where they are......
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    aye....that is true...but besides the dying part.....bringing a pet to Japan is hard due to not being allowed to have pets in apartments (most of the time anyways).

    Also cats scratches the hoods of cars :evil:

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    i was really tempted.. but then had freak outs about what could go wrong in bringing my cat here. I was lucky enough to be able to leave her with my family.
    also cats tend to imprint on places, while dogs on people.. so cats don't make the best adjustment to new living arrangements. most apartments even if they allow pets are fairly small, so think about how happy/unhappy your cat might be if she was stuck in a teeny room all the time.

    good luck with it. but if it were me and I had somewhere safe and good to leave my cat I would (and did) leave her.

    with pets.. its not whats best for you but whats best for them
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    Agreed. Just don`t do it. It`s better all around for everyone. See if you can find a nice friend or even better, parents to foster him until you can get back. The hardest part of getting ready to come was giving my baby up which I had to do as my parents live in a different province from where I was at the time...and of course, I missed the little guy desperately during those really bad two weeks when you feel the lonliest you ever have been in your life.

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    Agreed. Just don`t do it. It`s better all around for everyone. See if you can find a nice friend or even better, parents to foster him until you can get back. The hardest part of getting ready to come was giving my baby up which I had to do as my parents live in a different province from where I was at the time...and of course, I missed the little guy desperately during those really bad two weeks when you feel the lonliest you ever have been in your life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by malus
    Lauren,
    What did you do with your cat? Parents? Kind friends?
    Actually, my boyfriend and parents had a custody battle over him -- they both wanted him! I was really lucky. Also, I knew I would only be a year, so that softened the blow for me, at least.

    I have a non JET friend who jumped through all the hoops and got her kitty here okay, so it's been done, but she did say she was stressed out and OCD over the forms. Good luck!

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    Just to add another one... Dont bring a pet.

    - You mighnt know until you arrive whether you could have pets or not at your place.
    - The pet will be traumatised for life.
    - You will be out all the time socialising and making new friends and exploring Japan - what would your pet do? And if youre not planning on going out and exploring Japan and making new friends, then why come on JET?
    - There is no where to put them during Tokyo orientation
    - There is no time for you to even think or breathe between leaving your home country and arriving at Keio Plaza, and then leaving Keio and going to your prefecture, so no time to pick up/drop off/look after a pet.

    Not trying to be pessimistic or rain on your parade, I had really considered bringing my cat, and have now realised it would have been selfish of me and terrible for her.

    If you turned this thread into a poll I bet 99% would vote dont even try.

    And to shed a little perspective, swede is not a JET and has a house an family and a life here. Am I right?
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    as right as one could be lains

    Hence the "don`t bring your pet" part..............wouldn`t have made it on JET since it would have stopped me from having my dog with me :cry: (plus the fact that Sweden isn`t on the JET program, but Finland is??? WHY???????????)

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    Awesome suggestions all around. This is pretty much what I had anticipated as far as challenges and hoop-jumping. The orientation problem is a real obstacle--that and the kitty torture. Wouldn't want to risk her physical or mental health. A second plan would be to bring her later if we had things set up...say after a christmas visit home. Eek. Guess we'll have to start shopping for kitty foster parents.

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    Now I'm all worried. My boyfriend and I adopted a cat from another ALT and we want to take her back with us instead of leaving her here. We checked the Japan-Canada stuff and it seems ok, but I'm a bit nervous about it since she hates riding in the carrier. :cry: My poor kitty...
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    can`t you give cats sleeping pills??? Knock it out for the flight and it should be OK...No?

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    If you put a cat in the cargo hold of a plane, it will never, never be the same again. It will literally fuck it up for life, and more than likely, it will be dead when it arrives. Go with what everyone here says.
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