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#1 squeaza

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 12:06 AM

I think I'm mad. I have a moggy in England that I got with my flatmates a few years ago, and I have NEVER loved an animal like this. Our entire house (and now fiance too) are so besotted with Barney that we are like New Parent Bores, and just bombard people with anecdotes and show photos. Even half our friends who visit are in love with him....

When I move back to Oz next year I will have to leave him behind because I don't think he would ever recover from 24 hours on a plane, and even now, I am dreading it. All my friends over there can call me or email, or visit, but the thought that I only have one more year of his soggy puddy cat love is devastating.

Am I mad??

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 12:17 AM

I knew someone who moved from AUS to England and is now living in France, and took her cat the whole way. Ask your vet if your cat is up to it. Also remember that there is a customs period - I think it's about 6 months, and I think (really not sure, just heard somewhere) that you can do it 1/2 and 1/2 - as in 3 months in England and 3 months in AUS)
I'm dreading leaving my little kitten for the month of my honeymoon - so I can't imagine how you are feeling!
Also, if you do leave your cat behind - allow yourself some time to grieve, and don't feel bad about it!

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Posted 19 August 2004 - 12:26 AM

We had to leave our lovely kitty behind when we moved from Brisbane to Canada, it broke my heart! The worst part was we had a lot of trouble finding her a new home. We ended up advertising in the paper, and she went to live with a lovely old lady.

I think it is fairly expensive to bring a pet into Australia, as it is a rabies-free country - they have to spend a long time in quarantine.

Good luck, hope you take comfort from the fact that if you leave you cat behind, he will be living with a great bunch of people and will be happy wink.gif

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Posted 17 September 2004 - 01:51 PM

Yeah it is hard to bring animals into Australia but because we are a rabies free country it is really easy to take them out.
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Posted 17 September 2004 - 03:35 PM

My kitty cats live in Sydney with my parents and I miss them like crazy! I wanted to bring one down with me but we cant have animals sad.gif

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Posted 19 September 2004 - 08:18 PM

It would be sad! sad.gif I couldn't imagine having to do it, I left my first cat behind at my parents and that was bad enough.

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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:58 AM

Well....

8 years on, and I did survive. It was so sad to leave him - my housemates me up an album of all the pictures of him in silly categories which we have looked through regularly since leaving. I still remember the day I left, sitting out on my front fence waiting for the cab to take me to the airport, and he was just being his smoochy self and of course had no idea that I would leave for ever in a few minutes sad.gif

I have been back to the UK 5 times since moving back, once for work and a few for weddings! Barney put on a lot of weight after I left (our friends were a bit more lenient than me with serving sizes!) but remained as squishy and loveable as ever. We stayed in their flat several years ago for a few weeks, at the same time as our new furbaby here in Oz decided to get sick and wind up terribly ill in animal hospital (great to do it when your 'parents' are on the other side of the world!), and Barney was our comfort and joy while we were frantic with concern for Ollie.

His health started getting worse in the last year - we were over there last year and spent a few evenings with him, but he was a bit nervy of his human baby half-brother biggrin.gif and only let us have a few minutes of smooches at a time. He was having breathing difficulties and had to have a vaporiser session every night before bed! Thankfully with skype we spoke to him (and of course our friends!) quite regularly.

Late last year we got word that he had a faulty valve in his heart and the end was only a matter of time, and his big squishy heart gave out late on New Years Eve last year sad.gif Many tears were shed by people in all continents and I'm so glad for all the photographs we have of him.

He's in my avatar - forever keeping my keyboard warm for me smile.gif
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 07:58 AM

Awww, thanks so much for updating! I'm so glad you got to see him a few more times over the years. He sounds awesome.

I've wondered who the cat in your sig is! smile.gif
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 08:41 AM

I wasn't around when you posted your original thread.. but thanks for coming in & updating!
While I'm not a cat person, I am still very much an animal lover & understand the big spot they hold in our hearts wub.gif

Everytime I look at your Avatar now I will think of your little Barney & how loved he was smile.gif wub.gif
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 09:55 AM

So glad it all worked out and you have been able to visit over the years! It certainly sounds like he has had a good life smile.gif I'm a cat person too, and even going away for a few months at the end of this year is worrying me. It's so hard to leave the fur-babies sad.gif
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Posted 31 July 2012 - 12:54 PM

I found it hard enough to leave Jasper for the 12 months we lived in Canada so I can only imagine how hard it was to leave your cat for good.

Though it's great you got to see him over the years and it sounds like he led a great, comfortable, over indulgent life biggrin.gif.
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