(a) keep the boat at anchor or on a mooring always while in Australia. Boat is never allowed to go to a marina. Quarantine officers will regularly check out the boat to see if kitty is aboard AND boat is locked up with hatches closed if you are not aboard.. They don't say how regularly, but maybe 1 visit / week or so. At $180/hr, it wouldn't take long for costs to mount up... And it might be nice to visit a marina or haulout sometime.
(b) put cat in quarantine upon arrival. Only East Coast quarantine station is in Sydney so you might have to make arrangements to get the cat there at hideous extra cost. If you visit some Pacific Islands (I think Cook I and Samoa are on the 'bad' country list,) quarantine time increases to 60 days. If you are like us and left from Mexico, you have to have the cat rabies vaxed and tested in the US, a not inconsiderable hassle. They won't accept Mexican rabies test results. Heck they wouldn't accept Canadian rabies test results. The blood went to a US lab.
So we opted to send Cat back to Canada to live with my parents for 11 months, and did paperwork and testing from there, and flew him to Sydney where he was in solitary for 30 days. I flew from Brisbane to Sydney at an unspeakable hour to get him. Hope you like your cat Maia and Diane!
|Fly cat PV to Vancouver||100|
|Vet Fees, Canada, govt vet||379|
|Vet Fees, Canada, private vet||339|
|Air Canada Cargo, Vancouver to Sydney||400|
|Taxis, to/from Brisbane airport||100|
|Flight to/from Sydney||213|
|Cat cargo fee, Sydney to Brisbane||55|
|Rental car, fuel, meals||100|