I am moving to California from Ukraine. I know the exact requirements from Ukranian part, but what about USA part and especially California? What is the exact list of requirements for the cat?
It appears that the requirements to import a cat to the U.S. may not be too onerous. The guidelines I have found for importing cats to the United States seem to indicate that they must simply be healthy; it appears there may be surprisingly little paperwork involved.
I just called the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) on the phone to ask about importing a cat from Ukraine. They confirmed that there should "not be too much worry" about importing a healthy cat, but referred me to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), which has jurisdiction over animal importation to the U.S., and to the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The CDC contact information is:
And the phone number for California Department of Food and Agriculture is +1(916)654-1447.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website says:
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection department has some scary words:
However, they also seem to indicate that the requirements are not too complicated beyond simply having a healthy cat:
The State of California website says simply:
You should also check the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s "Importation of Pets and Other Animals Into the United States" web site.
Be sure to call your airline(s) to ask about the airline's requirements for transporting your cat. You will probably have to reserve a spot for the animal on the airplane (even if it is traveling with you as "carry on") and pay a fee. If your itinerary includes flights operated by multiple different airlines, you will have to contact each of them individually, and probably pay a fee to each of them too.
Also be sure to check the requirements of any intermediate stops in your itinerary. For example, it may not be possible to bring your pet through Ireland or the UK (or other islands).
Obtaining an English-language health certificate with a stamp and signature from a vet might be helpful.